Among the critical components in radiology today is vendor neutral archiving (VNA), which allows providers to organize unstructured data. Meaningful use regulations really boosted VNA growth to reach where it is today, mostly because of its ability to allow easy, quick access to images. If you’re having issues with your PACS and have yet to bring VNA into the mix at your facility, read on.
From lifecycle management to data viewing, eliminating migration costs to creating a central storage architecture, VNA can do it all. The big attraction to VNA for many IT health professionals is that it allows organizations the ability to view images regardless of the location of that image. Historically, healthcare providers with multiple PACS, perhaps even different PACS in each individual department, have struggled accessing images and can finally find relief via VNA.
Proprietary roadblocks that were once the norm are now erased by VNA. Because if you are working with “true” VNA, it will provide more interoperability and fit your business needs. The only caveat is that you have to consider data migration costs over the long term. This means that you have to check out the different platforms being offered out there.
Finding a VNA Solution
As you might imagine, one vendor’s approach to VNA can differ wildly from the next. Some vendors make the distinction that theirs is “true” VNA. That definition fits under solutions that offer the following:
- Integrates with emergency health record workflows
- Is offered in a cloud-based platform, which makes integration easier
- Can adapt to the evolution of unstructured healthcare data
- Includes tools for easier access to images from other departments or satellite facilities
There are actually many advantages to adopting a cloud-based solution. The low overhead cost, scalability, less upkeep and management are just a few.
At OffSite Image Management, we’ve developed true VNA technology that offers many departments and practices seamless image storing and archiving capabilities across any PACS. Our clients enjoy every possible edge by utilizing our cloud-based solutions, providing a smoother workflow, better access to images and ease of use.
With our solution, you don’t have to worry about keeping up with updates or managing the infrastructure behind the technology because it’s all taken care of by OffSite’s team. If saving money while improving your approach to carrying out daily tasks sounds too good to be true, it’s not, just contact us and we’ll explain how you can achieve both.