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Storage: HIPAA Drives Health Care Storage

By Dick Weisinger

Technologies like Multiscan CT and 3D MRI machines are revolutionizing the practice of medicine, but these technologies can churn out gigabytes of data in seconds. A single multiscan CT image can be one gigabyte. HIPAA requirements are that adult medical records and images be available for seven years and pediatric records be available for twenty-five years.

Hospitals and healthcare providers will have many terabyte storage requirements. Clearly it is good news for storage vendors like IBM, EMC and Sun, but coming up with viable cost-efficient storage solutions is becoming a headache for healthcare providers. Market researcher Frost and Sullivan is predicting that the healthcare storage industry will grow to $1.3 billion in 2008.

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