February 21, 2011
Today Dell announced some of its most recent cloud-driven efforts to improve healthcare delivery and hospital operations. News included a partnership with Microsoft as well as the introduction of a line of cloud-based software and analytics services for use in healthcare networks.
Dell is building on its existing services for healthcare with the addition of several new subscription-based , “cloud-enabled” products including:
Archiving as a Service (Dell Unified Clinical Archiving) – Leveraging their gains from medical imaging company InSite One, which Dell acquired recently, the company is trying to gain a foothold in the growing market for medical imaging data retention since archiving is requirement. Of their archiving service, Dell writes that by consolidating and moving archiving to the cloud with flexible per-study pricing, hospitals reduce data storage and retention costs and free up resources for critical business objectives.”
Platform as a Service - Dell’s MSite gives hospitals using MEDITECH access to the Health Care Information System (HCIS) software through the cloud. With MSite, Dell hosts MEDITECH applications in a private cloud and provides technical and applications support, maintenance and disaster recovery for a monthly fee..
In addition to these services, Dell also unveiled their Analytics and Reporting as-a-Service for the healthcare industry via a co-announcement with Microsoft. The two companies have partnered to deliver Microsoft’s Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform that will be hosted by Dell as a cloud-based subscription service.
According to today’s announcement, the partners will work together to “deliver an analytics, informatics, business intelligence and performance improvement solution designed specifically to meet the needs of community hospitals.”
Peter Neupert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group explained the rationale behind the partnership and offering, stating that currently, “hospitals of all sizes are challenged by a lack of timely access to health data stored in their enterprise technology systems, which has a direct impact on timely decision-making…our goal is to offer a set of solutions that it simple for small and mid-sized hospitals that typically don’t have extensive IT departments to readily access and analyze data.”
The first beneficiary of the cloud-hosted Amalga will be Stellaris Health Network, which operates a chain of hospitals in New York state. They will assist Microsoft and Dell during the development process, which will begin in March.
Dell made it clear that eventually the collaboration will extend to new members and applications to “solve other commonly identified business issues found in community hospitals, such as solutions for turn-around time delays, care coordination, managing avoidable readmissions, and population-based healthcare management for chronic conditions.”
Researchers from the Suddhananda Engineering and Research Centre in Bhubaneswar, India developed a job scheduling system, which they call Service Level Agreement (SLA) scheduling, that is meant to achieve acceptable methods of resource provisioning similar to that of potential in-house systems. They combined that with an on-demand resource provisioner to ensure utilization optimization of virtual machines.
Experimental scientific HPC applications are continually being moved to the cloud, as covered here in several capacities over the last couple of weeks. Included in that rundown, Co-founder and CEO of CloudSigma Robert Jenkins penned an article for HPC in the Cloud where he discussed the emergence of cloud technologies to supplement research capabilities of big scientific initiatives like CERN and ESA (the European Space Agency)...
When considering moving excess or experimental HPC applications to a cloud environment, there will always be obstacles. Were that not the case, the cost effectiveness of cloud-based HPC would rule the high performance landscape. Jonathan Stewart Ward and Adam Barker of the University of St. Andrews produced an intriguing report on the state of cloud computing, paying a significant amount of attention to the problems facing cloud computing.
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