In today’s orthopedic market, practices are facing significant growth in patient volumes, mainly due to an aging population
. Given the corresponding growth in medical imaging, and the fact that images are essential for accurate care decisions, many orthopedic practices are seeking robust and cost-effective information systems capable of recovering data during unforeseen disasters while economically storing and managing images with other providers. A cloud solution can help.
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.
The reading room reality
Radiologists spend just one third of their time on image interpretation
. For the majority of the day they are either supervising studies, performing image-guided procedures, teaching, in meetings, consulting with physicians, or directly caring for patients. Their work day is dynamic and full of interruptions, making effectiveness in the reading room an ongoing challenge.
Being efficient and productive in the dark room becomes increasingly important when radiologists encounter rare and complicated cases that require knowledge of patient history to complement the evaluation of medical images. This often means searching for patient information by manually sifting through multiple, extensive, disorganized and disconnected EMR records. Moreover, the situation is exacerbated by the fact that approximately 80% of patient data is unstructured
(e.g. notes and reports). Reading and understanding this data in order to uncover clinical meaning relevant to the imaging study at hand, disrupts radiologists’ workflow and takes up valuable time. In an age of increasing demands on reading physicians, this is a burden they can hardly afford.
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.