Information technology, diagnostic imaging  

Sun expands healthcare IT portfolio

6 March 2007

New Orleans, USA. Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW) has introduced the Sun B2B-enabled Electronic Master Patient Index (EMPI), and two picture archiving systems, iPACS and uPACS. The launch at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting at the end of February is part of Sun's broad focus on building healthcare applications on the Solaris 10 Operating System.

The B2B-enabled EMPI solution, a part of the Sun Java Enterprise System, provides enterprise-class infrastructure software for hospitals, insurers and other healthcare organizations who are sharing patient data across organizations. The debut of iPACS and uPACS provides an integrated platform that enables PACS OEMs and systems iIntegrators to rapidly build and implement competitive, complete ehealth solutions.

"Sharing patient data allows greater efficiency for medical billing and clinical record document sharing processes," said Joerg Schwarz, director of Healthcare and Life Sciences, Sun Microsystems. "By linking patient data and records across a network of providers and insurers, Sun technology is helping to make it possible for doctors, nurses and other care-givers to have complete patient information at their fingertips to provide the best possible care. Further, helping our PACS vendors to reduce capital costs and improve scalability by enabling a utility 'pay-per-use' model, brings value to our partner community."

Sun's B2B-enabled EMPI means that a primary patient data provider (such as a hospital group) can provide secure access to its EMPI data-store to other partners — essentially making the EMPI service available for queries over the Internet. The solution gives large organizations, such as regional health information organizations and Integrated Healthcare Delivery Networks (IDNs), the enterprise-class infrastructure to serve as the regional hub for master patient data indexes with high reliability and availability.

Sun's Integrated PACS (iPACS) and Utility PACS (uPACS) solutions, are designed as an integrated platform that enables OEMs and system integrators to rapidly build and implement competitive PACS healthcare systems.

iPACS are available in different sizes to accommodate small to large hospitals, while uPACS are designed for multi-tenant facilities with a focus on disaster backup capabilities. Both can be sold as a separate service for users with an iPACS platform or other local PACS systems. The solutions both provide a platform that facilitates linkage and integration with other core applications, including electronic medical records (EMRs),

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