Patton-Fuller Network Infrastructure
Patton-Fuller Community Hospital (PFCH) is a nonprofit patient-centered medical facility that has been serving the needs of its community since 1975. They foster a culture of excellence by providing a wide range of advanced quality services dedicated to improving the health and well-being of their patients. The facility offers exceptional services in an array of major medical disciplines, including state-of-the-art radiology and cardiology services. To preserve its functionality over this long period of time, PFCH has made many enhancements to their technologies. Today, PFCH uses its Information Technology (IT) department to its fullest with a network ...view middle of the document...
It eliminates the need to file manually, retrieve, or transport imaging films. These servers are connected to a 10TB disk storage unit via a 4GB fiber link (Patton-Fuller Community Hospital, 2012).
Within the IT Data Center are several servers performing different functions for the hospital. The hospital HIS System computer is an IBM Series Z9EC Mainframe with a Linux Operating System and IBM DBaseII. It has 18 processors and 32 GB RAM and Advanced Encryption Security (AES). It is connected to a 10 TB Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit via a 4 GB Fiber Link. The Windows Exchange Server and the Internet server are both IBM X3250 Systems with XEON Dual Core 2.6 GHz processors with 2GB RAM and Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID 1) storage units. The difference between these two servers is the operating system. The Exchange Server is running on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise platform and the Internet Server is running on a Linux and Apache platform.
The Remote Access Server (RAS) is an IBM x3250 System running Linux (Patton-Fuller Community Hospital, 2012). To archive or backup images at low cost the hospital will recommend the purchase of a 35 Terabyte PACS server function with a fiber optic fiber switch. This will save on cost by allowing the hospital the ability to stored approximately 1,509,838 uncompressed images or documents. Physicians and staff will be able to retrieve data faster regardless of archive or active electronic record.
Functionality Storage Format Storage Solutions Archival/Backup
X-Ray PF 35 Terabyte PACS Archive and high speed fiber optic switch Stores approximately 1,509,838 images/documents PACS Server
MRI MRI PACS Server
CAT-Scan CT PACS Server
Large-Scale Records PDF PACS Server
PACS is latest medical imaging technology. It provides cost-effective storage and opportune access to images from multiple modalities ("PACS Archive Solutions", 2012). Electronic images and records are transmitted digitally to a PACS server eliminating the need for staff to manually file, retrieve, or transport film jackets or electronic document. A PACS system supports the four major electronic imaging modalities such as X-ray plain film (PF), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); whereas each modality requires a secured network for transmission of patient information, workstations for interpreting or reviewing images, and archives for the storage and retrieval of images and reports ("PACS Archive Solutions", 2012). Safeguarding images is always a concern and HIPAA policy requires hospitals to create backup copies of patient images in case image gets loss from the PACS server. This is accomplished by configuring and attaching an additional hard drive to the PACS server configuring as a direct-attached storage, network-attached storage, or storage area network device.
Business Systems Overview
PFCH currently has four separate information systems to communicate between...