Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Goes Live with FileTek StorHouse for Big Data Storage of Critical Healthcare PACS Information

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FileTek, Inc., a leading global provider of large-scale data management, Big Data Storage virtualization, and active archive solutions, today announced that Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, a group of three major British hospitals that provide outstanding healthcare services across Worcestershire and beyond, has evaluated, selected, and implemented a comprehensive StorHouse active archive system to secure, protect, and provide access to expanding clinical information assets, including picture archive and communications system (PACS) data. As the active archive platform of choice, StorHouse is the key component of a complete Data Management, Secure Archive, and SAN Expansion project delivered to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust by Cristie Data Limited as a managed service agreement. Cristie, which recommended implementing StorHouse as part of a wider data management strategy, has been supplying storage, backup, and virtualization solutions to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for approximately 10 years. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has deployed StorHouse across three hospitals, Alexandra, Kidderminster, and Worcestershire Royal, with primary and backup data stored at Worcestershire and Kidderminster.

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FileTek, Inc., a leading global provider of large-scale data management, Big Data Storage virtualization, and active archive solutions, today announced that Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, a group of three major British hospitals that provide outstanding healthcare services across Worcestershire and beyond, has evaluated, selected, and implemented a comprehensive StorHouse active archive system to secure, protect, and provide access to expanding clinical information assets, including picture archive and communications system (PACS) data. As the active archive platform of choice, StorHouse is the key component of a complete Data Management, Secure Archive, and SAN Expansion project delivered to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust by Cristie Data Limited as a managed service agreement. Cristie, which recommended implementing StorHouse as part of a wider data management strategy, has been supplying storage, backup, and virtualization solutions to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for approximately 10 years. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has deployed StorHouse across three hospitals, Alexandra, Kidderminster, and Worcestershire Royal, with primary and backup data stored at Worcestershire and Kidderminster.

“Having secure storage and assured access to PACS-related images is a major part of our commitment to providing outstanding care to the patient communities we serve,” commented Peter Lowe, Centralized IT Services Manager for Worcestershire Health IT Services. “To ensure this commitment, we were looking for a cost-effective way to store our growing volume of PACS data while safeguarding its security, availability, and accessibility for the long-term. Going live with our new secure archive managed service and StorHouse active archive platform enables us to meet these important enterprise objectives.”

“FileTek’s primary goal is to ensure customers achieve data assurance and access at the lowest possible cost per terabyte of storage,” remarked Ann Dyball, European Channel Manager, at FileTek. “And the StorHouse deployment at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust remains true to this mission. With StorHouse as the active archive infrastructure of its new secure archive managed service, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust can reduce IT costs, lower system administration and operational overhead, and eliminate timely restores by re-acquiring all PACS data in real-time directly from StorHouse using existing applications – all while continuing to deliver leading-edge patient care.”

About StorHouse
StorHouse is a hardware-independent, multi-functional software platform that automatically stores, validates, retrieves, backs up, archives, and manages terabytes to zettabytes of file-based and relational information on a single, easy-to-access system. It intelligently blends disk and tape as part of a scaled-out NAS environment while providing an intelligent active archive strategy for Big Data. Because StorHouse abstracts hardware, users see a single unified global namespace rather than specific device types so that SSD, JBOD, RAID, MAID, and tape, including LTO varieties, all look like one unlimited storage pool. In addition, by storing data in native rather than proprietary file format, StorHouse eliminates the need for formal restore procedures. Instead, users have self-service access to StorHouse-managed data at any time without IT intervention. No application interfaces or changes to existing applications are required.

About FileTek
FileTek, Inc. is a premier provider of large-scale data management, Big Data Storage virtualization, and active archive solutions, enabling organizations, worldwide and across multiple industry segments, to efficiently manage, rapidly access, and effectively govern their ever-growing volume of enterprise data. Since 1984, FileTek has provided comprehensive, award-winning solutions to companies, prestigious educational institutions, scientific and government agencies worldwide. With our patented and innovative StorHouse high-volume data management solutions, FileTek maintains a steady focus: providing unmatched levels of information access, data assurance, and lowest cost per terabyte of storage for all categories and volumes of data.
FileTek is headquartered at 9400 Key West Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. Telephone: 301-251-0600. Fax: 301-251-1990. The FileTek international headquarters, FileTek Ltd, is located at One Northumberland Ave., London WC2N 5BW. Telephone: +44 (0) 207 872 5583. Fax: +44 (0) 207 753 2829. The company also has offices across North America. Please visit us at: http://www.filetek.com.

About Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust provides hospital-based services from three main sites, the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, and Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester. It provides a wide range of services to the Worcestershire community, surrounding counties, and outlying areas.

The number of patients cared for each year in Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is impressive – over 95,000 planned and emergency operations, more than 130,000 A&E attendances, and approximately 500,000 outpatient appointments, including sessions with consultants or specialist nurses, diagnostic tests such as X-rays, and minor surgical procedures.

For more information, visit http://www.worcsacute.nhs.uk.

About Cristie Data Limited
Cristie Data Limited provides innovative, leading edge data storage and management solutions across all sectors of industry, both private and public. Cristie is a true vendor-independent storage integrator, specializing in innovative, technically superior storage solutions that augment and improve infrastructures, save cost, and deliver significant business value. Cristie’s key differentiators in this industry are an understanding of the market technology and an ability to integrate solutions to meet demanding business needs on time and within budget.

For more information, visit http://www.cristie.co.uk/index.php?id=2.

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