The following is the first installment of a four-part blog on Vendor Neutral Archives (VNAs).
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.
The following is Part I of a two-part blog.
Over the course of the last year, I had the opportunity to co-author a couple of HIMSS
& SIIM Enterprise Imaging White Papers
. Our team included various end users, industry solution experts, and DICOM/IHE committee members. Together we developed a number of specific use cases and workflows, however, it wasn’t until a recent personal
experience, that my eyes were opened to additional use cases that we hadn’t yet thought of. For me, and my wife, a frustrating series of medical events reinforced the need for seamless enterprise imaging and universal image sharing.
Two years ago, I finally caved in and purchased an iPhone. Over time, I learned how to use other features besides email and chat, and now I can’t imagine how I survived without it. What I didn’t realize, however, was how valuable my iPhone could be for doctors.
Implementing and maintaining medical imaging IT systems requires continuous clinical surveillance and diligence. In the absence of formal processes and clearly delineated job descriptions, poor decisions can be easily (and innocently) made by those acting without input from other essential stakeholders. So, how can organizational leaders help ensure proper clinical oversight?