News | March 23, 2009

European Demand Digitized Medical Imaging Storage to Increase

March 23, 2009 - It is essential that image archive storage solution providers, PACS vendors and image modality manufacturers become aware of the growing requirements of storage space, according to Frost & Sullivan.

According to analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s “Strategic Outlook into Archive Requirements for Image Management in Medical Imaging” report, the total European storage requirement in 2007 was 106,044 terabytes (TB). In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examined medical image storage solutions markets in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Benelux and Italy.

"There is an increasing demand for digitizing medical images as opposed to the traditional film-based images," said Frost & Sullivan research analyst Shriram Shanmugham. "Unlike film-based images, digital images do not decay over time and can easily be stored for longer periods of time. Digitized images require less inventory space and the same image can be accessed by multiple physicians simultaneously."

Moreover, the turn-around time from the initial meeting with the physician to availing complete diagnosis is reduced. As a result, patients can expect quicker appointments with physicians and they can have permanent access to the images from remote sites.

However, certain images are not DICOM compatible and require a service-oriented approach in order to be archived. This is primarily because evolving healthcare standards such as DICOM and HL7 are being updated at a much slower pace than image archiving and image modality technology.

Other challenges include ensuring interoperability with hospital-based information systems. Another issue is that diagnostic procedures such as echo and angiogram generate a high resolution, large file-size images, and their long retrieval times pose a concern for hospitals.

"Some PACS vendors provide their own unique solution to archiving images that are not DICOM compatible, while others think it is wise to work around the evolving healthcare standards so that, in the future, systems interoperability is streamlined," said Shanmugham. "This trend of providing solutions to images that are not DICOM compatible will be prevalent over the next five to seven years."

The digitized medical imaging archives market requires complete cooperation among the following three major industry participants: PACS vendors, image modality manufacturers and storage solution providers. Some PACS vendors have indicated that it would be convenient for them if image modality manufacturers provided them with test data before an image modality is released into the market. By having the test data before hand, PACS vendors affirmed that they could easily establish connectivity (interoperability) of their module with the image modality.

"Hospitals cannot afford to experience an image server downtime," concludes Shanmugham. "It is therefore essential that storage solution providers devise innovative technology that obviates the possibility of such server downtime."

For more information: www.frost.com

Related Content

Latest FlashBlade enhancements let workflows take center stage, help enterprises realize the potential of modern, real-time analytics
News | Information Technology | May 12, 2020
May 12, 2020 — Pure Storage announced the availability of...
These solutions, the Lung Density Analysis II (LDA-II) workflow for Intuition and the Emergency Lung AI Suite, provide two deployment options for rapid access to lung segmentation and quantification tools that can be applied to a wide range of lung illnesses and have been optimized to adapt to the latest disease presentation states
News | Artificial Intelligence | May 07, 2020
May 7, 2020 — As COVID-19 makes its way across t
Coviant Software, a provider of managed file transfer software that provides an easy way to automate, secure, manage, and audit file transfers while maintaining the highest levels of security and compliance, has extended its Diplomat MFT product to support the Google Cloud Healthcare API. 
News | Information Technology | May 04, 2020
May 4, 2020 — Coviant Software, a provider of managed file transfer software that provides an easy way to automate, s
Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced its status as a Google Cloud Premier Partner.
News | Archive Cloud Storage | January 14, 2020
January 14, 2020 — ...
Intelerad Expands Cloud-based Managed Services Offering Worldwide
News | PACS | October 23, 2019
Intelerad Medical Systems announced the worldwide expansion of its Nuage Cloud Managed Services offering. Medical...
Intelerad's nuage Patient Portal

Intelerad's nuage Patient Portal. Image courtesy of Intelerad.

News | Enterprise Imaging | October 17, 2019
Intelerad Medical Systems announced that OneWelbeck, a London...
Heath information technology diagram showing use of cloud storage.
Feature | Archive Cloud Storage | September 04, 2019 | Tyna Callahan
In healthcare, critical systems are being used to deliver vital information and services 24x7x365.