Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) announces Symantec Health, a new hosted medical image archiving and sharing solution for healthcare providers, that helps lower storage costs and provides secure, Web-based image sharing for non-affiliated hospitals and physicians. The new Symantec Health Safe solution consists of two components: Symantec Health Safe and Symantec Health Image Share.
With medical images increasing in volume and density and longer retention periods occurring, storage costs are growing exponentially. Many IT organizations struggle to accurately budget and fund on-site storage. Symantec Health Safe addresses the high cost of storage by providing affordable capacity on-demand and business continuity.
“Health IT executives continually cite the soaring costs associated with medical image storage as one of the biggest challenges they face,” said Lori Wright, vice president and general manager of the Electronic Health Group at Symantec. “Symantec’s security and storage management expertise and its leading Software as a Service portfolio are key reasons why many healthcare industry leaders trust Symantec to deliver these new hosted offerings in a cost-effective and secure way.”
According to Rick Schooler, vice president and chief information officer of Orlando Health, a 1,800 bed hospital system in Orlando, FL, “Symantec has been able to create an affordable alternative to onsite storage to help reduce image archiving costs and capital expenses while enhancing business continuity. A key advantage of Symantec Health is its surprisingly quick deployment and integration with the existing Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).”
In addition, Symantec Health Image Share enables healthcare providers to confidently share images and reports with non-affiliated hospitals and physicians over the Internet, reducing the inconvenience and costs associated with CDs and DVDs used in many organizations today.
“Symantec offers secure image sharing that is like a social network for healthcare—one clinician can invite another clinician to view images without having to implement complex interfaces,” said Dr. John Halamka, chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.
Key features and benefits of Symantec Health solutions include:
Symantec Health Safe:
- Affordable and reliable storage to accommodate the growing number and size of medical images
- Capacity on demand and business analytics to provide budget predictability and control
- Business continuity to ensure that medical images are secure and available in the event of a business disruption, a disaster or a security breach
Symantec Health Image Share:
- Ability for non-affiliated clinicians to search, view and download images with a physician-friendly Web interface
- Secure provider-to-provider image sharing to streamline clinical operations, reduce re-imaging, and enable hospital outreach for expanding the referral network
Symantec Health Safe is currently available, and Symantec Health Image Share is expected to be available in the coming weeks.