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Iron Mountain Reels in RMS

Iron Mountain has continued its acquisition tear, grabbing records management specialist RMS Services for an undisclosed fee today in an attempt to boost its electronic records story.

RMS is one of a number of vendors that digitizes files and medical images so they can be turned into electronic medical records. With healthcare organizations coming under increasing pressure, thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), more and more specialized storage services like those offered by RMS are starting to emerge.

The Detroit, Mich.-based firm also specializes in handling data for Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), which are fast becoming healthcare IT managers' big storage headache.

"They store files and can deliver X-rays back to peoples' PACS," says Mark Rempe, Iron Mountain's vice president of health information services, adding that RMS's active file management offerings and its strong customer base were also major selling points.

RMS currently has around 122 hospitals on its customer list, which Rempe hopes to add to the 200 hospitals already signed up for Iron Mountain's Comprehensive Health Management (CHM) program. Launched in 2005, CHM is an outsourced service for both physical and electronic files.

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