The following is the first installment of a four-part blog series on vendor neutral archives (VNAs). You can find Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 here.
I often find myself in conversations with casual observers of VNA, (not VNA geeks like myself), who have a general notion of the technology, which can be summarized simply as a ‘place where we store our images.' While this is fundamentally true, it’s important to peel back layers of the onion and explore why VNA is such an important place to store ‘things,’ and in the process perhaps explain why the VNA adoption trend continues in full force.
IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review is the first cognitive solution from Watson Health's medical imaging business. To understand customer perceptions of Watson Imaging Clinical Review, we asked a select few members of the Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative
to put it under the microscope. Over a total of 22 hours, we met with 38 professionals from 6 institutions: 5 clinicians, 6 radiologists, 15 administrators and 12 IT leaders for 30-40 minutes each. Here's what they had to say.
Breast cancer. Those two words send a small chill up my spine. As a woman, it's at the top of the list of potential ways I may become ill, or even die. Breast cancer has already struck two women in my family: my aunt and my grandmother, both twice. My grandmother's frail, 87-year old chest, which once fed each one of her seven children, is now flattened from a double mastectomy. It is a stark reminder that something that nourishes life can also take it away. She is a survivor. My aunt was fortunate enough to escape the grip of breast cancer with radiation. She is a survivor. But I wonder, what did they survive? To survive implies an outside attack, an invader or enemy wishing to do you harm. But that's not what this is. Breast cancer is an attack from within, on itself, a "friendly fire" of sorts. Unfortunately, that's only one of the battles women need to fight to survive this war. The other battle is a lifelong, persistent one that surrounds us all each and every day. It's the battle of fear and confusion.
I recently had the privilege of contributing to an article on HIMSSwire
regarding seven important issues that healthcare organization leaders must take into account as they strive to obtain the right cardiac imaging technologies and develop effective cardiology imaging strategies.