Philips Medical Systems makes a digital cardiac ultrasound workstation for small health care facilities, such as clinics and doctors' offices. Until recently, images sent to the Philips Xcelera Focus system were stored on 5-1/4" optical disks and managed via third-party storage software. But this process was quite labor intensive for their customers, who often have very little technical know-how. Because they would fill up, the optical platters had to be flipped every day or two, and then labeled, cataloged, and filed manually. When clinicians needed to view and compare a patient's prior exams, it was time consuming and difficult to locate and retrieve the earlier studies.
Philips Medical Systems decided that a network-attached storage (NAS) system was needed to cure their customers' storage heartache. After comparing multiple products, Philips chose the Intel® Entry Storage System SS4000-E. Reasons included: built-in RAID 5 for better data protection, integrated storage software for better manageability, networkability for easier access throughout a clinical setting, automated backup for peace of mind, and significantly lower cost than the optical disk strategy.
Using two of the Intel SS4000-E storage servers mirrored for additional redundancy, Philips has cut about USD 10 thousand off the storage cost for more than one terabyte of data by eliminating the need to buy expensive optical disks. At the same time, the solution is much easier to operate and manage, resulting in better department work flow and fewer labeling errors.