How a Vendor Neutral Archive Can Help Ease Your Security Concerns


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.

Healthcare leaders still concerned over the security of their data can take these VNA points from Carr to ease their minds.

1. VNA should offer more robust disaster recovery solutions.

Enterprise imaging solutions must scale and expand, even as secured technologies struggle to keep up with new changes. The ability to maintain data integrity during a crisis is critical as these new technologies emerge, and Carr notes that a VNA helps bridge this gap through both local and cloud-based data copies.

“Having that single, centralized repository allows you to better manage storage costs and disaster recovery options,” Carr said. “You have a local copy of your data, but you also have a remote copy – so in the event of a catastrophic failure, you have a complete inventory and copy of that data.”

Healthcare leaders sweating the security can breathe easier, if they know their VNA has  a second copy of essential data available in the cloud if the local copy is corrupted.

2. VNAs can help healthcare providers unify their encryption strategy

Because of the centralized housing of health data in a VNA, providers can work with storage vendors to increase the overall level of encryption on the back-end. Carr notes that his customers often ask about encryption opportunities as part of a centralized repository.

“This helps to add that extra layer of protection and security,” Carr said. He added that trying to lock down and secure multiple PACS systems in an enterprise environment would be an “administrative nightmare,” but a VNA provides a single point of entry for establishing that upper-level encryption and securely sharing patient data.

Add the partnerships with storage providers into that centralized repository, and healthcare leaders may rest easier with an organized data environment.

3. VNAs allow data and access to be constantly tracked.

Carr notes that there is a delicate balance between providing access to sensitive data and locking it behind secure walls. However, a VNA consolidates access into single points of entry, allowing for easier tracking/logging. This helps providers determine who accessed the data, and whether or not they are allowed to access it.

“Imaging is moving toward vendor neutral archives and centralized repositories […] there is definitely a push to centralize,” Carr said. “There are two end goals to this: to provide better patient care, and better, secure access to vital information. With that single point of access only those who should be pulling that data have access to it.”

For more information on McKesson’s vendor neutral enterprise imaging solutions or our IT services for data backup, please visit our web site.

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