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With Virtualized Synapse Portfolio Clarian Increases Efficiency, Decreases Cost
Date:3/1/2010

STAMFORD, Conn., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA Inc. (Fujifilm) is pleased to announce its largest virtualization implementation to date.  Clarian Health, Indianapolis, Indiana, has replaced its legacy PACS with a fully virtualized Synapse® system and a complete disaster recovery/ business continuance system.  Since completing the rollout of this comprehensive initiative, Clarian has reduced its overall costs while also documenting increased efficiencies across the health system that are enabling improved patient care.

The initial Clarian Heath Partners PACS project included 5 hospitals and 9 outpatient imaging centers in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Fujifilm replaced more than 80 legacy servers with just six virtualized servers to run Synapse® PACS for all of these facilities.  Currently about 700,000 yearly exams are being hosted with capacity for up to one million exams that will require no additional investment or modification since it is a fully scalable solution.  By significantly reducing the amount of physical servers that need to be procured and maintained, Clarian is benefiting from notable cost savings as well as "green" advantages like reduced power and cooling requirements that are critical to Clarian's long-term goals.  All of Clarian's hospitals have also noted the proven ability of the virtualized Synapse system to significantly reduce report turnaround times anywhere from one to five hours.

"Fujifilm's strategic partnership with Clarian Health, coupled with their technological foresight in the PACS arena, has provided a tremendous asset that has enabled us to achieve maximum value from this initiative," said Dave Hennon, Radiology IS Director for Clarian.  "In the few short months since our initial implementation, the advantages have already been adding up.  From the cost savings and environmental benefits to the increased efficiency of our doctors, the combined endeavor of the virtualization and business continuance plan has been a great success."

In addition to rolling out the Synapse system in a virtualized environment, Fujifilm also implemented a complete disaster recovery/business continuance plan for Clarian, something the facility did not previously have.  The entire Synapse system can be failed over to another datacenter in less than an hour, enabling the health system to provide uninterrupted care.

"To enable healthcare facilities to derive the most benefit from their Synapse solutions, Fujifilm delivers more than just software; we provide a solution that delivers a lower TCO and enables the delivery of better patient care than legacy systems," said Jim Morgan, Fujifilm's executive director, marketing, medical informatics.  "The success of Clarian's implementation is a great model for other facilities to follow."

Fujifilm was recently recognized with the Vertical Trailblazer award at VMware Partner Exchange 2010.  The company is the first PACS vendor to officially validate its virtualization solution at VMware corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, and receive the VMware Ready application certification.  All components of the Synapse portfolio – PACS, RIS, cardiovascular and women's imaging – are now standardized on the virtualization platform for new installs, and existing customers have the option to be upgraded.

About FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Inc.

FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA, Inc. is one of the FUJIFILM Holdings family of companies with 70 years of imaging experience and $25 billion in sales.  Its extensive portfolio includes diagnostic imaging products and informatics solutions to meet the needs of healthcare facilities in both outpatient and hospital settings.  The Synapse brand of integrated products includes Synapse® PACS, Synapse® RIS, Synapse® cardiovascular and Synapse® women's imaging; it provides a complete Web-based solution for managing, storing and distributing images and information throughout all healthcare facilities.  Additionally, Synapse® managed services offers fault-tolerant solutions including PACS and RIS hosting, and disaster recovery.  FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA is headquartered in Stamford, CT.  For more information, visit www.fujimed.com.

About Clarian Health

Clarian Health is a preeminent leader in health care, education, research and service.  Clarian Health is Indiana's most comprehensive academic medical center and one of the busiest health systems in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, Clarian is comprised of multiple hospitals and health centers throughout Indiana and maintains a strong partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine—the nation's second largest medical school and a global leader in medical education and research.  Learn more at www.clarian.org.

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