GNAX Offers a Practical Solution for an Unwieldy Storage Challenge

The phrase "Big Data" becomes very literal when referring to medical imaging. Storage requirements for medical images are, indeed, quite substantial. 

Consider the following observations:

  • A typical 12-bit medical X-ray may be 2,048 pixels by 2,560 pixels in dimension. This results in a file size of 10,485,760 bytes. A typical 16-bit mammogram image might equal 4,500 pixels by 4,500 pixels in dimension for a file size of 40,500,000 (40 megabytes), according to a study published in in the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications. 
  • The 3D medical imaging market will grow to $5.9 billion dollars by 2017, according to projections from Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 3D medical imaging procedures have increased as 3D ultrasound technology, 3D X-rays and 3D mammograms are becoming more commonplace.
  • According to a report from market research firm Frost & Sullivan, growth in image data volumes is expected to continue to accelerate. In fact, increasing average study volumes, evolving regulatory guidelines, a growing imaging patient population, and continuing reliance on imaging by the clinical enterprise are all contributing to data volume growth.  

 "Our forecast model projects that even if diagnostic imaging volumes continue to plateau around the 600 million procedures per year mark, overall storage and archiving volume requirements for U.S. medical imaging data will cross the 1 exabyte mark by 2016. That is 1,000 petabytes or 1,000,000 terabytes, which marks medical imaging's definitive entry into Big Data territory," said Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Nadim Daher. 

With such huge demand, GNAX Health, an Atlanta-based healthcare technology infrastructure and application delivery service provider is offering a solution that could help healthcare organizations cost efficiently meet their gargantuan imaging storage needs. Powered by EMC's software and hardware technologies, GNAX Health Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) provides organizations with a practical, cost-effective solution for such large storage needs. 

BaaS uses cloud infrastructure to back up data to a shared, rather than dedicated, backup infrastructure. With BaaS, healthcare organizations leverage a flexible, on-demand backup infrastructure without having to purchase, configure, or maintain it themselves. 

Much like an electric power utility, in which end-users consume and pay for power without needing to understand or maintain the component devices and infrastructure required to provide the service, healthcare organizations draw upon the elastic resources that cloud infrastructure delivers and pay only for what they need. 

With BaaS, healthcare organizations can reduce storage needs and shift from a capital intensive local storage to pay-as-you-go operational service.  The storage option requires fewer resources and costs less than maintaining traditional on-site storage. 

GNAX Health's BaaS also offers optional fully mirrored diverse geographic replication. This option ensures HIPAA compliance as well as proper redundancy and high availability. All data is replicated in real-time to a GNAX data center. From that point, it can be replicated to an additional GNAX data center. Data receives maximum security with encryption in transit and at rest.