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Why VNA Matters so Much to Critical Access Hospitals

What VNA Does for Medical Imaging Vendor neutral archiving: it’s a part of conversation for just about every IT professional in healthcare. VNA, as it’s more widely known, has emerged among cloud computing as a go-to solution for improving the way providers handle medical imaging. Has your facility realized the benefits of using VNA? Today,…
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Image Management: Impacts on Life Expectancy in Rural Hospitals

It’s long been known that the healthcare resources in the rural communities do not match what is available in the urban centers. Ultimately, this could be part of what plays into rural life expectancy not matching that of the people living in more populated areas. Ultimately, there are many factors that lead to life expectancy,…
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Healthcare Enterprise and VNA: Starts with Strategy

Healthcare providers across the nation are looking at ways they can establish a better and more secure healthcare enterprise. The ones that are succeeding are doing it with vendor neutral archiving (VNA). To get started, you have to have a strategy. Your first thought should be on how you can get ready to migrate your…
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PACS and True VNA: What You Should Know

The healthcare community has caught on to the vendor neutral archiving (VNA) trend in a big way. As the search for the perfect picture archiving and communication system (PACS) ensues, many administrators are beginning to wonder what constitutes true VNA. Many people have differing views on what VNA is, which is why some providers implement…
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How Structured Data and Enterprise Archiving Are Trending Now

Meaningful Use (MU) objectives are influencing how radiologists approach their workflow. The latest phase, which includes requirements regarding when electronic reports must be available to patients, has definitely impacted the way radiologists and IT professionals are thinking about enterprise archive compatibility. The enterprise archive is a long-term storage solution that is capable of managing data…
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Vendor Neutral Voice Recognition in Radiology: It is Disruption Time

Disruption is a word often used in a negative light. However, for radiologists considering the next steps in technology that will help them do their jobs more efficiently, the latest “disruption” is positive: vendor neutral voice recognition. Some past disruptions include replacing film with digital processes, and replacing CD burning technology with electronic delivery of…
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PACS and HIE: Rumors and Truths

What’s in Store for PACS in the Future? The technology surrounding medical images continues to evolve, which means the conversation about the future of PACS gets deeper and wider every year. It’s difficult to separate the rumors from the truth and get a clear picture of where we’re headed in healthcare IT. There is an…
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Why a Disaster Recovery System in a Rural Hospital Means Life or Death

Not much can stop an EF5 tornado as it winds its way through a community. Ask anyone who was at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO, when a tornado dismantled the facility in 2011. Disasters to medical facilities aren’t always this dramatic or obvious. Sometimes it’s a simple climate control malfunction that can…
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Does HL7 Ease Sharing of Patient Records?

Gaining the Advantage With HL7 Health Level Seven, or are HL7, refers to the international standards for clinical and administrative data transfer between various software applications. It gets the “7” denomination due to the fact that the standards focus on layer seven of the application in the OSI model. So, how is HL7 impacting the…
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Setting up a Vendor Neutral Archiving System: Easier, Faster and Better Than You Think

Despite the promise of smoother sailing with a vendor neutral archiving (VNA) system, some healthcare providers are still edgy about the prospect because they don’t want to disrupt the way clinical users currently work with the system. There are a few tips to consider when making the transition. Providers who have gone through the process…
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