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November 29, 2011

GE Healthcare to Offer Rorke Data Galaxy ADA DICOM Archive Solution

To offer patients with better care at a lower cost in various hospitals, clinics, GE Healthcare’s Accessories Group has chosen the Rorke Data Galaxy ADA DICOM appliance to provide a low-cost archive solution for hospitals, clinics and imaging facilities.

According to a press release, the Galaxy archive solution from Rorke Data is a network attached storage (NAS) system that works on fault-tolerant RAID technology with Panasonic's Advanced Disc for Archive (ADA) drive and encased Blu-ray Disc media to provide long-life, high-capacity removable storage for HIPAA compliant file archiving.

“Magneto Optical (MO) drives are no longer being manufactured, and we needed to find an alternative removable media storage solution for our customers,” said Rob Schaefer, accessories global product manager at GE Healthcare. “Rorke Data's ADA-based archive appliance reflects an innovation in storage management for the healthcare industry. For customers currently using MO technology, this appliance offers an easy transition to a new solution. The Galaxy integrates the benefits of both hard disks and removable Blu-ray media, delivering a cost-effective archival solution.”

Rorke Data's Galaxy ADA DICOM appliance includes hot swappable 1 TB mirrored hard drives for redundancy, DICOM-compliant storage appliance compatible with multiple modalities and viewing workstations, Web-based user interface for easy installation and remote access, automatic archiving to ADA media from high-performance hard drive cache, and Panasonic 50 GB archive-grade optical media.

“Current users of the discontinued magneto-optical discs will find that ADA media provides a tremendous increase in disc capacity at lower per gigabyte cost through the use of the widely supported Blu-ray Disc format,” said Robin Sweeten, group manager, strategic marketing, Panasonic Industrial Company. “Imaging department staff are already familiar with cartridge-based optical media, and we are pleased to bring this greatly enhanced archival storage solution to GE Healthcare customers via the Rorke Data Galaxy solution.”

“The Galaxy ADA DICOM appliance is a robust yet cost-effective archive solution that allows any size healthcare provider to protect and manage patient image data. The system is simple to use and operate, and installs in less than one hour, requiring little or no IT resources, depending on the facility,” said Joe Swanson, group executive vice president, general manager sales and marketing at Rorke Data. “We are proud to partner with GE Healthcare in the effort to bring low-cost, high-quality storage solutions to the expanding medical diagnostic imaging market.”

In other news, demonstrating its continued commitment to patient care, GE Healthcare recently announced an additional $300 million investment in low-dose technologies and unveiled an array of radiation-dose management offerings.

Mandira Srivastava is a HealthTechZone contributor. She works as a full-time writer, ghostwriter and blogger, and has more than two years of experience in print and Web media. She has also worked on company brochures, website content and product descriptions, as well as proofreading and editing content. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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