A High Performance Architecture for Medical Imaging Informatics

Jim Philbin, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

This talk will describe a new architecture that supports high performance access to medical images in across multiple enterprises. The architecture will support 3D viewing of large (> 1000 slice) CT and MRI studies from remote locations (> 1000 miles) using broadband networks in under 1 second. It will also describe a novel storage architecture that supports 100’s a petabytes distributed across multiple data centers.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Philbin is a senior healthcare information technology executive with broad experience in both business and research. He has expertise in management, medical imaging informatics, agile project management, software development, digital image processing, and storage systems. Dr. Philbin is currently the Senior Director of Medical Imaging at Johns Hopkins Medicine. As such, he is responsible for all aspects of medical imaging informatics at both the School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System. He oversees a staff of over 50 professionals dedicated to the Department of Radiology and Enterprise Medical Imaging. He is also Co-Director of the Research Center for Biomedical and Imaging Informatics. Upon joining Hopkins in 2005 he led the effort to transform the Radiology Department into a filmless and paperless operation. That transformation was successfully completed in two years with an ROI of 45%. Medical images are available on 12,000 workstations across the campuses. 65% of them are available within 10 minutes of study completion and 98% are available within one hour. Dr. Philbin led the effort that created an enterprise medical image archive that will span all of Johns Hopkins Medicine including 5 hospitals and 12 Outpatient Centers. At this point the archive is storing images from Radiology, Cardiology, Radiation Oncology, Vascular Surgery and many other specialties. Dr. Philbin was also the founding CEO of two successful startups. The first, Signafy, was a spinout of NEC Research Laboratories which won the DVD copy protection trials in Hollywood. After Signafy won the trails NEC reacquired the company. His second startup was named Emphora, which made storage caching and database acceleration software. Emphora was acquired by Storage Networks in 2001. Prior to his startup experience, Dr. Philbin worked for NEC’s research laboratory in Princeton, NJ. There he created the world’s first global cluster computer. This system was the first truly global cluster with multiple nodes located in Tokyo, Japan; Princeton, New Jersey; and Bonn, Germany. This system was used for many scientific advances. Dr. Philbin has a B.A., M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is also a Certified Imaging Informatics professional.