Apple Macintosh in the Enterprise: Hartford Hospital Stroke Center

“Neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional neurologists are among those at the 850-bed Hartford Hospital Stroke Center in Hartford, Conn., relying on Apple technology for their IT needs. The center runs three main eight-core Mac Pro workstations with 16 GB of RAM,” Andrew K. Burger reports for MacNewsWorld.

“‘OsiriX and VMWare are installed on all of the eight-core Mac Pros we utilize,’ Gary Spiegel, the center’s director of neurointervention and comedical director, told MacNewsWorld. OsiriX is an open source software system for processing, viewing and archiving 3-D medical images,” Burger reports. “‘Each is connected to Xserve RAIDs over Fibre Channel to provide access to all of our data at the highest speed. When we see patients in our clinic, we will display images on a large screen, discuss amongst ourselves, and then bring the patient in the room and discuss treatment options, if needed,’ Spiegel said.”

Burger reports, “The stroke center also employs redundant display-archive systems in its angiography lab connected by Myricom 10 gigabit Ethernet and standard Ethernet. Hence, ‘two people can access imaging simultaneously and we can connect to the clinic computer — 300 meters and four floors up — via Apple Remote Desktop, in real-time,’ Spiegel added.

Burger reports, “There are three reasons Apple technology is at the core of the Hartford Hospital Stroke Center’s IT environment, Spiegel explained. “‘The OsiriX application that we use is very powerful, open-source to allow customization, and fully supports Digital Subtraction Angiography, which most commercial systems do not. OsiriX was built using Apple’s Cocoa development technology, and thus is only available for Mac OS X,’ he added.”

“‘Apple has very competitive pricing on equipment and has extremely competitive pricing on RAID storage. … The Xserve RAID has performed flawlessly, and cost thousands of dollars less than the competitors’ quotes,’ Spiegel said. Third, the stability of the Mac OS, as well as that of OsiriX, and the simplicity of its user interface translate into the center being able to concentrate its resources providing healthcare rather than dealing with system crashes and long tutorials, Spiegel continued,” Burger reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “amex” for the heads up.]


  1. “When we see patients in our clinic, we will display images on a large screen, discuss amongst ourselves, and then bring the patient in the room and discuss treatment options, if needed,’ Spiegel said.”

    But that’s only in the Linda Richman wing.

  2. ” . . . Vista is the most secure operating system we’ve ever done, and if it’s administered properly, absolutely, it can be used to run a hospital or any kind of mission critical thing.”
    – Bill Gates, Feb., 2007.

    From fatal exception to fatal expectation. Would you bet your life on Vista?

  3. This is great. Plus if they need anymore stuff, there’s an applestore less than 10 minutes away.

    Wish the community colleges here switches out their Dells for Macs in the rooms. The lab at my college has 20 new Aluminum iMacs out of the 120 computers. And the graphic art lab uses new iMacs and Mac Pros for photoshop , & etc.

    But they can’t rid the dells because their required to keep them as the overall system of choice witch sucks. They’re so slow and lag only when opening the web browser.

  4. Spark, he also completely avoids the issue of reliability. In the full interview, he only talks about security and backup power which would be demanded for any mission critical system. But then, the MS Windows EULA forbids claims of injury or death resulting from its use.
    Let’s see him put his own life or the life of a family member in the hands of Vista.

  5. OsiriX, the app mentioned in the article, is something I use everyday and it is a wonderful app. A decent Macintosh can beat the pants off of a dedicated workstation from GE and others that is marketed for $100k a shot. As most Macheads know, a good Mac tower can be had for far less.

    The developers of OsiriX have also extensively leveraged the OS technologies to great advantage, such as using iChat AV for remote consultation. It is free software that is used widely at many prestigious hospitals, clinics and freestanding imaging centers.

    It is kind of fitting that this app exists as one of the original targets of NeXT Computer was the Radiology Workstation market- exactly what this app allows any Mac to do.

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