Case study

Continuous Availability for EHR Systems

Stratus® ftServer® system helps remote Alaska hospital achieve continuous availability of critical systems and data

Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital (SSMH) in Barrow, Alaska, the primary healthcare facility for the North Slope region, serves a population spanning an area larger than Washington State. Operated by the Arctic Slope Native Association (ASNA) and accredited by The Joint Commission, this 14-bed general medical facility ranks among the top hospitals nationwide for quality of service and patient safety standards. A 24/7/365 facility with 225 employees, SSMH provides out- patient, inpatient and emergency care for newborn through elderly patients, as well as a broad range of ob/gyn, dental, optometry, pharmacy, laboratory, audiology, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology and other specialty clinic services. Read on to learn how Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital uses Stratus ftServer for continuous availability of EHR critical systems.

Quick Facts



  • The Stratus ftServer 2600 system’s fault-tolerant architecture and built-in virtualization protect the hospital’s critical systems against unplanned downtime and data loss


With the ftServer system running its virtualized clinical and administrative applications, SSMH has been able to:

  • Keep its RPMS applications and EHR database up and running—all the time
  • Earn Joint Commission accreditation and receive CMS incentive funding for meaningful use
  • Help hospital staff deliver quality care with continuous access to systems and data

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