How a Vendor Neutral Archiving System Delivers Control Back to the Hospital
Are You Attached to a Vendor Neutral Archiving System?
IT vendors specializing in picture archiving communication systems have for years been in control of how the medical community manages medical, diagnostic images. Thanks to the advent of the vendor neutral archiving system, power is being placed back into the hands of radiologists and other healthcare professionals.
One of the biggest benefits of going with a vendor neutral archiving system is that no matter the source of the image, it can be accessed and viewed by the appropriate people without the usual roadblocks caused by proprietary methods.
The positive aspects of the vendor neutral archiving system have healthcare IT professionals predicting that nearly a third of all new imaging studies across the world will be using a vendor neutral archiving system by 2017. The fact that VNA is fully compatible with the DICOM standard is one of the reasons the push to more VNA solutions is so aggressive.
VNA offers flexibility. You can store native and DICOM formats, which means you’ll be able to manage digital pathology slides, DICOM cardiology and radiology images, visible light photos, and other information, including HL7 data.
Another benefit offered through VNA is more control over data and interoperability with other IT systems. If you’re looking for a way to easily share medical records, analysis and images, VNA is going to be what brings you those benefits.
If you’re like many healthcare providers, you’re currently wrestling with proprietary issues related to your PACS. This is an issue because while you need to share information from department to department and from one facility to another, you’re finding your proprietary PACS getting in the way of your workflow. A VNA will allow sharing of images across systems.
Many conversations around VNAs are all about diagnostic images. However, there are benefits outside of images that VNA can address. For instance, many PACS today are being asked to store DICOM and non-DICOM data, both in radiology and in other medical specialties. Different departments have different ID numbers, which often have to be managed within the PACS. VNA can alleviate these discrepancies.
Have you ever undertaken a PACS migration project? Those who have know that it is a costly, time-consuming task that comes with hours and hours of troubleshooting. However, VNA can help streamline this project. The VNA method unlocks all the problems that occur with proprietary PACS where migration is concerned. A simple plug-in will connect the PACS to the VNA.
With OffSite Image Management, Inc., on your side, you’ll have access to industry-leading VNA solutions. Our clients can attest to our ability to think on our feet as we integrate our solutions with existing infrastructure, seamlessly migrate image after image, and bring new ways of accessing and sharing images to providers who have long needed a more efficient option. Contact us today and let’s discuss your needs.