Royal Philips, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), has introduced a secure data recovery service that can rapidly capture and back up an entire healthcare organisation’s data repository in the cloud.

Philips’ new storage service is intended to help healthcare enterprises to further secure patient-critical information against local data loss events, ranging from equipment failure to catastrophic events such as earthquake, fire and flood.

Philips previously collaborated with AWS on the AWS IoT service to enable an ecosystem for new types of connected and personalised eHealth solutions. The on-going collaboration between the two organisations aims to deliver innovative solutions that accelerate the industry’s transformation toward a more connected, value-based, patient-centred care model.

Due to the increased use of medical imaging and the emerging use of digital pathology and genomics in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, healthcare organisations need to store and backup ever-increasing amounts of data.

A typical hospital’s data repository can easily exceed hundreds of terabytes to petabytes and is often fragmented across the facility, making the transfer of data to remote back-up services, even via high-speed leased-line broadband connections, time consuming and expensive. Because of these limitations, many healthcare organisations currently rely on local backup servers directly connected to their internal network that do not guarantee recoverability of the data in the event of a catastrophic failure.

Philips’ new hybrid storage solution combines the company’s expertise in medical data management with AWS’ petabyte-scale data transport service, AWS Import/Export Snowball, to integrate, manage, encrypt and transfer a hospital’s entire data repository to the cloud within days, rather than the weeks or months it would take via a wired network.

Using the Philips data recovery service, a hospital organisation’s IT department simply plugs an AWS Import/Export Snowball device into its network, invokes the appropriate security features, and transfers the required data to the unit. The device is then physically shipped back and the data transferred to Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform, an open cloud-based platform that allows the creation of the next generation of connected health and clinical IT innovations.

Vendor neutral in terms of the type, format and source of the data, the Philips solution manages security, identity and access, auditing, logging and traceability associated with medical data backup.

The goal is to deliver a service that would meet the requirements of the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by the second half of 2016.

In addition to meeting one-time backup requirements, Philips’ HealthSuite data recovery storage service is designed to assist in meeting the ongoing backup needs of healthcare IT departments. One or more of AWS’ 50 terabyte data transport devices will remain on-site to provide a local backup, from which all or parts of the data can be quickly recovered.

Philips HealthSuite digital platform will provide users with the option of adding data analytics, such as population studies and reporting features. It will also offer them the ability to transfer files to or from the cloud via a secure Philips network connection.

“Due to the nature of their data, many healthcare organisations have understandably in the past adopted in-house solutions, but the explosion in the amount of data they now need to secure, together with new regulatory requirements, mean that they need to adopt a different approach,” said General Manager HealthSuite digital platform, Philips, Dale Wiggins.

“By working together with AWS we can offer our customers a next-generation solution enabled by our HealthSuite platform that removes the time and cost barriers of cloud-based healthcare data backup and management,” continued Wiggins.

“We’re excited to bring the value of the cloud to even more healthcare organisations in collaboration with Philips,” said Vice President, AWS Storage Solutions, Bill Vass.

“By combining the expertise of Philips’ HealthSuite with the power of our AWS Import/Export Snowball service, which transfers petabyte-scale data with secure appliances into and out of AWS, healthcare customers will be able to securely and reliably back up their important patient data to the cloud,” concluded Vass.

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