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December 3, 2013

Good Shepherd Achieves MEDITECH Best Practices With BridgeHead Cloud-Based Backup and Archiving

BridgeHead partner INHS implements secure, on-site private Cloud that lets hospital protect its data within the firewall

Chicago, Ill.  BridgeHead Software today announced that The Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC), a progressive, not-for-profit hospital located in Hermiston, Oregon, has deployed the BridgeHead Software Health Data Management (HDM) platform in a private Cloud as part of its overall disaster recovery strategy.  Implemented by BridgeHead partner INHS, the new disaster recovery environment is helping Good Shepherd to align with MEDITECH best practices.

INHS helped Good Shepherd to install BridgeHead’s MEDITECH ISB and IDR Backup as well as the BridgeHead MEDITECH SCA Archiving Agent both in the hospital’s primary and secondary data center.  The combined BridgeHead HDM platform gives Good Shepherd Medical Center a single solution for protecting both its MEDITECH system and its MEDITECH image server with all its enterprise image stores. As a result, the hospital IT staff is confident in the effectiveness of its protection and is experiencing the following benefits from its BridgeHead HDM platform:

·         Shortened Exposure – Instead of one nightly snapshot, the hospital completes a snapshot every four hours for more effective backups in a shorter amount of time.

·         Successful MEDITECH SCA Protection – Overcoming the size constraint of its MEDITECH SCA, the hospital is successfully doing ongoing policy based archiving.

·         Local and Remote IDRs – With completion of primary and secondary data centers, the hospital is able to do backups in each location for disaster recovery protection.

·         Capacity Pricing – Enables hospital to add as many new virtual machines as necessary without worrying about the expense of licensing each new agent as it comes online.

“BridgeHead’s cloud-enabled backup and archive allows Good Shepherd Medical Center to protect three times as much data – including the enterprise images that we could not protect before -- in the same amount of time,” said Rob Rizk, Director, Information Technology at Good Shepherd Health Care System. “It’s also put us on a path to MEDITECH best practices, which means that if we need their help in recovery they have the expertise to help us where before working with  BridgeHead it might not have been that easy.”

BridgeHead enables two types of cloud solutions for hospitals:  backup-to-cloud and archive-to-cloud. BridgeHead’s cloud-enabled backup solutions make use of block-level deduplication to ensure efficient use of both local and remote storage as well as to reduce network bandwidth. BridgeHead’s cloud-enabled archive capabilities use file level deduplication and compression to achieve the same purpose. With options for data encryption in-flight and at-rest, these solutions transform the possibilities for hospitals to securely manage and protect all application and data types.

“BridgeHead’s cloud solutions are helping hospitals to achieve their disaster recovery strategies without forsaking their need to maintain their data within the firewall,” said Chad Skidmore, director of infrastructure and technology, INHS. “BridgeHead allows hospitals to create policies that identify older, static data on their primary file server platforms and copy or move that content to a centrally managed archive where it is de-duplicated, compressed and encrypted.”

Interactive Resources

Read the BridgeHead blog: Debunking the Fear of Cloud for Healthcare IT

Download the INHS hospital cloud solutions sheet: http://www.bridgeheadsoftware.com/resources/inhs_hospital_cloud_solution_sheet_resource/

Learn more about cloud solutions for healthcare with links to resources and industry commentary by visiting the Hospital Cloud Knowledge Center at:

http://www.bridgeheadsoftware.com/campaigns/bridging_the_gap_from_hospital_to_cloud/

About INHS

With over 20 years of extensive experience, INHS provides a wide range of MEDITECH related infrastructure solutions including hardware refresh, virtualization, data migration, data center migration, and implementation. INHS leverages strong relationships with BridgeHead Software, IBM, HP, and NetApp to deliver fully tested and certified MEDITECH solutions. As one of MEDITECH’s largest hosting partners, INHS hosts and operates large MEDITECH environments including the integration of a wide range of applications typically found in a hospital environment.

About BridgeHead Software

With 20 years’ experience in data and storage management, and 12 years in healthcare, BridgeHead Software is trusted by over 1,000 hospitals worldwide. Today, BridgeHead Software helps healthcare facilities overcome challenges stemming from rising data volumes and increasing storage costs while delivering peace of mind around how to storeprotect and share clinical and administrative information.

BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management (HDM) solutions are designed to work with any hospital’s chosen applications and storage hardware, regardless of vendor, providing greater choice, flexibility and control over the way data is managed, now and in the future. For more information, visit http://www.bridgeheadsoftware.com or follow on Twitter at @BridgeHeadHDM.