Vendor Neutral Archive Opportunities
Vendor Neutral Archives
Healthcare organizations, despite size or complexity, can face many challenges when dealing with vendor neutral archive and cross-enterprise document sharing systems. To succeed, your healthcare organization must achieve the flexibility to manage and share multidisciplinary images and related clinical documents and artifacts.
In these medical imaging articles, industry guest authors and thought leaders from McKesson offer their expertise on opportunities for improving medical image archiving. Topics range from enhancing patient care and handling patient complaints in the ED to eliminating medical data silos and consolidating medical imaging.
Read the insights and opportunities on vendor neutral archive systems below to begin reaching beyond departmental walls by focusing on architectural flexibility, scalability and interoperability.
In this era of instant gratification, patients now expect near-instantaneous response rates. Improving the speed and accuracy of diagnoses fundamentally serves to foster increased patient health and satisfaction, while helping to prevent future chronic conditions. Healthcare organizations can also help reduce costs and share savings by maintaining a focus on improving care outcomes.
Because of this shift in patient expectations, there is a renewed focus on producing faster and more accurate diagnoses.
The Conserus™ Clinical Data Exchange helps imaging communities evolve into modern diagnostic environments by enabling direct lines of sight into comprehensive and informed views of patient conditions.
Editor’s Note: This article by Kayt Sukel appears in Healthcare Informatics Technology Insight Series and is reprinted here with permission.
Digital storage has become — and will remain — one of healthcare’s biggest information technology challenges. According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 600 million imaging procedures, including CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds, mammograms, and MRIs, are performed each year in the United States alone. And as imaging technology makes new gains, allowing for higher resolution, three-dimensional, and live-action views, those image files are expanding. So much so, AT&T Inc.’s ForHealth Group estimates that image archives are growing by approximately 40 percent each year.
Every healthcare leader understands the immense cost of data breaches. Understandably, CIOs and security directors are increasingly concerned about data security. How can the right vendor neutral archive (VNA), allow these leaders to sleep easier at night knowing their data is secure?
Jonathan Carr, Business Development & Channel Manager at McKesson, notes that the centralized nature of a VNA provides the best opportunity for healthcare data protection.
“When you have a VNA, you basically have a centralized inventory of all your data assets in one system,” Carr said. Such an inventory can be used to help consolidate your data under a seamless encryption system.
Whether you crave immediate results from IT investments or love to get ahead of a curve, we’ve got points for consideration on integrating your organization’s cardiovascular information system (CVIS) with your vendor neutral archive (VNA).
Let’s talk about the practical side of integration, the part where you get near-instant gratification. First, if your organization has purchased a VNA, you want to leverage that investment. Connecting the CVIS to the VNA creates opportunities for more efficient storage asset management and reduction in administrative overhead. Most VNA systems today offer image management capabilities that are superior to most CVIS systems. Put simply, it doesn’t make much sense to have a central image repository and store cardiology images in a separate system.
Healthcare leaders consistently work to improve the quality of patient care. And with good reason – suboptimal care can lead to complications, longer hospital stays, higher readmissions and prolonged illness. Improving care not only helps prevent negative outcomes, but it also makes financial sense. For example, one study found that working to reduce patient harm during hospital stays resulted in savings of more than $4 billion in a 3-year timeframe.
One way that hospitals are improving patient care and streamlining internal workflow is by taking an enterprise approach to diagnostic imaging.
In an era when we can view our bank account balance on our phone, ask a digital assistant to find the nearest Thai restaurant, and plug a device into our car to help us save money on insurance, it seems unlikely that patients will continue to accept excuses for providers not having access to their full medical record.
Of course, providers are just as frustrated by their efforts to gain access to health information stored across multiple facilities — or even multiple departments in the same facility.
Editor’s Note: This article by Beth W. Orenstein appears in the July issue of Radiology Today and is reprinted here with permission.
As image and other data needs become more complex, virtualized solutions increasingly protect against real disasters, but many facilities and vendors are not there yet.
Traditionally, data backup and disaster recovery were part of an imaging department’s PACS. As a result, business continuity and disaster recovery tended to be compatible exclusively with that PACS. Fast-forward to 2015 and the need to share and access data across departments has grown exponentially. “When thinking about health care information access needs, there are no ‘four walls’ anymore,” says Tomer Levy, general manager of the workflow and infrastructure in the Imaging and Workflow Solutions business unit of McKesson.
Ever been working down your inbox and you lose your Wi-Fi connection? Sure, you can still draft emails, but you may lose the ability to send and receive new emails. This is similar to a PACS environment that is not taking advantage of the capabilities in neutral solutions. If the PACS is your laptop, the neutral environment is your laptop with a Wi-Fi connection.
As healthcare leaders consider investing in technology that supports improvements to patient care, it’s important to know how a vendor neutral solution can enhance your PACS and diagnostic imaging department. There are crucial elements to consider; what are the benefits a of a vendor neutral environment and why a traditional PACS isn’t good enough in today’s changing healthcare arena.
A survey of physicians found that over the next 10 years, they expect half of their compensation to become based on value rather than fee-for-service. Despite industry movements toward value-based reimbursement, 37 percent of healthcare CEOs say they are still in the “investigative” stage of transitioning to value-based care. This gap between reimbursement based on value and organizations’ readiness is a significant challenge to healthcare executives.
As healthcare leaders determine how to best move toward value-based care models, they must determine what tools to invest in to ease the transition. There are healthcare IT solutions that can help solve value-based care challenges in three crucial ways: by including a consultative approach, aligning with interoperability and incorporating workflow.
Since the first PACS was developed in the early 1980s, medical imaging systems have continued to improve. Monitors have higher resolutions for viewing clarity. Images have 3D capabilities. Faster network speeds allow for more efficient image access.
In the 30-plus years since the construction of PACS, healthcare is now seeing its demise — or evolution. In this Q&A, industry consultant and speaker Don Dennison discusses the drive behind PACS’ evolution, what healthcare leaders need to consider and benefits organizations can gain.
Q: What is driving the need to “deconstruct” PACS?