The long-term archiving of DICOM image files from PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) poses tremendous challenges for radiologists and hospitals because they are obliged to store the data for a long period of time (between 10 and 30 years) and because storage technologies are evolving rapidly. The challenge is further exacerbated by the large size of the data volumes, which total numerous TB per year, as well as by budgetary constraints in the healthcare industry.
With its e-pacs Storage Center, since 1997 Telepaxx has operated Europe’s largest medical image archive, with a current total of more than 500 million images and an online capacity of 3,900 TB. e-pacs has been used productively for many years by more than 100 clients, including x-ray practices, hospitals of all sizes, university clinics and large hospital operaters.
For obvious reasons, patient-related medical data are subject to the strictest data-protection requirements. The history of e-pacs is inseparably linked with the unconditional fulfillment of precisely these requirements. e-pacs is the only medical archive that’s data-protection certified on both the German and the European level. This certification was earned in Germany as early as 2003 with the conferral of the data-protection seal of the Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz. Corresponding European certification followed in 2008 with the conferral of the EuroPriSe (European Privacy Seal).
Beyond this, as a DICOM long-term archive, e-pacs is independent of both the implemented PACS application and the particular storage technology used, thus assuring that it offers a high degree of investment security for the future. PACS independence is achieved through the manufacturer-independent long-term archiving of PACS data in standardized DICOM format. This can support a PACS application change without the need for data migration. The legally required storage interval for PACS data is 10 to 30 years, i.e. significantly longer than the usual technology interval of circa five years. e-pacs achieves this compliance, at no cost to the client, via ongoing migration onto new storage technologies in the e-pacs Storage Center.
e-pacs isn’t only smart, economical and secure: it also relies on a multilevel storage concept which enables it to leave a much smaller ecological footprint than any of its competitors.
The e-pacs storage concept offers individualized optimization options for each client: