Hospital cuts storage costs in half with EMC big data solution


St. Dominic Hospital, an acute care facility in Jackson, Mississippi, consolidated approximately 500 million patient records and medical images into a new storage infrastructure from EMC, replacing a NetApp implementation.

The hospital, which has 535 patient beds, said it was able to increase its system performance by 1,000 percent and cut costs by 50 percent using EMC's Isilon scale-out storage systems to manage its big data requirements. It's also supporting a 20 percent annual growth rate in data.

St. Dominic has decreased, to less than one second, the time it takes to retrieve medical images while maintaining 100 percent uptime, the hospital said.  

It looked at solutions from Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) , IBM (NYSE: IBM), NetApp, Scale Computing and EMC, but chose EMC's Isilon and used Presidio as its Velocity Solution Provider.

It was able consolidate its legacy storage environment onto Isilon, which now supports the hospital's McKesson Horizon Patient Folder EMR solution, as an archive based on GE Centricity PACS.

Wendell Pinegar, applications supervisor at the hospital, said the hospital will have saved 50 percent annually on IT-related expenses as a result of the new system setup.

  "A key design requirement was to maintain two geographically dispersed storage clusters with separate but identical copies of our medical images and patient records. Meeting the explosive demands for growth was also a significant challenge so we also needed to simplify our overall storage environment," he said.

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