Hitachi Data Systems Unveils Industry First Medical Content Management Blueprint for HIMSS Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model in Asia Pacific

Sydney— January 15, 2014 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced the first medical content management blueprint for Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM). The model, devised by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in Asia Pacific helps health organisations optimise their IT investments on the journey to full electronic medical records (EMR) adoption.

“Medical content is the lifeblood of health organisations. To ensure it runs smoothly, health organisations need a robust system to manage and control its storage, operation and security,” said Steven Yeo, vice president and executive director of HIMSS Asia Pacific. “It is encouraging that HDS has developed solutions with each stage of the EMR Adoption Model in mind.”

Health organisations around the world are fast adopting EMR applications to enhance care quality and efficiency. To support and guide these organisations, HIMSS offers an eight-stage Asia Pacific EMRAM which helps healthcare professionals understand their EMR needs.

Many physicians and managers find it challenging to identify the appropriate solutions to store and manage medical content when they adopt EMR. Drawing on its expertise in information innovation, HDS developed the new medical content management blueprint for HIMSS EMRAM.

“Healthcare is a big data industry that is experiencing a rapid, exponential increase in both the volume and variety of data when adopting EMR applications. As patient data continues to grow, health organisations need highly scalable, available IT infrastructures to support patient care as well as lower the total cost of ownership,” said Johnny Ma, general manager, APAC Industry Solutions, Hitachi Data Systems. “Through HIMSS consulting services, we ensure that we help healthcare organisations optimise their IT assets and manage costs while delivering excellent services.”

HDS content management solutions for EMRAM include seven elements, namely business continuity, file and content, unified storage, storage economics, cloud enablement, virtualisation, and enterprise-class storage platforms. Health organisations can implement each element separately according to their adoption stage or deploy an integrated infrastructure with multiple solutions to support their specific environment and growth plan. Only HDS can guarantee 100% availability of IT systems, which is a pre-requisite of a paperless EMR environment in stage 7. The solutions provided by HDS are fully compatible and scalable for interoperation.

By referring to the medical content management requirements for EMRAM, health organisations can formulate a solution algorithm to architect the best solution to meet the specific requirements of each stage. This solution algorithm comprises all the essential components to not only meet the needs of that individual EMRAM stage, but to integrate with the solutions implemented at later stages.

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About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6,300 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at http://www.hds.com/anz/.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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