Kinson Ho Q&A: Understanding and Addressing Data Management Challenges with a Vendor Neutral Archive – Part 2 of 3


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Last week, Kinson Ho discussed the role of a VNA as an integral part of an organization’s enterprise imaging strategy, as well as the critical role of industry standards as the basis for these systems.  In today’s post, Kinson, an industry expert and author of two IHE Integration profiles, will discuss two more areas you should reflect on as you build your VNA strategy: the treatment of DICOM and non-DICOM data as well as the importance of clean data in a VNA implementation.

Both of these concepts are key technical considerations relating to interoperability, and should be part of an overall enterprise imaging strategy that encompasses an entire health care organization. Health care IT leaders should build their enterprise imaging strategy with input from many stakeholders in order to ensure they incorporate both the technical and the strategic considerations that reflect both their infrastructure and their clinical needs.

In a recent DOTmed Healthcare Business News article, Tomer Levy, General Manager of Workflow and Infrastructure discusses the trends related to interoperability and highlights several factors that are prevalent in today’s market.

“When choosing the next imaging vendor, and that may be for traditional PACS, a VNA or a workflow solution, make sure interoperability is a key consideration. And interoperability is a two way street. A technology vendor needs not only to expose data through standard interface, but also to be able to consume data from other systems to be seamlessly incorporated into the different workflows that are managed by that system. A truly advanced system will be able to share workflows, not just the data.

There are a number of factors that should go into the selection of these important systems. They include:

  • Supporting the interoperability of systems to help streamline and simplify the complex processes so that customers can efficiently and effectively manage core operations.
  • Understanding and supporting the distinctive workflow needed in the highly complex imaging and content management departments. Customers need to look beyond the simple feature/functionality to know what is needed to be successful and provide systems that are flexible in capability and expand to support future growth.
  • Investing in the future of health care, which has unique needs for workflow and data management. The PACS, VNA or ECM vendor would have a long and proven record in health care and be committed to the market.


Read the whole article and watch these video segments for advice on interoperability, DICOM and non-DICOM data and more. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into these topics, Kinson will be participating as the technical expert on two panels hosted by Don Dennison at SIIM.

Thursday June 30: “Developing an Imaging Record Quality Policy”
Friday, July 1: “Strategies for Dealing with Patient Identities in a Consolidated Enterprise

If you’re in Portland, make sure to attend his sessions or come see him along with the rest of the Change Healthcare team in person to learn more. Register now for a demo at Booth 309 and talk us about how to ensure your strategy is moving you towards an enterprise that is truly interoperable.

If you’re not attending SIIM, visit to learn more about Change Healthcare’s enterprise solutions.

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