The key delineation between a vendor neutral archive and all other solutions is the neutrality of the solution. A true Vendor Neutral Architecture provides the customer the ability to access the open database schema and deliver the solution on Wintel, Unix or Linux in a service-oriented architecture.
The architecture must be deployed using a varied combination of servers and storage from direct attached storage to SAM, CAS or cloud environments. The solution must be able to acquire medical and consumer standard clinical content. It must be able to manage the content using automated legal retention policy engines and distribute them in their native format using zero download universal viewers.
Vendor Neutral Architecture is a logical and scalable solution for a 100-bed hospital no matter where it resides. Vendor Neutral Architecture is often referred to as a necessary starting point in the race toward personalized medicine.