New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the clinical hospital of Columbia and Cornell Universities, has begun using Brocade storage area network directors to enhance diagnostic services and streamline administration for more than 1.5 million patients a year.
In addition, New York-Presbyterian Hospital is using Brocade multi-protocol routing technology deployed by Brocade Professional Services for its first in-house disaster recovery solution, enabling the 2,200-bed institution to improve its business continuity by minimizing costly, critical service outages.
Together, the Brocade systems and services facilitate the hospital’s compliance with US government security mandates, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.
As part of a new storage infrastructure architecture, the hospital expanded with Brocade 48,000 directors and multi-protocol routing technology in data centers at each of its sites. After deployment was completed, IT staff members began switching to the hospital’s new storage area network (SAN) architecture.
Since then, IT personnel have been using the extra capacity to add storage devices and servers to support new SQL-based systems and critical applications for such tasks as time and record-keeping, billing, and operating room and patient file management.
Moreover, servers have been added to support the hospital’s new 100TB General Electric picture archiving and communication system (PACS), which stores and delivers medical images to medical staff. As a result, doctors can complete and deliver diagnoses sooner, and collaborate more rapidly and effectively.