Enterprises in all industries are looking for ways to leverage the cloud to reduce IT costs and improve productivity and efficiency. Healthcare is the latest to overcome initial concerns with security and compliance that initially stalled cloud adoption. Microsoft recently published an exclusive interview with Todd Thomas, CIO at Austin Radiological Association (ARA), who highlighted Nasuni enterprise file services as a key reason ARA is now “all-in” on Azure for PACS storage.
Austin Radiological Association is the largest outpatient imaging services provider in central Texas. The firm adds more than 900,000 radiological exams every year, and its storage needs are growing exponentially as MRIs, CT scans and mammograms continue to increase in fidelity and resolution.
In an interview with Microsoft Chief Health Strategy Officer Dennis Schmuland MD FAAFP, Thomas explains how ARA was able to make a swift move of their 3D tomography images to the cloud, overcome security and compliance concerns, and meet clinicians’ needs for fast access.
Explains Thomas, “We saw three sharply rising trends that made it clear to us that moving to the cloud sooner rather than later was an absolute necessity, not an option: image size, quantity, and storage costs. But it wasn’t just our never-ending capacity headache that made our decision to move to Azure easy. Moving to the cloud also enabled us to focus our limited time and resources on growing, running, and transforming our business, rather than running an ever-expanding datacenter.”
Nasuni and Azure has been the answer to ARA’s digital transformation challenges.
“Nasuni has greatly simplified our storage provisioning and made storage management much easier. Moving our 3D tomography images to the cloud has protected our capital budget from large and lengthy storage procurement requests every two to three years. Now, rather than focusing time and labor on these refresh cycles we can focus our resources on growing our business and improving the quality and end user service excellence for our patients. In the first year alone, we estimate we saved approximately $1.2 -1.3M in storage costs with the Nasuni/Azure solution.”
Todd Thomas, CIO at Austin Radiological Association (ARA)
Dr. Schmuland asks Thomas many more questions about PACS image growth, ARA’s use of Nasuni as its “go-to-cloud” partner, HIPAA compliance, and the need to provide rapid access to images for care providers. But I don’t want to steal any more thunder! Read the full interview >>