St. Dominic Hospital Treats Explosive Big Data and Home Directory Growth with
Hospital Replaces NetApp, Consolidates Nearly One-Half Billion Patient Records
and Medical Images; Increases Performance by 1,000% while decreasing cost 50%
HOPKINTON, Mass., Feb. 6, 2013
HOPKINTON, Mass., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC)
today announced that St. Dominic Hospital, a 535-bed acute care facility in
Jackson, Mississippi, consolidated its legacy storage infrastructure onto
EMC^® Isilon^® scale-out storage to manage its Big Data requirements. With EMC
Isilon, St. Dominic's is enabling dramatically faster and more reliable access
to medical images and patient records while supporting 20% annual data growth
and ongoing expansion of the hospital.
oImproved Performance-- Time to retrieve medical images has decreased to
less than one second as the result of St. Dominic's achieving a 1,000%
increase in performance with EMC Isilon.
oSignificant Cost Savings-- EMC Isilon's high performance, simplified
administration and increased reliability saves St. Dominic's 50% annually
on long-term storage costs.
oSimplified Administration-- St. Dominic's IT is able to spend less time
on IT administration tasks, while maintaining 100% uptime and freeing time
for projects that help improve organizational efficiency and patient care.
Customer Challenges and Solution:
St. Dominic Hospital's Big Data assets were growing at a rate of 20% annually
due to advances in medical imaging technology, combined with the hospital's
acquisition of a diagnostic imaging center, doctors' offices and the opening
of health clinics. In addition, healthcare reform required greater use of
electronic medical records (EMR), resulting in more information being captured
in electronic patient charts. Aging PACS and EMR archiving platforms running
on legacy storage could no longer scale to meet growth demands. For example,
the hospital's prior NetApp solution, which housed home directories,
departmental shares and several document management systems, lacked the
performance to service data requests.
After considering solutions from Dell, IBM, NetApp, Scale Computing and EMC,
St. Dominic Hospital selected EMC Isilon, with the help of EMC Velocity™
Solution Provider Presidio, for its performance, scalability and ease of
management. St. Dominic's Hospital consolidated its legacy storage environment
onto EMC Isilon NL-Series in two replicated clusters. EMC Isilon supports the
hospital's McKesson Horizon Patient Folder (HPF) EMR solution, as well as a
vendor-neutral archive based on GE Centricity PACS, storing massive image
files generated by CT-scans, 3D ultrasound, vascular studies, mammography, MRI
and radiology. Nearly one-half billion HPF and PACS files reside on EMC
Isilon, allowing St. Dominic's to take advantage of EMC Isilon's exponential
performance growth as it scales.
In addition, St. Dominic's uses EMC Isilon InsightIQ® performance management,
SmartLock® data retention, SnapshotIQ™ data protection and SyncIQ® data
With EMC Isilon, St. Dominic's has gained virtually limitless scalability to
enable its adoption of advanced medical imaging technologies and its expansion
with the addition of doctor's offices and health clinics. St. Dominic's also
is leveraging EMC Isilon to significantly lower total cost of ownership of its
Wendell W. Pinegar, Applications Supervisor, St. Dominic Hospital
"When we consider the long-term costs associated with our legacy storage
platforms, we will have saved 50% annually on IT-related expenses since
implementing EMC Isilon."
"We were impressed with the simplicity of EMC Isilon – especially compared to
other vendor's solutions. Having one name space for our unstructured data,
medical images, home directories and document shares was very attractive and
made it easier to manage. It worked right out of the box without hours of
complex configuration. This was a drastic change from the other storage
platforms we had purchased."
"We needed a 'forever' solution with unlimited scalability. Because our core
mission is patient care, 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. With EMC Isilon's scale-out storage and advanced
software, we discovered a very painless way to achieve all those
"In our McKesson EMR environment, image retrieval times have decreased from up
to six seconds to less than one second. By the time we are fully implemented
we will have achieved a 1,000% increase in overall sustained I/O performance
versus our legacy storage solution."
"When you have to manage Big Data such as huge 3D medical image files, we need
a 'forever' solution like EMC Isilon that allows us to continue growing to
meet our Big Data needs. Isilon allows us to grow as large as we want and as
fast as we need without over-building our storage. We just add nodes and the
cluster dynamically brings in additional storage with 100% uptime."
"As far as maintenance, there's not a lot to do. Since we don't have to
concentrate on day-to-day management of storage, we have more time to focus on
projects that add value for the hospital. The entire solution is easy to
manage and requires just a few touch points for any task."
"At St. Dominic's we realize that it's all about the patient and we are ever
mindful that our purpose is to serve those in need. Isilon has helped us
simplify our infrastructure while improving the quality of patient care and
the overall efficiency of our organization. This allows us to concentrate on
the bigger picture and work toward strategic improvements within the hospital
and we simply couldn't do that without EMC Isilon."
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