Products are not designed or intended for use in primary medical image interpretation. The healthcare environment is like no other workplace, and with the unique requirements of caring for another person, it’s no wonder it has evolved with highly specialized IT hardware and solutions that differ from traditional offices and corporate environments. Every day, healthcare IT decision makers, from small private practices to clinics to large hospital settings, face the choice of balancing the need to provide exceptional patient care with limited budgets and strict compliance standards.From a monitor perspective, most of us can get by in our daily jobs with one or two of the many award-winning monitors Dell has to offer for your office environment. As for the professional who specializes in color-critical work, Dell’s premium UltraSharp line of monitors with OLED, 4K and 5K resolution offer the very best in monitor performance, so it’s fitting that a healthcare professional would also want a specialized products from Dell.At the 2015 Radiology Society of North America annual conference, we introduced the 24-inch Medical Review 24 Monitor (MR2416), and today we’re pleased to announce our follow-up to that product, the Medical Review 22 Monitor (MR2217), a more compact 21.5-inch monitor. Dell jumped into the medical imaging market with the MR2416 and focused on delivering top “features designed to make daily usage easier for healthcare workers, including an active screw-on cable clip to secure cables within the housing as well as mechanical pop-up Power and OSD buttons on the side of the monitor, designed to be easy to find even with gloves on.”(InfoTech Lead). Upon release, DOTmed praised the MR2416 for meeting the day-to-day needs of healthcare professionals and helping improve practice – from better diagnosis, improved patient care and sanitation.With soaring prices on medical monitors and the need to meet IT compliance standards, it’s highly possible that a healthcare IT decision maker’s constrained budget might lead to non-medical monitors being used in healthcare environments and potentially hindering medical professionals from provide the best care possible. Through our Dell Medical Review Monitors and our partnerships, we can address the entirety of a facility’s medical display needs with the reliability of the #1 provider of monitors worldwide for the past two years and in North America for the past 16 years.Now with Dell’s Medical Review Monitors addressing the needs within clinical care and diagnostic review use, the MR2416 and MR2217 feature the following:DICOM calibrated – with Dell’s expertise in display technology, the MR2217 is DICOM Part 14 calibrated for consistent grayscale and image viewing with a matte screen and backlight stabilization that maintains calibration. This 16:9 monitor is also small enough to fit in the tight spaces of an existing workspace or on a workstation on wheels and features a unique cable clip that makes it even easier and safer to transport. We even designed it with raised buttons specifically to make it easier to operate while wearing gloves.Aligned with infection control initiatives – like the MR2416, our newest medical monitor has a light-colored exterior, making it easy to see blood stains and contaminants, and the monitor’s smooth, ventless design minimizes dirt and contaminant trapping. The MR2217 is easily cleanable to be consistent with infection control protocols.Ease of Use and compliance – when showing a patient x-rays or other medical images using a typical commercial monitor, healthcare professionals have to reorient the patient. To address this, the MR2217 has a 60-degree swivel for easy viewing from any angle. In addition, the hospital-grade IEC60601-1 power supply is safe for use near patients.With its accessible price, superior screen performance and unmatched reliability with Dell’s three-year Advance Exchange Service, the Medical Review 22 Monitor is another example of how Dell monitors are easy-to-use and designed with customer-focused innovation so healthcare professionals can focus on their most important customers.
When you live in an older house, where the layout doesn’t really work for the way you live your life and there aren’t enough closets to satiate your wife’s shoe fetish, maybe it’s time to modernize! But do you knock the whole house down and start again? Maybe it’s tempting but, what about the investment that you’ve already made in your home? The bathroom you had refitted last year or the wiring you had redone? And where are you going to live during the whole inevitably elongated process?It’s similar when you want to modernize your IT infrastructure: you have money sunk into your existing technology – probably still amortized for a year or two into the future – and you don’t want to face the disruption of completely starting again. We call this investment hangover ‘tech debt’.For many companies, this debt includes a strategy for data storage that takes advantage of a shrinking per-gig cost of storage that enables them to keep everything. And that data is probably stored primarily on spinning disk with some high-availability workloads on flash in their primary data center. The old way of doing things was to see volumes of data growing and address that on a point basis with more spinning disk.But, just like the house we mentioned earlier, data centers are bursting at the seams and it’s now time to modernize – but how?The first step is to get smart. Do you need more space or do you need to de-clutter? At EMC World today, we launched EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM), a new tool to help our customers manage the spiraling volume of copies of data that businesses are creating, which drives storage costs through the roof. In fact, this is forecasted to be a $50B business problem by 2018. Backup, disaster recovery, long-term retention, local recovery, sandboxing, patch testing, test/dev, analytics; there are so many reasons for creating copies of data in today’s businesses – but what happens to the data once it’s served its purpose? And is the data you still need on the right platform to meet SLOs efficiently and cost effectively? EMC eCDM helps customers make sure they have the right number of copies of data, in the right place and on the right storage platform across all data centers.But which storage platform is that? This is the year of all flash, part of the foundation for a modern data center – and the second step is to modernize storage platforms. In 2014, we revolutionized our enterprise storage platform with the launch of VMAX3, separating hardware from the software that powers it and also launched XtremIO as our first purpose-built all-flash array. Earlier this year, we extended our leadership position in flash by introducing VMAX All Flash. Redesigned for all flash, and now the biggest all-flash array on the planet, VMAX offers a simplified process for purchasing, configuring and migrating to all-flash arrays. Today, we launched EMC Unity to bring all of those benefits to SMEs and Enterprises with midsized IT needs too.Unity sets a new standard for simple, modern, flexible and affordable arrays and is the first storage solution for midsized IT to be available as a purpose-built all-flash or hybrid storage array, a software-defined virtual appliance and as a converged solution as part of a VCE Vblock.This changes everything for our SME customers. But we’re not expecting them to rip and replace their entire storage network. EMC customers can non-disruptively migrate to Unity, balancing their storage media against its SLOs.So, while it can be tempting to look at a storage infrastructure that no longer meets your needs and chant ‘tear it down!’; it’s not always possible, it’s not always practical, and it’s certainly no longer necessary!
It’s been an extraordinary month for Dell on the HPC front. We’re seeing excellent momentum in HPC, as can be witnessed by the announcements and recent customer successes announced leading up to and at the ISC High Performance 2016 conference.First, we had the pleasure of helping one of our customers and partners, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, celebrate three significant milestones—a $30 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the 15th anniversary of TACC, and the dedication of a new building for advanced computing at their JJ Pickle Research Campus.With the NSF award, TACC will deploy a new supercomputing system, “Stampede 2,” as a strategic national resource to provide HPC capabilities for thousands of researchers across the U.S. This Dell HPC System, based on Dell PowerEdge servers equipped with 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Phi processors (KNL), will push the envelope of computational capabilities, enabling breakthroughs never before imagined. Stampede 2 will deliver peak performance of up to 18 petaflops, twice the performance of Stampede, which impressively is the 12th fastest system in the world three and half years after its inception, according to the June 2016 TOP500 list. An initial system, Stampede-KNL, has been delivered to TACC in a collaboration between Dell and Intel, providing early access to systems with Xeon Phi processors. The system was ranked #117 on the June 2016 TOP500 list.Second, we had the honor of attending the unveiling of the fastest supercomputer on the continent of Africa, the Centre for High Performance Computing’s (CHPC) “Lengau” system. The Dell-powered Lengau (“Cheetah” in Setswana) provides high performance computing access and will help drive new research, new innovations and new national economic benefits in a country filled with both talent and opportunity.This new CHPC system, ranked #1 fastest in Africa and #121 in the world, is 15 times faster than the Centre’s previous system, yet within a smaller footprint and consuming less energy. Lengau is comprised of 1,039 Dell PowerEdge servers, totaling 19 racks of compute nodes and storage. It has a total Dell Storage capacity of five petabytes, and uses Dell Networking Ethernet switches and Mellanox FDR InfiniBand. The system will enable new opportunities and avenues in cutting-edge research (such as the Square Kilometer Array) and will provide the computational capacity in the private sector to help spur national economic growth.At ISC16, the Dell and CHPC-sponsored student cluster team took home its third title after achieving first place with the highest overall score for all benchmarks. We are honored to support this brilliant group of students, and are extremely proud of their performance. The team visited the Dell Round Rock campus in February to meet with HPC experts, check out Dell’s next-generation HPC and thermal labs, become familiar with the cluster systems and receive hands-on tutorials and feedback sessions.Finally, Dell made significant announcements during ISC High Performance 2016. Dell’s June 20th press release detailed the availability of new Dell HPC Systems, early access to innovative HPC technologies, technology partner collaborations with Intel, NVIDIA, Mellanox, and Cycle Computing, and successful global customer implementations. I encourage you to read it for more detail on how Dell is working to bring traditional HPC capabilities to mainstream businesses and to see examples of current Dell successful customer implementations, and investments we’re making to continue to lead in this space.Dell is doubling down on the HPC opportunity. We’re taking what we’ve learned from the most sophisticated research institutions and government agency supercomputers, and making it easier for a broader set of customers to benefit from HPC systems in this digital world. For example, our Dell HPC Systems for life science, research and manufacturing workloads, offer fully tested and validated building block systems, backed by a single point of hardware support and service options across the solution lifecycle. And, these systems are even easier to design, configure and ship through the Dell HPC System Builder, which enables us to configure Dell HPC Systems to fit specific customer wants, needs and environments.I encourage you to visit the resources below to learn more about Dell HPC systems, strategy and momentum:Press Release: Dell Announcements at ISC 16Blog: HPC Customer MomentumBlog: South Africa Students Visit Dell’s Round Rock Campus for HPC TrainingVideo: TACC’s Stampede SystemVideo: Centre for High Performance Computing (South Africa)Video: Dell HPC Innovation LabVideo: Addison Snell, Intersect360 Research on Dell and HPCVideo: University of Cambridge HPC Solution CenterJoin the Dell HPC CommunityFollow us at Dell Enterprise Group on LinkedIn, and @DellHPC on Twitter
Did you know that while we humans are 99.9 percent identical at the genome level, it is the 0.1 percent variation that explains many of our individual traits, including our susceptibility to diseases?[i]“Rare” diseaseDid you also know that what is termed “rare disease” is actually not so rare, as modern medical discoveries continue to reveal novel conditions that limit people’s everyday lives and were previously undiagnosed and untreated? According to Rare Disease UK[ii], there are between 6,000 and 8,000 known rare diseases with around five new rare diseases described in medical literature each week. Actually, one in 17 people around the globe will be affected by some form of rare disease, either seriously or in a less serious form. In fact, the carriers of rare diseases globally are easily equivalent to the population of a large country.And, to add to this, there is of course cancer, which comprises a genetic disease category in its own right. Non-medical people, like me, tend to forget that cancer isn’t just one disease – it’s actually hundreds of diseases forming thousands of combinations, each requiring a personalized and adjustable treatment plan.Modern personalized diagnosticsThe good news is that over the past ten years, tremendous biotechnological advances have not only changed the way we diagnose and treat genetic disease (and other more common disorders) but have also created a wealth of biomedical data. This has contributed hugely to our genetic disease knowledge, leading to a self-feeding loop of improved diagnosis and treatment. The key technology – Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) – allows for cheap, fast and accurate acquisition of a person’s whole or partial genome with countless applications, spanning disease diagnosis treatment to lifestyle decisions.Rapid diagnosisGoing back to disease susceptibilities, were you aware that genetic disorders are a leading cause of infant deaths? Unfortunately, diagnosing acutely ill babies is a race against the clock. While standard diagnostic methods are usually too slow to make a difference, an NGS technique called Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) can meet the critical time window to save lives. As WGS has become more affordable, it is also becoming more broadly available to patients. Today, new-born screening is currently available for about 60 genetic diseases with more to follow. As Dr. Stephen Kingsmore, President and CEO of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine said, “Rapid diagnosis of critically ill newborns is no longer an academic exercise; it’s a reality for critically ill new-borns.”In addition to new-born disease screening, WGS is also used to end the diagnostic odyssey of children and adults, who suffer from unusual genetic disorders and cannot reach a diagnosis through traditional methods.Immune and gene therapyLikewise, immune therapy and gene therapy – the process of treating an acquired disease like cancer either by using the patient’s own immune cells or by modifying their DNA – is also part of the present-day clinical treatment toolkit. This high accuracy, ultra-rapid method allows the simultaneous evaluation of nearly all 5,000 known genetic diseases in a single test, all enabled by guess what? Yes, believe it or not – a high-performing IT technology compute and storage solution!Precision medicineThese are two great examples of what the healthcare industry calls precision medicine – treatments that look at the genetic profile and genetic characteristics of the patient as well as the specific disease that the patient is dealing with. Using this information, doctors are then able to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient that continues to evolve and adapt as required.How we support healthcareAs western healthcare systems creak under the pressure of aging populations with chronic diseases and not enough funding to cope, health care authorities and hospitals are rapidly moving to adopt big game changers, like whole genome sequencing.Globally, we at Dell EMC OEM are working with a number of specialist companies in this field, sharing our expertise on the underlying compute and storage technology involved. For example, one of our partners, HybridStat has developed Geniasis, a DNA analytics platform, powered by Dell EMC architecture, which performs WGS analysis for diagnostic purposes. HybridStat also offers bioinformatics consulting services to life scientists.Deepening understanding and enabling new productsWe also work with organisations like Genomics England, Genomics Scotland, Genomics France and Genomics Wales, who do great work to expand the medical world’s understanding of diseases. For example, at the end of 2018, Genomics England achieved its goal of sequencing 100,000 genomes from around 85,000 people.[iii] This project – the largest national sequencing project of its kind worldwide – is enhancing researchers’ understanding of diseases while also supporting the development of products for earlier detection and treatment. You can read more about our work with Genomics England here.In a separate development, the British Government also announced plans last year to use artificial intelligence to diagnose cancer at earlier stages, which they believe will prevent 22,000 deaths by 2023.[iv]IT technology has enabled progressWhat has driven this revolution? Of course, medical research has made and continues to make huge advances but there’s no doubt that IT technology has been a significant enabler. Up until now, genome scale data management, annotation, interpretation and reporting were expensive and complicated, especially for clinical purposes.Now, thanks to rapid IT technology developments, DNA sequencing has become faster and cheaper with scientists now sequencing an entire genome in 22 minutes, while the process previously took days.[v] However, despite such advanced progress, experts say that the whole genome sequencing process needs to become even more automated if it is to realize its full potential.The rocket fuelHow do we get to this next stage? Of course, it goes without saying that we need scientists and continued investment in medical research. However, researchers also need the right tools like high performance computing and storage. The current estimate is that up to two billion genomes will be sequenced by 2025 and that storing, and processing genome data will reach up to 40 exabytes, exceeding the computing challenges of running YouTube and Twitter.[vi]Advances in IT technology have brought genomics within the reach of mainstream healthcare. Over the long-term, I believe that all these combined developments will transform patient care, leading to faster diagnosis and breakthrough treatments. The idea that technology should be a driver of human progress is central to how we think as a company – it’s all part of our commitment to Dell4Good, where we put our technology and expertise to work to improve lives.What are your views? I would love to hear your comments and questions. Come meet us at HIMSS19, Booth # 3159 in Orlando, Florida, February 11-15. Meet our experts, experience our demos and hear directly from customers discussing their successful technology deployment in Health IT Transformation, Precision Medicine, Connected Health, and Security. To learn more about Dell EMC OEM Solutions, visit: https://www.dellemc.com/en-us/oem/healthcare.htmKeep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @DellEMCOEM, and join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here.[i] https://www.genome.gov/19016904/faq-about-genetic-and-genomic-science/[ii] https://www.raredisease.org.uk/what-is-a-rare-disease/[iv] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-to-set-out-ambitious-plans-to-transform-outcomes-for-people-with-chronic-diseases[v] https://www.emc.com/collateral/solution-overview/h15368-dell-emc-edico-genome-so.pdf[vi] https://www.nature.com/news/genome-researchers-raise-alarm-over-big-data-1.17912
The Data Domain company was founded in 2001. The Data Domain appliance was created to transition tape-based backup to disk. Disk-based backup allowed for greater compression rates and the ability to reduce storage consumption by comparing new backup data to already stored data, thus making backups much more efficient. The process of comparing new data to stored data was originally called, “capacity optimization” and has since been changed across the industry to data deduplication, or dedupe for short.Data Domain began collecting Series A and Series B funding in 2002 and eventually went public in June of 2007, raising over $110 million from 7.4 million shares. In June 2009, EMC Corporation announced their intention to acquire Data Domain. Once Data Domain was brought into the portfolio, the adoption of Data Domain appliances accelerated.In 2004, the DD200 appliance had a capacity threshold of 1.25TB. Today’s Dell EMC Data Domain product line has a top end DD9800 appliance capacity threshold of 1PB, or roughly 1000 times the capacity of the DD200. The current line of appliances also includes Data Domain Virtual Edition, which gives you the ability to take advantage of a Data Domain appliance in a virtual form factor, both on-premises and in the cloud. Data Domain appliances also support cloud tiering for long-term retention, expanding available capacity by up to 2x. Cloud tier allows the customer to tier data to a supported cloud of their choice, freeing up space on their on-premises appliances.Rich Colbert, Field CTO at Dell EMC, sat down with Jeff Frick and Dave Vellante from The SiliconANGLE to discuss the acquisition and the innovation packed into Data Domain over the past decade.According to the IDC Market Spotlight, Purpose-Built Backup Appliances: 2018 Market Results, Dell EMC enjoyed a 60% market share of the $3.6 billion PBBA market in 2018. Dell EMC has been the market leader by revenue for as long as IDC has been tracking the market.Data Domain has had a successful decade as part of the now Dell EMC portfolio, and we look forward to what is coming next! Make sure to check out our data protection blogs and follow us on Twitter for more data protection news. Enough from us, check out what our customers have to say about Data Domain appliances.FieldCore, a GE CompanyThe Dell EMC solution was implemented in less than four days. “We went from a 4:1 deduplication ratio to a 41:1 deduplication ratio with Data Domain. We saw backups go from taking upwards of 24 hours to complete to 98% of our backups completing in less than one hour. This allowed us to replicate our data before the storm actually hit.” – Kerry Johnson – Senior Systems Engineer – FieldCorePhoenix Children’s HospitalBefore Phoenix Children’s Hospital had implemented protection storage from Dell EMC, their prior solution resulted in backup windows that were upwards of 24 hours. “Moving to Data Domain with deduplication we can finish our full backups in less than 7 hours” – Theodore Fotias – VP IT Infrastructure – Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Imagine a list of all-star podcasters like Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, and Rachel Hollis speaking at a virtual conference together, sharing wisdom and a seemingly endless stream of guidance and inspiration for your small business. You can tune in when you want, and it doesn’t cost you a dime to attend. You don’t even need to build a playlist, because we’ve done it for you – all you need to do is listen.Enter PodFerence™, the world’s first small business podcast conference featuring a series of more than 15 podcasts from a variety of top podcasters, launched and hosted by Dell Technologies.We recognize the need for timely and valuable information for small businesses has never been greater. With PodFerence, we’ve delivered an original concept that meets listeners where they are and engages them with content that is relevant to the success of their business.Featured podcasts will include a special episode of Against the Rules with Michael Lewis featuring Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, NPR’s How I Built This, RISE with Rachel Hollis, Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson, and The GM Shuffle with Michael Lombardi and Adnan Virk. PodFerence officially launches on May 1, with new episodes rolling out daily throughout the first week of May.Dell has been committed to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive throughout our 35 year history. PodFerence is just one of the many ways we are lending a helping hand, but the story of how we support small business doesn’t stop there:Small business owners need reliable infrastructure to run and scale their operations, while wearing multiple hats to successfully manage their company. With the Dell Small Business advisor program, owners can catch a break on playing that IT manager role. We offer companies free assistance on how to best optimize technology for their needs. The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network(DWEN) community is bringing together women entrepreneurs from all over the world to share their stories, best practices and resources to navigate COVID-19. We just announced our participation in Stand for Small, a coalition of more than 40 leading companies (and growing) leveraging the power of partnership to give small businesses access to meaningful support.We hope Podference is a helpful resource for your business and look forward to continuing to bring this concept to you in new and interesting ways. Special thank you to our agency partners at MediaCom for their ideation and development of PodFerence as a way to extend our Dell Technologies advisor experience, as well as Entercom, NPR, Wondery and the Athletic for their collaboration.For the full schedule and topics, visit https://delltechnologiesPodFerence.com/. Custom playlists will also be available via Radio.com, Apple Podcasts and Spotify; just search “Dell Technologies Podference” to find the playlist.**Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services LLC or its affiliates or designees (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers valid through July 31st, 2020, to qualified business end-users in the US (excluding DBC accounts). Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. Offers may change without notice, may be subject to minimum transaction size, and are subject to credit approval, product availability, applicable law and documentation provided by and acceptable to DFS. 0% Finance Lease: 24-month or 36-month term. Rate percentage does not include charges other than periodic rent payments. For purchases of qualifying Dell EMC infrastructure solutions (servers and storage). We recently rolled out the Payment Flexibility Program, which includes 0% interest rates and up to a 180-day payment deferral** on IT for businesses. We’re also making $9B in financing available this year to help fund your critical technology needs. This is our commitment to help you run your business, take care of your people and access essential technology.
NEW YORK (AP) — Declaring “God is on your side,” a Roman Catholic cardinal, an archbishop and six other U.S. bishops are declaring their support for LGBT youth and denouncing the bullying often directed at them. It comes in a statement released by the Tyler Clementi Foundation, named for the Rutgers University student who took his own life in 2010 after being targeted by online harassment. Among those signing the statement are Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, and Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Catholic teaching holds that LGBT people should be respected, loved and not discriminated against, but considers homosexual activity “intrinsically disordered.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and a group of 10 Senate Republicans are offering competing proposals to help the United States respond to the coronavirus pandemic and provide economic relief to businesses and families. The president is meeting with the senators on Monday at the White House. White House press secretary Jen Psaki is describing the meeting as “an exchange of ideas” and not a forum for Biden to “make or accept an offer.” The topline numbers are this: Biden’s plan calls for an additional $1.9 trillion in federal spending. The 10 GOP senators are calling for about $618 billion.