Solution Provider Lumenate Creates Own Health-Care-Focused Converged Infrastructure Solution

Solution provider Lumenate attended this week's HIMSS14 conference as an exhibitor for the first time and showcased a version of its own converged infrastructure offering designed specifically for use by health-care institutions.

Jamie Shepard, regional vice president of Dallas-based Lumenate, unveiled a mobile version of the company's vMediCube converged infrastructure solution, which works with Apple iPads to provide easy wireless access to high-resolution MRIs for doctors.

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vMediCube combines server, storage, networking and virtualization technologies into a single appliance, which is then configured with electronic health records technology from Westwood, Mass.-based Meditech, Shepard said.

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"Doctors use an iPad 3 to wirelessly access the application," he said. "They can log in via their badge to look at images of brain scans and are logged out automatically when they leave the room. But even logged out, the doctors can still view the MRIs."

The vMediCube works because the iPad 3 has a high-resolution retina display, Shepard said. "The retina display is certified for diagnostic-quality imagery," he said. "Doctors don't need a special monitor to view the MRIs."

Lumenate designed the vMediCube as a way to make it easier for doctors, cardiologists, radiologists and other medical providers to more quickly access patients' scans, giving them more time to spend with the actual patients, Shepard said. At HIMSS14, the company signed a vMediCube deal with a Florida-based hospital, he said.

The most interesting technology Shepard said he saw at HIMSS was from Seattle-based ExtraHop Networks, a startup founded by former F5 Networks engineers that develops technology to speed up application performance over a network by looking at and eliminating bottlenecks.

"It was amazing networking technology," he said. "If a doctor needs to get information for a patient, he or she can't wait."