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Vol. 1 No. 8 October 2002

HIPAA Prompts Hospitals to Reconsider Storage

With the deadline to comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) lurking in the not-so-distant future, the healthcare industry's IT professionals are revamping their storage infrastructures to fulfill the law's security and patient record accessibility requirements. For example, HIPAA compliance played a role in the Seattle, WA-based Swedish Medical Center's decision to move to a SAN. The company chose to implement a XIOtech Magnitude array, which is the basis for XIOtech's SANbuilder for Healthcare bundle. Not only did the SAN centralize all of Swedish Medical Center's disparate storage, making it easier to manage, it also provided better performance, security and availability than other forms of networked storage (e.g., NAS), says Robert Strasser, lead senior distributed systems analyst at the hospital. The success of Swedish Medical Center's SAN can be gauged by its size: Starting out at .5TB in June 2001, it's already up to 2TB. Next year, Swedish expects to mirror its array, bringing its ...

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