Reduce Research Risk and Improve Patient Care
Whether it is patient care or cutting edge research, health-focused organizations create massive amounts of data. Pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, and research institutions that are actively involved in genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics research, molecular modeling and molecular simulation, is consuming storage at an ever accelerating rate. Data generated by drug research is long-lived and must be kept in highly secure storage as it requires protection from corruption or tampering of results. This is essential as the data must support all phases of trials and FDA approvals. When requiring movement to new servers or storage, it is essential that all access and security parameters be maintained on the data.
An increasing number of hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers are moving to Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) to store, manage, display, and deliver digital medical images and improve patient care. Currently, many existing non-digital medical film libraries are maintained in parallel until they can be converted. With the latest push towards electronic medical records, as these libraries are converted into digital format they will drive incredible growth in data storage requirements over the next few years.
In contrast, patient health data has a shorter active lifespan. Once created, patient records are accessed on a periodic basis. Keeping these infrequently accessed patient records in primary storage is not cost effective and upon reaching a preset time-frame they should be moved to lower cost storage. Since patient data is protected by HIPAA, a fully auditable trail of the movement of the data is required.
Digital instrumentation can generate large data or image files and in most cases have limited local storage capacity. This means that before the next set of data or images are generated, the previous results have to be moved from in-instrument storage. Keeping this limited storage clear enables the instruments to be continuously in service and to quickly amortize their cost.
There are two aspects for compliance; control of data access and traceability of data. When moving any data, consistent application of ACLs must be maintained and a detailed history of data movement must be available for audit purposes.