McKesson, of San Francisco, and Iron Mountain Inc., of Boston, announced an agreement to integrate McKesson’s Horizon Medical Imaging picture archiving and communication system (PACS) with Iron Mountain’s Digital Record Center for Medical Images.

The Horizon Medical Imaging PACS is a complete reporting and workflow system that serves as the flagship component of McKesson’s enterprise imaging offering. The product collects patient images, allowing radiologists to more quickly deliver results to the attending care team.

With a fully managed “pay as you go” service, customers of Iron Mountain’s Digital Record Center for Medical Images avoid the capital expenditures and the management overhead inherent in managing back-up and long-term preservation.  Back-up becomes an automatic, continuous process ensuring that studies are protected off-site and available for restoration if necessary.  Archiving benefits include potentially dramatic cost savings and the avoidance of managing storage, data center costs, migration and hardware obsolescence.

As a result of the contact, customers will receive one solution that is capable of both secure back-up and disaster recovery, with quick access to patient records.