Carestream plans several Latin America data centers in cloud computing rollout

- Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Carestream plans several Latin America data centers in cloud computing rollout

Global healthcare IT solution provider Carestream Health will build data centers in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Chile to support the company's regional cloud computing offering, Carestream Health IT specialist Andrea Carabelli told BNamericas.

The new data centers will add on to a facility opened in Argentina last year, Carabelli said without providing hard investment figures.

"It has to do with our roadmap and progression," Carabelli said. "The data center and connectivity development is an intense job. We have a roadmap that started last year and continues for two more years. Within that work plan we have included the opening of these data centers."

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Carestream's on-demand solution, dubbed eHealth Services, allows for administering clinic patient information and medical images, as well as their transfer between different healthcare establishments. Carabelli said the solution allows institutions to control costs and manage a boom of information.

The solution, currently available in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and Chile, targets both large and small healthcare institutions.

CHALLENGES

Legislation has thrown up some roadblocks regarding data transfer between certain healthcare institutions. The executive said countries such as Chile and Mexico follow strict digital security standards, also used in the US.

"Many Latin American countries do not have legislation regarding digital images," she said. "If hospital A and hospital B are part of the same medical institution, then they will be able to share information. But if I have a public hospital, for example, and a private hospital that have nothing to do with each other, then I can store information in my data center, but it cannot be shared."

"From a software point of view, there are a lot of things that can be done. But, legally, we cannot do it," she added.

Additionally, telecommunications infrastructure is still not up to scratch in certain regions, according to Carabelli. "One could consider Brazil as the main country for this type of technology. Nevertheless, there are distant parts of Brazil where telecommunications infrastructure still isn't good."

The company was formed in 2007 when Onex Corporation (TSX: OCX.TO) of Toronto purchased Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group and renamed the business Carestream Health.