April 2017


Case Study :

Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine
-- Part 2 of 2

Review :


The Customer. Our case subject is a hospital specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the East China Region. Originally established in the 1960s, it is now a tertiary hospital offering medical care, education, research, and healthcare services in the region. To protect its privacy, our customer has requested that we write this story under a disguised name. We honor that request and will simply refer to it as HTCM, short for Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM is a style of traditional Asian medicine informed by modern medicine but built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, energy circulation within the human body, and dietary therapy. It is primarily used as a complementary alternative medicine approach. TCM is widely used in China and is becoming increasingly prevalent in Europe and North America.

Hospital Information Science.
The following information systems are among the most widely used in modern hospitals :

·      Hospital Information System (HIS)

·      Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)

·      Clinical Information System (CIS)

·      Radiology Information System (RIS)

·      Laboratory Information System (LIS)

·      Electronic Medical Record (EMR)

Challenge: Integrated Datacenter Infrastructure Upgrade. The HTCM datacenter is planning an integrated effort to upgrade its entire infrastructure, with emphases on the adoption of virtualization technologies and addition of new equipment at various levels of the platform, including server and storage hardware, clustering and virtualization implementation, backup mechanism, network security, core switch redundancy, and integrated system services. A critical requirement of the project is to guarantee business continuity and data integrity during the entire upgrade process.

The project team identifies 3 focus areas: servers, storage system (storage area network and storage devices) and virtualization technologies (server virtualization and storage virtualization). With objectives being more dynamically assigned and highly dependable server resources that provide faster error recovery; optimized high-performance, high-availability storage pool that allows automatic failover/failback and online expansion; zero-downtime business continuity that is insured by data backup and disaster recovery measures.

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