As hospital organizations realize the ever increasing amounts of stored imaging data residing in their PACS systems, they are beginning to question their image archiving strategies.
The cost of medical imaging data storage has increased due to advances in digital imaging scans. These rising costs coupled with other environmental factors have caused vendor neutral archives (VNA) to grow in popularity, representing a true solution for hospitals wanting greater control over how their images are stored and used.
The most attractive benefit for choosing a vendor neutral archive for many health care IT departments is in eliminating the need to migrate data from its PACS which is costly and cumbersome.
A report by MarketsandMarkets, estimated the global market for vendor neutral archives to be $165.3 million in 2013 and poised to reach $335.4 million by 2018, at a compound annual growth rate of 15.2 percent. This trend is driven in part by the need for centralized storage of standard-compliant imaging data, government policies requiring the use of advanced health information technology, and cost-savings for medical practices.
What truly distinguishes a VNA from an ordinary PACS archive is that it utilizes storage techniques, data formats and data-exchange methods for healthcare information by adhering to industry standards, while being agnostic to database, operating system, image generating device and infrastructure.
With a vendor neutral archive, any application using the technology requires only a single point of integration to a standardized service for access. This allows for a more patient-centric approach to data management, eliminating the costly IT interfaces and workarounds that attempt to fill the gaps between incompatible IT systems.
McKesson Enterprise Image Repository reduces those escalating, image management-related expenditures through system consolidation by:
- Centralizing management of enterprise imaging data, optimizing the number of individual systems that need to be maintained.
- Achieving economies of scale with a single larger storage platform for all image data.
- Eliminating the need to migrate PACS data again, increasing savings.
Vendors who can design and deliver on a broader solution help healthcare organizations answer the big question of how to manage their data in a cost-efficient workflow. A vendor neutral archive that can separate the clinical and diagnostic side of any patient image while offering a historical view in a well-organized, robust and reliable archive holds the key to delivering a successful enterprise image archiving strategy.
Where does your organization stand on the vendor neutral archive question?
Visit us at SIIM, Booth #425, on May 15-17 in Long Beach, Calif. to learn more about vendor neutral archives and see McKesson Enterprise Image Repository. Sign up in advance for a demo.