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March 07, 2013

BridgeHead Teams Up with ClearData for Cloud-Based Medical Archiving System

Healthcare data management company, BridgeHead Software, has partnered with ClearData Networks, a healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, to create a new medical archiving system called HealthDATA.

The cloud-based service provides healthcare organizations with a HIPAA-compliant, scalable platform that offers a vendor-neutral archive and general medical archive services. For example, a customer can choose to store healthcare data in the cloud, or deploy a high availability gateway on site.

BridgeHead’s capabilities support DICOM and non-DICOM data, which allow hospitals to store, protect and share both clinical and administrative data in the cloud, according to Darin Brannan, CEO at ClearDATA Networks.

“The partnership with BridgeHead is symbiotic as the company shares ClearDATA’s dedicated focus on supporting the healthcare environment,” Brannan said in a statement. “BridgeHead’s unique Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution allows hospitals to efficiently and effectively manage all of their data. This, combined with our expertise in delivering cloud solutions, enables us to collectively offer a comprehensive solution to our customers.”

ClearDATA also plans to leverage BridgeHead’s presence in the healthcare market to increase cloud adoption by hospitals, company officials said.

BridgeHead’s Medical Archive, which incorporates a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), provides an environment equipped to manage the full range of data within a hospital.  From the clinical side, this includes DICOM images from radiology departments or scanned patient information.

The platform is also able to manage more generic, unstructured file data such as e-mails, documents and spreadsheets found across the healthcare enterprise.

“ClearDATA occupies a unique position in the market as a healthcare-specific cloud provider,” said Tony Cotterill, chief product officer and founder of BridgeHead.

“As a result, they recognize that healthcare has particular governance, compliance and data issues that need to be adhered to.”

Edited by Braden Becker
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