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Panzura Helps Hospitals and Healthcare Trusts Improve Patient Outcomes, Recover from Ransomware Attacks

Panzura and Datatility have announced a partnership to help hospitals and healthcare trusts improve clinical outcomes and quickly recover from ransomware attacks. They will offer the Panzura Global File System-as-a-Service (GFSaaS) to organisations looking to access, protect and manage their unstructured clinical data. The fully managed service is optimised by Datatility for the healthcare sector.

GFSaaS is an automated instance of Panzura’s flagship solution. It consolidates dark and unstructured data, turning legacy storage into a high-performance global file system that works across any combination of public or private clouds.

Ransomware has been a growing problem in the field of healthcare. The pandemic and remote work have opened a pathway for both state-sponsored and rogue cybercriminals. Confirmed data breaches in the sector increased by 58 percent last year.

“Panzura’s ability to protect data in the cloud, and recover everything in minutes rather than hours or days, gives healthcare providers peace-of-mind that they would not normally have with legacy storage systems.” said Jan Rosenberg of Datatility.

The technology has already saved at least one hospital, a Datatility client, when they were hit by cyberattack. The security of the solution prevented it from impacting any of the data stored within the file system.

The Panzura service holds data within an immutable architecture that offers advantages over legacy storage and alternative file systems. Changes are synced to the cloud as new data objects. According to Panzura, that renders files impervious to overwriting by ransomware and other malware variants, and ensures healthcare trusts never pay ransoms.

Clinical outcomes with unstructured data
Healthcare data is typically siloed in disparate public, private and dark clouds. This includes a multitude of unstructured electronic health records (EHR) such as imaging files from devices, biosignal data from operating theatres and intensive care units, and pathophysiological audio files from patients and medical staff. Nearly 80 percent of EHR are unstructured

The increasing costs of data storage in healthcare are compounded by the exponential rate of data growth in these settings. A shift to value-based care and expanding reporting requirements have also complicated the data-driven burden on caregivers.

Panzura’s edge caching and locking technology accelerates I/O while deduping and compressing data. This improves availability and durability, and reduces the amount of storage needed to maintain both backups and primary data files. The service makes it possible to optimise applications, and collaborate among cross-functional and distributed teams, so fast it seems like everyone is in the same room.

“Our partnership with Panzura will help organisations access vastly underutilized clinical information residing in dark and unstructured formats to better coordinate, manage and improve patient care,” said Rosenberg.

Datatility will also provision the service to make data more available for analysis. It will be used to archive and store sensitive files, as well as to apply cloud-based machine-learning and AI analytics across a range of document types.

Panzura’s Glen Shok: “GFSaaS makes it easy to move, manage and protect big data across distant locations, and provides a very different path for disaster recovery so medical facilities and hospitals can become truly data-driven while also meeting strict service-level RTOs and RPOs.”

Datatility will deploy GFSaaS in privately owned and operated IBM Cloud Object Storage (ICOS). It is augmented by Panzura Data Services for analytics, monitoring, auditing, billing and management of data within the file system.