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Posted by John Hansen on 10/10/2017 9:21:39 PM

Security and Compliance for All Unstructured Patient Content
The following is the second installment of a four-part blog series. To read Part 1, please click here.

An often overlooked – or perhaps taken for granted – benefit of VNA is security and compliance for all unstructured patient content. There is a lot to chew on in that sentence. Let’s break it down.
 

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Posted by John Hansen on 9/18/2017 2:33:19 PM

Vendor Neutrality: What does it really mean and why is it important?
The following is the first installment of a four-part blog on Vendor Neutral Archives (VNAs).

I often find myself in conversations with casual observers of VNA, (not VNA geeks like myself), who have a general notion of the technology, which can be summarized simply as a ‘place where we store our images.' While this is fundamentally true, it’s important to peel back layers of the onion and explore why VNA is such an important place to store ‘things,’ and in the process perhaps explain why the VNA adoption trend continues in full force.
 

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Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 2/10/2017 10:38:22 AM

Risky Business: The Perils of Neglecting Enterprise Data Management
Smartphones and tablets are becoming just as common in the hands of clinicians as they are in the hands of today's teenagers. Many clinicians – especially younger care providers – are using them to collect medical images and now expect to have access to all kinds of imaging data on their mobile devices.

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Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 5/25/2016 1:41:41 PM

Leading children’s hospital fully integrates its image archive
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), a 600-bed academic medical center, faced the dual challenges of long-term image storage and lack of true disaster recovery for full-fidelity images. With the implementation of Merge interoperability solutions, these important issues were addressed, workflow was improved and CCHMC now plans to further expand its archive beyond radiology and cardiology, across all specialties. 

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Posted by Jon DeVries on 5/19/2015 10:13:49 AM

Distributed, Deconstructed, or Reconstructed: What You Need to Know about Today’s PACS
Enterprise's requirements for image management solutions are becoming more sophisticated and changing how providers view their Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Not that long ago PACS couldn’t do much more than ingest imaging studies and serve them up for radiologists to read, annotate, create key images and then archive—almost always to their own internal archiving systems. 

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Posted by Watson Health Imaging on 4/7/2015 9:30:52 AM

Enterprise Imaging in a Deconstructed World
In an age when consolidation, mergers, and acquisitions are increasingly common, the concept of the deconstructed PACS addresses real challenges and resolves pressing issues. Larger radiology practices are emerging, changing the way hospitals purchase radiology professional services.
 

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Posted by Michael Klozotsky on 3/20/2015 8:01:34 AM

Today’s Strategies for the Future of Connected Care
While only a fool would claim that he could say with absolute certainty what the future holds, it doesn’t take fortune teller to see that success in the healthcare industry will increasingly favor the “connected” over the “disconnected.” In fact, a recent survey found that 85% of industry stakeholders expect mergers and acquisition activity to increase in 2015 – meaning the newly created entities need to communicate and share data, including imaging information, efficiently and appropriately to ensure financial and clinical success.


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Posted by Mark Bronkalla on 2/2/2015 11:15:45 AM

How to Build a Better Workflow with Advanced Functionality PACS
Remember the days when all you could do with a telephone was call people—and only then from home, work, or a public phone booth?
 
Thanks to the power of innovation, today we can not only make and receive calls, but we can also buy, spend, read, watch TV, turn on the lights, and carry out any number of other functions from our smartphones.
 
Take a look around and you’ll see that much the same thing is happening with picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) technology. The days of limited cache sizes, having to pre-fetch imaging studies in order to work with them, bouncing around from one work list to another, and time-consuming, labor-intensive manual entry of users’ privileges and preference settings are swiftly coming to a close. In their place, a new era has ushered in advanced functionalities.

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Posted by Steve Tolle on 8/22/2014 11:12:33 AM

Doing Business in Today’s World: What Healthcare Can Learn from Medical Imaging
With the shift to value-based care and mounting regulatory pressures affecting the healthcare industry, healthcare organizations are looking for best practices to help them navigate today’s ever-changing environment. They don’t need to look far: medical imaging providers can offer their colleagues in the rest of healthcare a cogent picture of successful strategies.

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Posted by Mark Bronkalla on 3/24/2014 8:43:10 AM

What Does a PACS Plug-in Mean for VNAs?
A handful of radiology departments still think of picture archiving communications systems (PACS) as standalone silos, focusing only on traditional or singular specialties such as general radiology, nuclear medicine, mammography, etc. But as the industry shifts to an increasingly electronic environment, more practices understand the critical need the critical need to share, store, archive and access images through an enterprise-wide imaging strategy.

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Posted by Bob Schallhorn on 1/6/2014 12:53:58 PM

A Sound Imaging Strategy: The Heart of Effective Cardiac Care
Cardiovascular disease accounts for 17 million deaths each year, and is the number one cause of death worldwide. The growth of an aging patient population, combined with the arrival of major healthcare reform, makes it critical for cardiology service providers to embrace new electronic record management and imaging technologies.

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Posted by Justin Dearborn on 12/19/2013 1:02:31 PM

RSNA 2013: More Meaningful Than Ever
Now that it’s been a couple of days since my colleagues and I returned from the 99th Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago, we’ve had some time to digest all of the conversations from the show floor, sessions and client meetings. With more than 55,000 attendees, 600 technical exhibits and hundreds of posters and educational sessions, there’s no question that RSNA remains among the world’s most prominent medical conferences.

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Posted by Jon DeVries on 10/17/2013 2:31:05 PM

Top Ways an Enterprise-wide Imaging Strategy Benefits ACOs
At the risk of stating the obvious, accountable care organizations (ACOs), at their most fundamental level, are about accountability – holding member physicians, hospitals and other providers accountable for the quality and cost of the care they give their patients. After all, an ACO’s primary mission, when all is said and done, is to improve quality, reduce costs and increase efficiency by coordinating patients’ healthcare needs.

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Posted by Lisa Davies on 9/26/2013 2:54:04 PM

Reap the rewards of the new healthcare era with an enterprise imaging strategy
If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then medical images are priceless in the swiftly approaching era of value-based healthcare. As Meaningful Use and other regulatory measures take effect, smart providers should be taking steps now, if they haven’t already begun doing so, to implement an enterprise-wide strategy that prioritizes image management.

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Posted by Lisa Davies on 7/22/2013 1:42:04 PM

Considerations when consolidating PACS archives into a third-party archive
When I meet with hospitals that are considering consolidating PACS archives into a single VNA, they’re usually looking to do so for one of two reasons (or both if they fit). First is the simple financial motivation to reduce the cost and complexity of managing multiple, disparate archives. The second reason is clinical and their desire to give access to patient data across departments. For example, allowing the cardiology department with a first-time patient to see previous studies done by the radiology department, like a 2-view chest CR.
 
If you’re considering PACS archive consolidation, here are a few things to think about as you get started that can help you architect the right solution for your organization.

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