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Posted by John Hansen on 1/31/2018 3:09:50 PM

VNA as the Foundation for Enterprise Imaging, Image Sharing, and Collaboration
This is the conclusion of a 4-part blog series covering the value of a vendor neutral archive (VNA). In case you missed the first three parts of the series, read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 here.
Enterprise imaging and encounters-based imaging bring imaging workflows into any service line which generates any form of images, multimedia, or ‘unstructured content’ as a byproduct of the care process.


Posted by Kathleen Schroeder on 12/6/2017 2:15:10 PM

6 Ways a VNA Can Reduce Imaging Costs
Medical imaging is one of the most costly components of patient care. Data from the American College of Radiology indicates that diagnostic imaging accounts for 10 percent ($100 billion) of total annual healthcare costs¹. At least part of these staggering costs can be attributed to the fact that so many exams simply shouldn’t have to happen. In fact, researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, have estimated that a significant amount of studies—nearly 9 percent—are unnecessary or redundant².


Posted by John Hansen on 11/8/2017 2:00:43 PM

Shedding Light on Dark Data and the Shadow EHR
The following is the third installment of a four-part blog series about the value of VNAs. Click to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 4.

It’s safe to say that Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption has happened in the U.S. The trend started long ago and accelerated thanks in part to the HITECH Act and ‘meaningful use.’ And while we may not all agree on why it happened or what fueled it, EHR adoption levels in the U.S. are quite high and continue to grow globally as well.


Posted by John Hansen on 9/18/2017 2:33:19 PM

Vendor Neutrality: What does it really mean and why is it important?
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.


Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 5/25/2016 1:41:41 PM

Leading children’s hospital fully integrates its image archive
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), a 600-bed academic medical center, faced the dual challenges of long-term image storage and lack of true disaster recovery for full-fidelity images. With the implementation of Merge interoperability solutions, these important issues were addressed, workflow was improved and CCHMC now plans to further expand its archive beyond radiology and cardiology, across all specialties. 


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