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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

i3ARCHIVE Extends the Capabilities of its GRID Based Medical Imaging Architecture

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BERWYN, Pa., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- i3ARCHIVE, Inc. announces that it hasextended the capabilities of its GRID based medical imaging architecture knownas the National Digital Medical Archive ("NDMA") to service the needs ofbusiness continuity and disaster recovery for picture archive andcommunications systems ("PACS"). The April 2005 HIPAA security updatesrequiring that all healthcare entities have a disaster recovery plan ineffect, requiring a copy of all medical data be secure, retrievable andmaintained in a second location, such that if the primary copy of the data isdestroyed or made unavailable, the disaster recovery copy would be available,have led to questions as to how these mandated requirements would befulfilled. In the wake of recent natural disasters, clearly it is not beyondthe realm of possibility that images and data could be forever destroyed,leaving a hospital without its patients record and a patient without his/herhealth history. Radiologic imaging records are among the most difficult tomanage and securely back-up. The NDMA's Business Continuity and DisasterRecovery(TM) ("NDMA-BCDR") services exceeds HIPAA's requirements, and willprovide current, as well as new, PACS customers with the unprecedented abilityto host a replicated, virtual instance of their PACS environment that can beaccessed during periods of unavailability or inaccessibility.

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On the heals of the success of its breast imaging management services, aswell as the myNDMA personal health management portal, i3ARCHIVE is providingPACS owners with a robust, on-demand solution for disaster recovery andbusiness continuity.

"As a radiologist, who relies on our facility's PACS infrastructure,intermittent interruptions are not just a mere nuisance, but are disruptive toour workflow. The NDMA's business continuity functionality removesdependencies on an alternative workflow, which creates inconsistencies,inefficiencies and frustrations in the work environment, and instead creates aseamless resurrection of a PACS environment," says Mitchell D. Schnall, M.D.,Ph.D., Associate Chair of Radiology, Department of Radiology, University ofPennsylvania Medical Center.

Powered by IBM's GRID-based computing system, the NDMA-BCDR system offersthe continual benefit of disaster recovery, as well as the operational benefitof real-time fail-over for existing PACS environments during intermittentinterruptions or systems failure to an always-available replicated copy ofthat can be directly queried from the NDMA. "As an on-demand service focusedon digital medical imaging, the NDMA-BCDR Services is unique in its ability toprovide more than just disaster recovery services. The NDMA-BCDR service ismoving the institutionally mandated, yet often unfunded, considerationssurrounding disaster recovery of a PACS system to an operational benefit witha discernable ROI. These proven technologies can now bring the security andcomfort of real-time fail-over access to a hospital's PACS data in either adisaster or intermittent interruption. Once again, i3ARCHIVE's NDMAdemonstrates the best of On-Demand," says Scott Cleare , Medical ImagingSegment Executive, IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences.

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