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  • November 30, 2016 30 Nov'16

    VNAs must push medical imaging technology boundaries

    This issue of SearchHealthIT's Pulse zeroes in on vendor neutral archives -- a distinctive, medical imaging technology in healthcare designed to allow providers to view images in a standard format.

    The market for medical imaging management is huge -- possibly worth almost $6 billion by 2021, and in order to grab their share, vendors must adapt and enhance their products. Our cover story explores the state of the vendor neutral archive (VNA) market and looks at how one children's hospital envisions the future use of its medical imaging technology system.

    Following up on that notion comes a 2017 wish list, in which three health IT experts explain what future VNA features they'd like to see. A standards-based approach tops that list. Elsewhere in Pulse, a Gartner analyst helps us debunk some of the myths behind the use of blockchain in healthcare, and find out what steps personal health record vendors need to take for a more successful foray into patient engagement.

  • December 23, 2015 23 Dec'15

    Providers leery of cloud, but not vendor neutral archives

    While providers are tying imaging to EHR-based workflows via vendor neutral archives and PACS, many are still leery of the cloud, imaging expert Michael Gray said in this video.

  • December 14, 2015 14 Dec'15

    Vendor neutral archives will coexist with PACS 3.0

    Vendor neutral archives, PACS 3.0 let healthcare providers use medical images from diverse sources, independent consultant Michael Gray said in this video from RSNA 2015.

  • December 08, 2015 08 Dec'15

    RSNA 2015 features fun, cosmopolitan radiology technology

    RSNA 2015, the biggest North American healthcare tech conference, featured the latest radiology IT and hardware tools -- as well as fun, benign chaos and an international flavor.

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  • Healthcare systems adjust view of vendor-neutral archives

    Legislative and cultural developments in recent years have forced healthcare professionals to rethink data storage. Health IT leaders, prompted by legislation such as HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act, have re-evaluated their methods of securing and accessing medical images in an effort to improve patient care. That’s no small feat, and heath IT professionals are looking to a variety of technologies to do so. Vendor-neutral archives -- systems that store from many sources and from many vendors’ systems -- seem the most viable answer, but issues with usability and the still recovering economy may stand in the way of increased adoption.

    In this three-part guide, SearchHealthIT drills down on the challenges preventing some healthcare organizations from adopting vendor-neutral archives, or VNAs, as well as their purported benefits. First, Shaun Sutner, news and feature writer, highlights the results of a SearchHealthIT survey that asked 110 health IT executives, managers and clinicians about their use of and purchase plans for VNAs and their older brethren, picture archiving and communication systems. Next, Sutner details the VNA implementation at Integris Health in Oklahoma City—with an eye toward what the health system’s journey means for the overall VNA market. In the concluding piece, consultant Reda Chouffani outlines three considerations for IT professionals looking to revisit their healthcare imaging strategies. Continue Reading

  • Taking the pain out of EHR data migration process

    EHR data migration expert Sean West of HealthPort offers strategies to make changing EHRs go smoother -- including negotiating with consultants. Continue Reading