Industry Trends

Development Trends for PACS

Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) is a medical imaging technology which provides storage and access to images from multiple devices and locations. In the future, PACS will be able to store medical images in secure place on the Internet for access anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

  • Cloud Storage: Cloud services provide the core technologies required to enhance PACS interoperability. PACS cloud services have been widely adopted, with over 83% of medical administrators using cloud services. With all the diversified ways in which PACS is being accessed, ensuring the high availability of medical images becomes a core requirement.
  • Active-Active Archiving: Active-active cloud storage enables users to access the PACS over the Internet from within or outside of hospital without having to upgrade hardware or install software. Doctors will no longer need to use bulky fat client PACS workstations. Patients can use their smartphones and tablets to access image data on public cloud platforms.
  • Cloud Backup: Medical images contain a large amount of valuable data, but less than 20% are currently being used effectively. In the future, hospitals and clinics will be able to store, access, and retrieve these images over a secure network. Available PACS services help improve workflow efficiency and access availability, and continue to drive future PACS development.
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Business Challenges

  • Non-Disruptive Services

    On-premise PACS is costly and its O&M requires staffing of IT professionals to operate and maintain. Deploying PACS on the public cloud helps reduce costs and enables 24/7 service continuity without disrupting normal service flow.

  • Data Security and Integrity

    Access problems and data errors increase as the number of access requests for medical images increases. Using an integrated storage and management platform for videos running on the cloud platform solves these issues. Reducing unnecessary offline operation of data is also a necessary measure to improve data integrity.

  • Cost-effectiveness

    Legacy PACS, dependent on fat clients, is installed on local PCs or servers, resulting in high management costs for non-core businesses and complicating maintenance and upgrade of the PACS system. These issues can be resolved with the PACS cloud service with active-active archiving capability.

  • Wide Access

    PACS has become an enterprise-class tool for all professionals in the healthcare industry. Collaboration between departments requires wide access that depends on sharing of medical image data, something cloud storage is most suited to fulfill.

Typical Scenarios

  • Hybrid Storage

  • Offline Archiving

  • Active-Active Backup

  • Cloud Storage

Hybrid Storage

PACS saves image files to the public cloud object storage without the need to modify interfaces.

Hybrid Medical Data Storage

The Medical Image Archiving solution provides unified NAS interfaces for medical applications and mounts local file systems to ensure that application interfaces are compatible with local storage. In addition, it provides data center-level local cache for application processing, improving data transmission efficiency, and it connects to OBS to store user data in the public cloud so that files can be shared across departments and locations.

Medical Data Archiving

No hardware needs to be deployed in hospitals. The storage gateway is deployed with the ECS service and unified NAS interfaces are provided.

Data is uploaded to the object storage through a VPN, meeting the long-term archiving requirements of medical data.

HUAWEI CLOUD has received the following authentications: C-STAR, Trusted Cloud by MIIT China, Cloud Service Cybersecurity Evaluation by the Cyberspace Administration of China, Cloud Service Classified Protection Level III by the MPS of China, and ISO27001:2015.

Offline Archiving

Medical images can be archived to the OBS in offline mode on Huawei Cloud platform with low cost.

OBS

OBS provides highly reliable long-term archiving and storage of medical image data in offline mode at low price per storage unit.

Offline Archiving

The storage backup and recovery software can be used to upload medical image data to OBS through Direct Connect or a VPN, allowing for long-term medical data archiving.

HUAWEI CLOUD has received the following authentications: C-STAR, Trusted Cloud by MIIT China, Cloud Service Cybersecurity Evaluation by the Cyberspace Administration of China, Cloud Service Classified Protection Level III by the MPS of China, and ISO27001:2015.

Active-Active Backup

The image services of modern medical institutions have active-active access requirements for image data on local and cloud (on- and off-premise) platforms. Through the public cloud gateway, PACS can archive local image data to OBS on the cloud platform. When patients leave the hospital, they can also remotely access their image data.

Cloud Storage

Huawei OBS provides 99.99% availability and eleven-nines durability. This solution provides a seamless storage cost reduction solution for existing PACS and supports the on-demand use of at-scale storage resources. It can be used together with ECS to provide flexible active-active image data archiving and access solutions.

Image Index and Service Management Database

HUAWEI CLOUD provides RDS that supports MySQL and SQL Server, allowing for image indexing and management. RDS can be integrated with ECS to cope with service pressure arising from long-term access of multi-party users and similar.

Cloud Storage

Professional medical imaging centers and community clinics store medical images on the public cloud when no private IT environment is available for storing image data. HUAWEI CLOUD provides OBS to store image data and provides ECS to support PACS application services for accessing and managing medical image data.

OBS for Cloud Storage Pool

Huawei OBS provides 99.99% availability and eleven-nines durability. This solution provides a seamless storage cost reduction solution for existing PACS and supports the on-demand use of at-scale storage resources. It can be used by professional medical imaging centers and community clinics to set up a storage pool on the HUAWEI CLOUD platform for storing medical image data.

GACS for HPC

GPU-accelerated Cloud Server (GACS) provides outstanding floating-point computing capabilities. This service is particularly suited to scenarios that require real-time, high concurrency, and capacity-intensive computing. GACS supports ECS instances of 1, 2, or 4 GPU cards and BMS instances of 8 GPU cards, flexibly matching various medical image processing and analysis scenarios.

Solution Advantages

Full-stack ICT Services

HUAWEI CLOUD provides full-stack ICT public cloud services to meet the requirements of medical image cloud services. In addition, it can be flexibly used for application development, testing, and deployment to maintain sustainable service capabilities

Anytime and Anywhere

Huawei OBS presents multiple choices for medical institutions to meet their image data archiving requirements. In addition, it integrates with core services such as Direct Connect and Elastic Cloud Server (ECS) to provide end-to-end assurances in reliability for image data archiving.

Non-Disruptive Services

The comprehensive archiving services cover hybrid storage, active-active archiving, and cloud storage archiving of medical image data, meeting the service development requirements of new healthcare institutions in the new era. HUAWEI CLOUD provides 24/7 support to ensure non-disruptive cloud services.

Security and Integrity

Huawei OBS provides eleven-nines reliability to ensure system-level security of medical image data. HUAWEI CLOUD has received several authentications, such as Cloud Service Classified Protection Level III by the MPS of China, and ISO27001:2015 certification.

Recommended Configurations

  • Hybrid Storage

  • Offline Archiving

  • Active-Active Archiving

  • Cloud Storage

Medical image hybrid storage

  • Service
    Specifications
    Quantity
  • OBS

    4 vCPUs | 8 GB | 500 GB | 2 MB

    1

  • ECS

    2 vCPUs | 8 GB | 200 GB ultra-high-I/O disk

    Optional

  • AS

    Free

    1

  • VPC

    Free

    1

Medical image offline archiving

  • Service
    Specifications
    Quantity
  • OBS

    200 TB

    1

  • Direct Connect

    1 GE

    1

  • AS

    Free

    1

  • VPC

    Free

    1

Medical image active-active archiving

  • Service
    Specifications
    Quantity
  • ECS

    4 vCPUs | 8 GB | 500 GB | 2 MB

    6

  • OBS

    200 TB

    1

  • RDS for MySQL

    4 vCPUs | 16 GB | 500 GB

    2 (Optional)

  • Direct Connect

    1 GE

    1

  • AS

    Free

    1

  • VPC

    Free

    1

  • ELB

    6 MB/720 hours

    1

Medical image cloud storage

  • Service
    Specifications
    Quantity
  • GACS

    G1-8 vCPUs | 16 GB | 500 GB

    2

  • ECS

    4 vCPUs | 8 GB | 500 GB | 2 MB

    7

  • OBS

    200 TB

    1

  • RDS for MySQL

    4 vCPUs | 16 GB | 500 GB

    2 (Optional)

  • Direct Connect

    1 GE

    1

  • AS

    Free

    1

  • VPC

    Free

    1

  • ELB

    6 MB/720 hours

    1

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