Acuo Technologies Announces Vendor Neutral Archiving Contract With Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System

Deployment of Acuo Technologies PACS Neutral Archive will help doctors and administrators access and effectively manage hundreds of terabytes of medical imaging data.

Jun 03, 2010, 11:30 ET from Acuo Technologies

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Acuo Technologies, developers of the market leading high-performance software for intelligent medical image management, data migration tools and services, today announced the contracting with Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) of Pittsburgh, PA, for a new vendor neutral archiving solution which becomes the basis of the Hospital's medical image management platform. The archiving solution is based on the Acuo Technologies DICOM Services Grid™ software storing to WPAHS NetApp storage management system thus leveraging the existing technology partnership WPAHS has made in storage.

Acuo Technologies' integrated medical imaging solution, the DICOM Services Grid, allows Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System to gain control of hundreds of terabytes of existing medical data such as x-rays and cardiology images as well as providing a robust image management layer for all future medical imaging content. The Acuo solution provides WPAHS a standards based automated system with business continuity resulting in a lower total cost of ownership by eliminating the expense of integrations to multiple proprietary systems.

The solution selected by WPAHS is designed to allow all medical images to be stored on the Acuo archive, enabling a hospital Electronic Medical Record (EMR) portal to have one location to retrieve patient images, instead of multiple integrations and locations. The Acuo solution will ensure that all patient studies are safely stored, protected and can be accessed from any WPAHS location in a consistent and reliable fashion.

Western Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System will also be using the Acuo DICOM Assisted Migration (ADAM) software to move data from the existing vendor's archive into the Acuo vendor neutral archive, ensuring that WPAHS will be able to gain control of their data and not pay for a migration again. The Acuo solution will be used as the PACS Neutral Archive of Record for future PACS system purchases. This strategy will enable WPAHS to add applications directly to the Acuo archive without expensive and complex integrations to existing and future PACS. Using the standards based approach, the Acuo solution will eliminate the costly and time consuming data migrations in the future.

"As we began the efforts of consolidation across multiple campuses, it was important to us to build a solid, vendor neutral image archiving foundation," said Carolyn C. Kelly, RN, BS, Director of Clinical Systems, West Penn Allegheny Health System. "Standardization and consolidation of technology across multiple campuses is a strategic goal of the West Penn Allegheny Health System. To that end, we chose Acuo because they provide the flexibility to build a foundation for image storage that will meet our needs today and well into the future."

About Acuo Technologies

Acuo Technologies, with headquarters in Bloomington, MN, was founded in 2000 with the objective of developing the first enterprise-wide collaborative asset management solution for medical DICOM images residing in a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). The market leading DICOM Services Grid™ software solutions for vendor neutral archiving has been contracted for and implemented in over 550 systems worldwide. For more information, visit

About West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS)

WPAHS is comprised of some of the oldest and best-known names in health care in western Pennsylvania. From their inception, the system's hospitals have been in the vanguard of patient care, medical research and health sciences education.

Comprised of two tertiary and four community hospitals, WPAHS includes Allegheny General Hospital and The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, both in Pittsburgh; Alle-Kiski Medical Center in Natrona Heights; Canonsburg General Hospital in Canonsburg; The Western Pennsylvania Hospital - Forbes Regional Campus in Monroeville; and Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus in Bellevue. Offering a comprehensive range of medical and surgical services, the hospitals serve Pittsburgh and the surrounding five-state area, house nearly 2,000 beds and employ more than 13,000 people. Together, the WPAHS hospitals admit nearly 79,000 patients, log over 200,000 emergency visits and deliver more than 4,000 newborns each year. Combined, the hospitals are among the leaders in percentages of total surgeries, cardiac surgeries, neurosurgeries and cardiac catheterization procedures performed throughout the region.

West Penn Allegheny Health System hospitals have won - and continue to win - both national and international recognition for their programs in numerous specialty areas. Supporting both a charitable and an academic mission, WPAHS has a strong commitment to medical research and education and is also dedicated to training future generations of health-care professionals. Today, the system has two clinical campuses: Allegheny General Hospital serves as the clinical campus for the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and The Western Pennsylvania Hospital serves as the clinical campus for Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

DICOM is the registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association for its standards publications relating to digital communications of medical information.

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