Manage Your Enterprise Imaging

For healthcare organizations looking to remove departmental barriers by managing and sharing ALL clinical images from a single, vendor neutral archive (VNA).

Modern healthcare is electronic and dependent on data for better patient outcomes and medical imaging systems are no exception, constantly evolving to improve patient diagnoses and treatment. That’s why it is vital for organizations to ensure that their vastly growing array of medical imaging data is stored efficiently, protected from misuse and disaster and be shared to other users, systems or other medical facilities.

Challenge 1
“We struggle to share our images across our clinical departments?”

Clinical departments still suffer from an inability to share medical images. Consequently, radiology, oncology, cardiology, ophthalmology, pathology, etc. still operate as standalone units, often creating data that only they can see and access. With the global drive to make all patient information available from within a single patient record, this is no longer acceptable. So, how can healthcare facilities create an environment to easily share data amongst clinicians and with the EMR?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore® Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) is the next generation in Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA). It provides a central, standards-based repository for all clinical images, regardless of the department they originate from. Medical images are sent from the source application to HealthStore, where the meta-data is gathered, indexed, and the original item stored in its native format. Once ingested into HealthStore, they can be searched and retrieved by the viewing application, web-based tools provided by HealthStore, an existing clinical portal or through the EMR. This enables individual clinicians and multi-disciplinary teams from inside and outside the organization to have full access to medical images and other related data, such as clinical reports, given that they have the appropriate permissions.

Learn how to seamlessly share information across and beyond your organization with BridgeHead’s HealthStore® →

Challenge 2
“Migrating my PACS applications and data is time consuming, expensive and disruptive”

Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) typically have a 5 to 10 year lifespan. Once contracts elapse, clinicians and PACS administrators are tasked with selecting and implementing new or upgraded systems. With multiple PACS’ in any one hospital, how do they minimize the pain of frequent DICOM data migrations and the resulting negative impact on hospital operations?

The Answer

Once PACS data has been ingested into BridgeHead’s HealthStore® Independent Clinical Archive (ICA), it is essentially the last migration you will ever have to undertake. Because HealthStore fully supports healthcare data standards such as DICOM, XDS and HL7, once data has entered the archive it is guaranteed to be conformant with successive applications. This means, each time you replace your primary application in the future, no data needs to be moved – it’s just a case of pointing the new application at the archive. No more expensive and major downtimes that hinder your healthcare operations and disrupt care delivery.

For more information on how to avoid PACS data migration pains, read more about BridgeHead’s HealthStore® →

Challenge 3
“How can I manage the exponential growth of my medical images?”

It is commonplace among radiology and other clinical departments to store images from their PACS applications on expensive, highly available, highly resilient storage systems. However, due to the continued exponential growth of clinical images, and the reticence to delete patient data (even if it is unlikely to be accessed again), this is no longer economically viable or sustainable. So, how can organizations efficiently and cost effectively store their images now and yet retain access in the future?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore® next generation Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) offers a total, inbuilt storage management solution. It contains complete life cycle management capabilities that take full control of your data from cradle to grave. And, because HealthStore is agnostic to both storage vendors, and their hardware devices, healthcare organizations can employ a tiered storage architecture, moving data across existing or new storage assets, from highly available SAN, to less expensive spinning disk, through to optical, tape or the cloud, all based on user defined policies. This means applications can utilize the most appropriate and cost effective storage assets based on the value of the data and frequency of its access.

To learn more on how to better manage the ever-increasing volume of clinical images your hospital generates, check out BridgeHead’s HealthStore® →

Challenge 4
“It’s impossible to back up my PACS environment – there's so much data and not enough time”

Due to the sheer volume of medical images healthcare organizations now have to manage, protecting the PACS application and its data has become increasingly challenging. So, how can a facility ensure that its medical imaging applications and data are properly safeguarded against system outage and/or data corruption? And, how can they ensure swift recovery should they experience any one of these scenarios?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore® provides all the facilities you need to be both highly available — resilient to disasters — and fully recoverable if the unplanned happens. As files are written to HealthStore, the system has an in-built, multi-copy capability that allows copies of the data to be independently written to multiple storage devices in multiple locations. So, if you want to keep a copy in your primary datacenter (onsite), a second copy in your secondary datacenter (at another site in your facility), a third copy to the cloud and a fourth copy to tape, HealthStore can facilitate this, ensuring all of your archived data is fully protected. In addition, BridgeHead can leverage advanced backup techniques to ensure the application itself is also protected and recoverable in the event of a disaster.

To back up your PACS environment more efficiently and effectively, read more on BridgeHead’s HealthStore® →

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