A healthcare system in South America deploys a private cloud

Using virtualization to extend medical services to rural communities

Published on 03-Dec-2013

Customer:
A healthcare system in South America

Industry:
Government, Healthcare

Deployment country:
Brazil

IBM Business Partner:
Kanteron Systems

Overview

This South American national healthcare system provides medical services for more than three million patients annually. Known for its progressive approach to healthcare, the organization was first among South American nations to inoculate women against cervical cancer. Furthering its focus on preventive care, including reducing the number of patients referred to high-level urban hospitals, the organization added 100 primary care centers to rural areas, an expansion designed to treat more than 80 percent of the healthcare needs of each district.

Business need:
A healthcare system sought to provide a standards-compliant medical imaging and diagnostics solution to a dispersed network of rural healthcare centers.

Solution:
A private cloud solution from IBM® extends medical resources to more than 100 rural healthcare centers, dramatically improving care quality and reducing costs.

Benefits:
The IBM solution helped reduce care costs,extend quality care to more citizens and eliminate redundant on-site server and storage investments.

Case Study

This South American national healthcare system provides medical services for more than three million patients annually. Known for its progressive approach to healthcare, the organization was first among South American nations to inoculate women against cervical cancer. Furthering its focus on preventive care, including reducing the number of patients referred to high-level urban hospitals, the organization added 100 primary care centers to rural areas, an expansion designed to treat more than 80 percent of the healthcare needs of each district.

Challenge
The healthcare system wanted to expand, in part by developing a medical imaging management system based on the Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) standard, a protocol specifying that all medical images be universally accessible across the healthcare system. Such centralized medical image management and analysis significantly reduces overall healthcare costs and helps increase care quality for individuals. The healthcare system’s IT infrastructure, however, lacked the necessary resources to support a DICOM-compliant implementation.

Solution
The healthcare system teamed with IBM Global Technology Services ® — Strategic Outsourcing and IBM Business Partner Kanteron Systems to develop, implement and support a Kanteron DICOM station for multimodal digital medical image processing and rendering. IBM developed a dual-location data center with a private cloud infrastructure to help the client acquire, transmit and store images across all its nationwide healthcare centers. The algorithm-based Kanteron solution creates diagnostic tools and manipulates digital radiographs, including X-rays and other types of scans, in a single image or series capture. The solution facilitates faster imaging and document transfer, which helps improve diagnosis quality and speed.

IBM deployed the solution on a private cloud supported by two IBM Power® 770 servers running the IBM AIX® V6 operating system, each housed in a separate data center. The client stores medical imaging and administrative data and applications on an IBM System Storage® DS5100 device with 90 TB of total capacity, divided equally between applications and image storage. IBM PowerHA® technology facilitates high availability for medical imaging and business-critical applications systemwide.

With medical imaging facilities networked through the cloud, the client can now provide rural residents with the high standard of care that was previously available only in urban hospitals. For healthcare professionals, the solution offers a cutting-edge diagnostic tool, facilitating multimodal record creation and analysis to support more accurate diagnosis and treatment. The solution provides the nation’s healthcare system with a cost-effective, scalable infrastructure managed by IBM.

Benefits
· Reduces care costs by improving diagnostic accuracy and eliminating unnecessary testing
· Extends quality care to more citizens by giving healthcare professionals remote access to medical histories and images
· Eliminates redundant on-site server and storage investments through a centralized data center and cloud infrastructure

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Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
Power 770, Storage: DS5100

Software:
DB2 for AIX, PowerHA

Service:
GTS Strategic Outsourcing

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