Commvault unveils new clinical data sharing technology

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Commvault, an enterprise data protection and information management technology provider, launched at HIMSS16 its Commvault Clinical Archive, a system designed to modernize the way healthcare organizations manage, migrate and share clinical data.

As healthcare provider organizations look to control costs and improve care, Commvault Clinical Archive, the vendor said, can centralize information management and break down data silos, reducing storage costs and complexity, enabling better data-sharing, and eliminating costs of maintaining and supporting legacy systems.

Following Commvault’s investment in PACS replacement data migration and storage services vendor Laitek, Commvault developed a system built on the Commvault Data Platform and Laitek’s Semperdata platform. The system migrates data and enables clinical data management for healthcare providers. Through this integration, Commvault Clinical Archive addresses data management on both the clinical and business sides of healthcare in a single platform.

As a result, for example, providers can decommission legacy PACS systems into a single data management platform while making legacy studies accessible to new PACS systems and available for bulk migration, Commvault said. Data is extracted from a legacy PACS in its original format, normalized and migrated into the clinical archive in a standard format for interoperability, and then stored for future use. Commvault Clinical Archive also can be used as a vendor-neutral archive for all clinical information.

“Healthcare customers are facing many pressures to modernize data management strategies, reduce costs and increase efficiencies,” said N. Robert Hammer, chairman, president and CEO of Commvault. “Retiring legacy PACS and managing clinical data across multiple vendor silos is increasingly becoming frustrating for healthcare IT teams, and our new solution supported by Laitek’s technology will help healthcare organizations better manage, control and protect clinical data while also benefiting from our proven approach to overall data management.”

Recent research by International Data Corp. dives into the issue of legacy PACS decommissioning and medical image archiving.

“IDC research shows that replacing legacy picture archiving and communications systems is a priority among healthcare IT administrators as a result of high total cost of ownership and the solution’s proprietary and siloed nature with a single department, especially as new types of unstructured content other than medical images, like scanned documents, photos and videos, proliferate across the enterprise,” said Judy Hanover, research director at IDC Health Insights. “Healthcare providers are moving to standards-based application-independent clinical archiving solutions that have lower total cost of ownership and allow them to manage, secure and share medical images alongside other vital content, improving provider operations and the quality of care by making content available for clinical decision-making.”

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