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New 'Cloud' Solution Helps Doctors, Hospitals Store Millions of X-rays, MRIs and Other Digital Images and Quickly Access Them From Virtually Anywhere
Jun 22, 2011 (05:06 PM EDT)


Baptist Health System, Henry Ford Health System to Pilot New AT&T Cloud-Based Medical Imaging Service That Can Enable Them to Manage a Multitude of Images in a Highly Secure Manner, Slash Costs and Give Better Care

DALLAS, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Every second makes a difference. If your child is a little daredevil and you are constantly making trips to the Emergency Room, imagine if the on-call specialist could easily view medical images "in the cloud" taken within seconds of an accident to help make an accurate diagnosis – whether the doctor is at home or on-the-go. This is now possible thanks to AT&T's* network-based cloud services.  

AT&T announced today that Baptist Health System and Henry Ford Health System have signed agreements to pilot a new cloud-based AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management service that will quickly connect doctors to patients' medical images, regardless of which device originally took the image, allowing them to offer faster treatment. The service will help lower costs in an industry where today it can take multiple and unconnected systems and devices to transmit a single image.  

"With the AT&T solution – which uses the power of our network combined with digital imaging technology -- doctors and other healthcare providers can transform the way they treat patients," said Randall Porter, assistant vice president, AT&T ForHealth.

Two Major Healthcare Systems Pilot Cloud-Based Solution  

  • Baptist Health System, one of the largest healthcare systems in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers, has first-hand experience with increasing storage and management requirements, given its scale, vendor complexity and forecasted growth. Baptist Health System has accumulated more than 2 million images and creates about 30,000 new images per month, or 350,000 annually, that it would like to share throughout its physician community.  

"We believe AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management can help us provide improved management and access to our ongoing medical imaging studies and long-term medical imaging, as we expand access to patient medical images to our physician community," said Richard Shirey, chief information officer of Baptist Health System.  

  • Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation's leading comprehensive, integrated health systems based in Michigan, plans to use AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management to store new cardiology medical imaging studies and to move other cardiology studies from its existing solution to the AT&T solution. Henry Ford Health System expects to gain efficiencies from consolidated expandable storage, providing cloud-based access to cardiologists in various heart centers.

"The model that AT&T offers will help us manage images while containing costs for our $4 billion integrated health system," said Kevin Yee, administrator for the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, Henry Ford Hospital.

The solution helps providers to store, access, view and share patient medical images and information inside hospital systems and outside with referring physicians and other authorized facilities over a highly secure infrastructure. AT&T's cloud solution offers pay-as-you-go pricing that helps reduce costs by allowing healthcare providers to pay per gigabyte, per month. This pricing model can help providers to store medical images easily and avoid costly capital investment in storage infrastructure.

AT&T Medical Imaging and Information Management is a vendor-neutral, cloud-based service that combines AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service(SM) with Acuo Technologies® Universal Clinical Platform™. The service provides access, viewing, storage and sharing of medical images from disparate picture archive communications systems (PACS) sold on an as needed, pay-as-you-go model.

Learn more information about AT&T ForHealth and AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service(SM) .

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.  

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