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Sponsor TeraMedica Cites Expected Growth in VNA Technology

(June 21st, 2012 - MILWAUKEE, WI) The Vendor Neutral Architecture Institute of Technology (VNAIT), the first and only online educational community dedicated to VNA technology, announces that it has surpassed the 400 membership mark this month.

VNAIT is dedicated to providing medical professionals with up-to-date information on archiving technologies based on open, universal IT standards that will promote the sharing of patient information across healthcare boundaries as well as enhance the long-term management, safety and security of this data.  Operating since 2010,  the VNAIT was founded and is sponsored by TeraMedica, Inc., the leading provider of vendor neutral,  enterprise-wide solutions for unrestricted medical image management.

In addition to a surge in membership, heightened interest in the VNA has attracted a growing number of corporate sponsors to the organization.  IBM is among the most recent new supporters.

“VNAs are predicted to store 31% of all new studies worldwide within four years, according to a major new report by InMedica, a leading independent provider of market research and consultancy to the global medical electronics industry,” says Del Coufal, Vice President of Marketing of TeraMedica. “This growing recognition of the importance of the VNA, particularly in today’s age of meaningful use, has likely been an important factor in the recent rise in the Institute’s membership and will continue to fuel its growth.”

Coufal points out that the InMedica report found that healthcare providers are implementing VNAs for a variety of reasons, from saving on future data migration costs and enhanced data mining across departments and IT systems to data sharing beyond the enterprise.

InMedica classifies VNA architecture in various levels to indicate its ability to meet these goals.  A Level 1 VNA minimizes PACS image data storage and migration costs to a new system.  In addition to this, a Level 2 VNA will also support the sharing of images across multiple locations in a community or hospital group.  A Level 3.1 VNA uses special XDS protocols to integrate non-DICOM clinical data storage in a standardized way to facilitate much broader clinical document sharing across both the enterprise and multiple unrelated locations.

“All of these VNA levels vary in cost and IT complexity,” notes Coufal.  “TeraMedica’s Synapse® VNA technology, for example, provides an advanced level of 3.1 VNA architecture by providing XDS support.  Sites that want to store and share reports, prescriptions and non-DICOM medical records with DICOM headers need to understand that XDS will be an important factor in appropriately planning and supporting these goals.  Today, decisions on IT system implementation can involve multiple departments, and a firm understanding of the technology is crucial.  Providing this type of information in an objective fashion is key to the mission of the VNAIT.”

According to Coufal, in recent months, TeraMedica has also experienced an elevated level of interest in its Synapse® VNA product.  “I believe that healthcare’s growing understanding of the nuances of the VNAs is driving a demand for a more robust product such as TeraMedica’ Synapse® VNA,” he says.  “Our XDS features promote image sharing, enable users to address meaningful use issues today, while keeping them poised for the future.”

About VNA Institute of Technology

Operated by TeraMedica, Inc., the mission of the VNA Institute of Technology (VNAIT) is to provide healthcare professionals with the most up-to-date industry information in a convenient online setting. The Institute was designed to fill a void of available education on healthcare informatics.  By taking the learner beyond DICOM, toward meaningful use (ARRA) and other global health initiatives, VNAIT’s end goal is to educate the industry. This offering is just the first step in an unparalleled recognition of industry demands for flexible, customer-built, patient-centric solutions for the emerging reality of personalized medicine.  To enroll, visit www.vnait.org.


About TeraMedica® Inc. 

TeraMedica, Inc., a global healthcare informatics company based in Milwaukee, WI, is the leading provider of vendor neutral, enterprise-wide solutions for unrestricted medical image management. The company began with the successful development of a cross-departmental, patient-centric clinical image archive for the Mayo Clinic in 2001. To date, TeraMedica has over 600 customer-driven deployments on six continents. Such flexibility can only be achieved by an organization that is committed to exceeding customer expectations using a technology platform that has been designed for adaptation.  For more information, visit www.TeraMedica.com.