Medical Imaging Thrives With Rorke Data and StorageTek

February 10, 2003

SAN DIEGO, HIMSS Booth No. 1919, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- StorageTek(R) and Rorke Data, a subsidiary of San Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc. have formed an alliance aimed at improving the medical industry's access to secure, scalable, open

SAN DIEGO, HIMSS Booth No. 1919, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- StorageTek(R) and Rorke Data, a subsidiary of San Jose-based Bell Microproducts, Inc. have formed an alliance aimed at improving the medical industry's access to secure, scalable, open and flexible data storage solutions. Smaller-sized health care organizations with specialized HIS (hospital information systems) and RIS (radiology information systems) needs will now have easy access to centralized data through the comprehensive data storage solutions made available with this new health care industry alliance.

Through this alliance, StorageTek, the storage services and solutions expert, is extending its product offerings to a wider customer base within the Picture Archival Communications Systems (PACS), HIS, and RIS industry segments of the health care market. Rorke Data, which works with health care IT organizations to integrate departmental infrastructure with PACS, will now be able to provide health care organizations with a centralized data storage solution using StorageTek products. This relationship with Rorke Data underscores StorageTek's commitment to the health care community by offering storage solutions from a trusted company that has first-hand knowledge of the IT challenges facing health care organizations.

"As the medical community experiences a convergence of IT systems and PACS, there is a growing need for health care professionals to have access to shared archives of patient information related to imaging records, pathology reports and pharmaceutical information. To do this, they need a centralized and integrated IT infrastructure," said Bob Koecheler, vice president of Global Partners, StorageTek. "Rorke Data's strong medical imaging and HIS background as a systems integrator and its storage-centric focus makes them ideal to work with StorageTek in delivering comprehensive IT solutions that meet a health care organizations' PACS, HIPAA or other IT requirements."

"Health care providers are consolidating islands of data for easy access across their networks. This alliance with StorageTek enables us to provide them with a comprehensive solution for data storage and retrieval," said Joe Rorke, vice president of Marketing, Rorke Data. "We are pleased to help providers address their critical IT issues so they can focus on patient care."

The alliance, currently active in the U.S., is expected to expand globally later this year.

About Rorke Data

Rorke Data is a full digital storage solutions provider with expertise in Fibre-Channel RAID, SAN, DVD, tape and optical libraries, Unix, NT & Mac environments, high bandwidth networks, and related professional services. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, Inc. , and is composed of four divisions: Medical Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Video & Broadcast, Digital Prepress & Publishing, as well as a Technical Services division. More information about Rorke Data can be found at www.rorke.com .

About StorageTek

StorageTek (Storage Technology Corp.) , a $2 billion worldwide company with headquarters in Louisville, Colo., delivers a broad range of storage solutions that are easy to manage, that integrate well with existing infrastructures, and that allow universal access to data across servers, media types and networks. StorageTek provides practical and safe storage solutions in disk, networking, tape and tape automation, and services. StorageTek is a voting member of the SNIA. For more information, see www.storagetek.com , or call 1.800.786.7835

TRADEMARKS: StorageTek is a registered trademark of Storage Technology Corp. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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