The Advantages of VNA and Cloud-Based Solutions
Technology is constantly changing. No healthcare organization is going to be able to adopt every single new piece of hardware, software or image management solution that comes out. There comes a time, though, when upgrading becomes part of the strategy for the future, and for many organizations, a vendor neutral archive (VNA) solution is part of that discussion.
Common Triggers to VNA Implementation
Sometimes it’s a period of change that brings about the prospect of VNA into the mix. Perhaps it’s an expansion or an addition of another facility that brings about the discussion for something new. Maybe your PACS is at the end of its life and can no longer be upgraded. Bringing in a unified image archival solution like VNA can be the big decision that leads to much efficiency.
There are organizations out there that will forgo bringing in a new PACS and want to bypass that all together. When multiple departments rely on one PACS, the way that information is accessed and shared must be in such a way that it doesn’t bar one department from managing images. The goal is not only to improve the quality of care they offer patients, but to also improve IT efficiency and save some money in the process.
Efficiency All Around
In most cases, the VNA solution is the one that makes the most sense. Many times it’s because of the sheer number of images, many of which are large, that can be handled more practically and cost effectively. Obviously, electronic health records must also be worked into the solution, which VNA can do effectively.
When quick access to patient images is required, a VNA solution allows them to acquire and display many types of images, including DICOM and non-DICOM images. When connected with a cloud-based image management solution, storing the images suddenly becomes a no-brainer. Instead of taking up terabytes of data on the local server, everything is available in the cloud, which means you can scale up.
24/7/365 Connection to Data
VNA solutions offer excellent business continuity and disaster recovery options. The best vendors of image management solutions utilize multiple highly secure data centers that are geographically disparate. This ensures that your data, should it be compromised in one center, is available through another.
At OffSite Image Management, we offer a 360-degree mindset that can cover all of your imaging needs. We have always offered true VNA, which means it will work with DICOM and non-DICOM images, and will allow you to make queries, view images on any type of viewer and share images securely. Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can get you on the road to a VNA solution.