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Mayo Clinic sets example for VNA users to come

Clinical image storage is becoming a growing concern in healthcare. With most medical facilities transitioning from traditional paper charts to electronic medical records (EMRs), there needs to be enough space for all the institution's patient data. One solution is implementing a vendor neutral archive (VNA) system.

TeraMedica's VNA system can accommodate billions of images, just like it did, in 2001, for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., which is the world's largest integrated medical institution. Since the installation of the system, the Mayo Clinic has made its way through 13 data migrations and is in the process of three more, according to Herman Oosterwilk, president of OTech and blogger.

The Mayo Clinic represents a few select medical facilities that are capable of state-of-the-art digitization and image production, and serves as a model for smaller, developing hospitals that will work up to adapting VNAs in upcoming years, as reported by OTech's blog.

Pathology departments are among those that face the obstacle of converting thousands of procedure images.

However, in the end, VNAs will address scalability among multiple departments and will efficiently deliver clinical archiving information. In addition, the technology will allow medical facilities to switch their pre-existing picture-archiving communication system (PACS) without having to migrate or convert data. Unlike PACS, a VNA system enables long-term storage and management.

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