When it comes to efficient healthcare, proper workflow is everything. Whether it’s the front desk staff, nurses, or doctors, healthcare providers do everything they can to make sure you’re getting the best possible care. From the second you walk through the door to the second you leave, they make sure you’re a priority and (if you’re lucky) you might even get a lollipop on your way out!
Healthcare providers don’t just need to use proper workflow when it comes to procedures; they also use it within their information technology in order to keep their facilities running smoothly in a timely manner.
One medical imaging technology that is bridging the gap between imaging interfaces is Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA). This workflow solution has the ability to store patient images in standard formats and interfaces within the facility software. These images are then made available through various picture archiving and communication systems (PACS).
With many so technical outlets on the market and in use by healthcare facilities, storing and transferring patient data into all different formats can be difficult. VNA makes it easy for all different types of data to interact with each other and enables healthcare professionals to transfer simplified data with ease.
The future of VNA looks very bright within the healthcare industry. It is expected to aid in big growth and the controlling of image data in the near future. According to Frost and Sullivan, the market for VNA will hit $210 million by 2018.
We know VNA simplifies patient data for easy sharing and storing, but what does does that look like in practice? Below are two main benefits:
1. VNA can handle a large variety of images and data without being tied down to a single vendor
VNA has the ability to separate the imaging layer and the archiving layer so that the image can reach a form of neutrality. This capability gives physicians a unified view of patient data while eliminating format issues that can stem from data migration.
2. VNA can help you achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2 and beyond
HIMSS strives to improve healthcare through the use of information technology. Meaningful Use Stage 2 of the HIMSS model focuses on inputting data into a clinical data repository so physicians can easily access data for review and results. It is essential that healthcare facilities meet certain standards when managing and sharing electronic medical records for their patients, and VNA has the ability to facilitate all of the Stage 2 requirements. This makes using VNA a big initiative for healthcare providers.
As of a 2012, a study by BridgeHead Software reported that about one-third of American hospitals had adopted some form of VNA, and another 19 percent were planning on adopting one in the next few years. Imagine those numbers now! Now is the time to secure the quality of healthcare you’ll provide in the future. For more information, watch our brief demo on Point of Care Scanning below.
Rick Cook | Is VNA the Future of Image Delivery: http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/vna-future-image-delivery
Christine Kao | What is a Vendor-Neutral Archive and How Can it Benefit Healthcare Facilities: http://www.carestream.com/blog/2013/04/24/what-is-a-vendor-neutral-archive-and-how-can-it-benefit-healthcare-facilities/