– Choosing a Storage Method

In this assignment you will be preparing a storage recommendation for the Director of Radiology at a small, urban medical center. In order to accomplish this task, you will need to conduct research on the internet about digital data storage methods including on-site storage, Flash drive arrays, as well as remote storage options.

There are 3 Parts to this assignment.

For this assignment, assume that you have been asked to prepare a storage recommendation for the Director of Radiology at a small, urban medical center. This medical center uses x-ray, CT, ultrasound, and mammography; they complete an average of 100 images per business day.

Part 1

You will need to conduct research on the internet about digital data storage methods. You will complete the table provided in Part 2 using the information you gather.

Consider the three (3) storage methods for digital radiology images listed below:

1. Storage using active, on-site data server and drives for the main radiology image storage system.

2. Storage using a remote data storage facility or Cloud, using an applications service provider to deliver images on demand.

3. Storage using an array of Flash drives that are kept at the facility which are indexed for retrieval of images on demand

Your research for the storage recommendation must address the following:

a) cost of storage

b) ease of retrieval

c) size of necessary storage

d) limitations of the storage method (such as security and potential delays in diagnosis and patient treatment)

e) perks and positives of the storage method

You may find it useful to consult Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) vendor statements as well as general information articles on digital storage.

Part 2

Fill-in the table below using information gathered from your research in Part 1.

Considerations Storage Method Alternative
On-site data server Remote

(Specify Facility or Cloud)

Flash Drive, Indexed
Cost of Storage
Ease of Retrieval
Size of Storage Platform
Limitations and Potential Problems; Deterrents with this Storage
Perks and Positives with this Storage

Part 3

Analyze the findings in the table you completed in Part 2 and, in the space below, clearly state a storage recommendation to the Director of Radiology at your organization. Be sure to include details of your analysis so that your reasoning for the recommendation is clear to the reader.

Your completed paper with the table above should be at least two (2) pages in length and should include at least two (2) identified references.

<Write Your Recommendation to the Director of Radiology Below>

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