Understanding the Benefits of a Vendor Neutral Archive

Report by Imaging Expert Joe Marion Examines Factors that Affect VNA Deployment

New Orleans, LA (HIMSS Booth # 1769) – March 5, 2013 – Vendor Neutral Archiving (VNA) technology can be an effective tool for meeting data management and accessibility objectives, according to a new report written by independent healthcare imaging technology expert Joe Marion, principal of Healthcare Integration Strategies. Now available for download from BridgeHead Software’s website, the “Understanding the Vendor Neutral Archive” report discusses the real-world capabilities of a VNA.

Healthcare facilities have deployed Vendor Neutral Archive technology to consolidate image archive and data accessibility. Moving to a VNA can reduce migration costs and avoid the proprietary data storage obstacles often found in Picture Archive and Communications System (PACS) applications, making information more accessible. Facilities can also realize economies of scale through better utilization of storage infrastructure and the lowering of operational and maintenance costs.

A VNA solution offering immediate and long-term benefits can minimize expenses while improving clinical data accessibility,” said Joe Marion, principal of Healthcare Integration Strategies, LLC. “BridgeHead’s deep knowledge of data integrity and protection, as well as its experience with structured and unstructured data, allow the company to provide VNA solutions that will address clinical and IT requirements for years to come.

BridgeHead’s approach to VNA enables all types of hospital data to be stored, protected, and shared. The file-level protection that it provides is a vital building block in BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution, designed to ‘Bridge the Gap’ between what clinicians want for assured image availability and IT professionals need for data management. It is the only software that combines image protection together with DICOM and non-DICOM archiving, ensuring complete data availability.

It’s no secret that healthcare data is growing at a phenomenal rate. The challenge, with regards to medical image data, is that it doesn’t all adhere to standard formats such as DICOM,” said Jim Beagle, CEO of BridgeHead Software. “BridgeHead supports the drive for improved clinical care by storing and protecting all of a hospital’s data (not just DICOM) and enabling data to be shared back to individuals or systems that need it the most. In doing so, we believe we can help reduce the cost of data management.”

Marion presented his new report with Charles Mallio from NetApp and Tim Kaschinske from BridgeHead Software during the recent “Enterprise Data Archive in Hospital Environments: How VNA Can Bridge the Gaps in Data Availability” webinar. Listen now online or visit our HIMSS13 Knowledge Center site.