Vendor neutral archives (VNAs) are the leading choice for enterprise imaging among most healthcare providers in the U.S., according to KLAS, a marketing research firm. Facilities use these solutions to store and retrieve clinical images and corresponding documents used in patient care.
VNAs are meant to be clinically useful, which is ultimately what separates them as a medical image archive from collections of employee files and other organization data, as reported by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. A VNA is useful in a healthcare setting because it efficiently controls clinical image data, and uses the most recent storage hardware technology. In addition, it allows practitioners to readily use new imaging applications and synch demographic data that correspond with the images.
KLAS released a study that interviewed healthcare organizations on their thoughts about VNAs. The results revealed that 27 percent of providers would choose a VNA in order to make clinical images more readily available to practitioners, with hospitals that accommodated more than 500 beds being the most interested in this technology.
"Image storage is a necessity, no matter what option is chosen," said Ben Brown, the author of the study, as quoted by Diagnostic Imaging. "As providers start to bring in more studies and the studies themselves increase in size, the need for storage will increase. In addition, as a provider explained, images will need to be managed as well as stored."
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