As technology progresses, opportunities in healthcare and life sciences arise at every step to help advance patient care, improve quality of life and create specialized healthcare for each patient’s unique need. But, with every opportunity comes challenges. The challenges that healthcare and life science organizations face today is simply moving and managing the data driving these discoveries and advancements.
The amount of data captured in healthcare and life sciences is astounding – and growing every day. From multiple terabyte ultra high def microscopic imagery to full genomic sequences taking up hundreds of gigabytes, this the crucial information creates massive datasets. This challenge will continue to grow as Stanford Health estimates that 2,314 exabytes (one exabyte = one billion gigabytes) will be produced in 2020.
Not only does this data need to be captured, stored and archived; it also needs to be shared with a wide variety of organizations and professionals across the globe. It's near impossible to send data of this size and sensitivity securely or reliably via traditional FTP-based solutions such as HTTP and TCP. At peak performance, these methods of transfer remain slow, sometimes taking days per single transfer. Latency and packet loss only make this challenge greater, creating an inefficient, insecure and unreliable workflow.
Technology and data aren’t just coming in the form of studies; patients themselves are contributing to this large influx. To provide a more personalized and tailored patient experience, rich patient histories made up of wearable and EMR records are being captured at an unprecedented level. Due to the sensitive nature of this data, it can’t be left open to the risk and exposure of a traditional file transfer method.
To ease these burdens and allow professionals to focus on their work, FileCatalyst’s software suite provides fast file transfer solutions that can easily send files of this size at unprecedented speeds. FileCatalyst also ensures the security and integrity of data with transfer methods and security features that are fully HIPPA compliant. With a fast file transfer solution that can reach multi-gigabit speeds, medical workflows can become exponentially faster, more secure and more reliable.
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From the researchers to the laboratories, the consultants to the hospitals, healthcare and life sciences rely heavily on collaboration workflows that span the globe and various storage methods including on-premise, off-site, cloud and hybrid. To effectively collaborate and work on various projects, organizations require the fastest file transfer speeds and the highest level of security. FileCatalyst’s flagship solution, FileCatalyst Direct, is capable of transferring files at an organization’s maximum bandwidth, up to 10Gbps. Our customers immediately gain access to their entire bandwidth.
Two common modes of DNA sequencing, whole genome sequencing and exome sequencing, can balloon to 300TB in some cases. These datasets also use diverse binary and tab-delimited BAM and SAM files BAM containing the sequence alignment data. In addition to sending files of any size, FileCatalyst’s solutions can also send files of any format. No matter how diverse your testing and sequencing data is, FileCatalyst can easily send it. After so much work has been put into gathering the data, a strong backup workflow should be in place to ensure it remains intact and accessible in the event of data loss. FileCatalyst’s Delta Transfer feature can simplify the backup process and ensure that your data is sequentially and atomically backed up.
Wide numbers of patients are generating more data than ever before in the form of MRI scans, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), blood samples, prescription history, medical history and more. All of this growing data needs to be stored, and due to the sensitivity of this data, it needs to be secure. All of FileCatalyst’s fast file transfer solutions are fully HIPAA compliant and also provide enhanced security features including industry-standard encryption using AES and SSL.
When hospitals process invoices and other transactions, they follow a complex process that involves multiple endpoints and organizations. Insurance validation information going to hospitals, claim forms going to clearinghouses and 835 remittance forms going back to the clearinghouse are just some of the transfers included in a workflow. Managing all of these complex workflows manually can lead to mistakes and critical errors in processing. FileCatalyst Direct’s client application, FileCatalyst HotFolder, is capable of automating all of these complex transfer workflows. Organizations can set up upload and download folders at each endpoint and set up custom synchronization intervals. Once the folders are set up, all of the records will automatically upload and download to their destinations without the need for human interaction.
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