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A Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) is the First Step

A Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) has become synonymous with PACS and the management of medical images. The notion of a VNA is to ensure that healthcare organizations 'own' their own medical content - that it's not wholly controlled by the PACS application. The challenge for healthcare IT is that the definition of a VNA varies from implementation to implementation, and provider to provider.

At BridgeHead Software, we believe that VNA is really defined by what a customer wants to achieve. Some require the image archive to solve sharing issues, while others will assume a VNA will help them better manage storage.

Our view is that a VNA should provide:

  1. The foundations for better, secure sharing of healthcare data
  2. Advanced storage management capabilities
  3. A standards based solution, incorporating, e.g., DICOM, HL7, XDS
  4. Improved Disaster Recovery of medical image systems and data
  5. The ability to ease media and application migrations
  6. A full audit trail
  7. Publically described schema

We believe a VNA should not aim to replace large portions of the existing PACS, since these are already deployed. Nor should it replicate functionality already offered by the PACS - this would add an extra management overhead and create inefficiencies.

If you would like to discuss how BridgeHead Software can help, contact us and we'd be delighted to share some ideas.