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“ Changes in HIPAA—related to disaster recovery—have

— Michael Leonard, Senior Health Care Product Manager, Iron Mountain Inc.

certainly helped make cloud storage more attractive to help organizations meet their obligations.


“Changes in HIPAA—related to disaster recovery—have certainly helped make cloud storage more attractive to help organizations meet their obligations,” Michael Leonard, Iron Mountain Inc. senior health care product manager, said in an email.

“Customers have spent a couple of years getting better educated about the benefits and risks of cloud-based solutions. We believe there is a much better understanding of the issues and a greater comfort level with security in the cloud. Other industries have moved more quickly towards adoption of cloud services and, with success demonstrated in other industries, healthcare customers have taken notice.”

Many Reasons, Many Advantages Iron Mountain is seeing the adoption of cloud storage services growing among healthcare customers of all sizes. There are different reasons for adopting the technology depending on the size of the organization, Leonard noted.

Smaller organizations are struggling with storage management issues and limited resources; they solve storage management issues by utilizing cloud vendors. Larger organizations may be struggling with similar issues, but they are also looking to consolidate similar information from discrete sources (such as several flavors of PACS), sharing that data across the organization, and improving their disaster recovery processes.

Speed vs. Storage If a rural healthcare setting is already served well by an existing regional wide area network, storing data in a private health care cloud—essentially, a regional WAN with firewalled virtual storage—doesn’t yet make sense. That’s according to Cavett Otis, IT director at Imaging Associates of North Mississippi Magnolia (IANMM), a regional radiology practice headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi, and serving northeast Mississippi and south-central Tennessee.

So far, IANMM—which interprets up to 120 studies a day across 6 hospitals, 2 imaging centers, and several other locations—is coping in-house with the rising storage needs new imaging technologies require.

On the other hand, bandwidth is a bigger problem for the radiology practice, Otis said. Speed is critical because it affects turnaround time for radiologists reading images, which in turn affects a hospital’s ability to determine whether to treat or transfer a patient.

IANMM solved its bandwidth problems by implementing WAN optimization. In some of the smaller towns the company serves, it’s already on the fastest possible DSL throughput speeds. Laying a proprietary T1 line would be the only way to increase bandwidth, and it would be cost-prohibitive—so tuning up existing infrastructure was the only realistic choice.

Keep Your Head in the Clouds

And Your Data on Demand Cloud computing delivers IT as a service through the use of the Internet and technology such as virtual machines to share software and hardware. One of the most common reasons organizations consider cloud computing is to reduce TCO and minimize IT infrastructure investments. Using the cloud, you can deliver IT services more efficiently, simplify provisioning and deployment, and rapidly scale to meet your unique needs.


 Public Cloud: IT services shared by multiple organizations, managed by an external provider

 Private Cloud: Pooled internal resources of a single organization, delivered on demand

 Hybrid Cloud: An organization’s use of a mix of private and public cloud infrastructures

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