A VNA Transcends Upgrades and Changes to the PACS
Most PACS vendors have a very tight, non-standard connection between the PACS core components, especially when it relates to the interfaces, image manager and workstations. In addition, the data formats may be archived in a proprietary manner with the assumption that all data coming into the archive is DICOM based.
This worked for the initial years of PACS implementations, which were department centric. However, it does not meet the requirements for true enterprise storage and does not allow for PACS vendors to be changed without a lot of effort and expense. A true VNA allows a PACS vendor to be changed with relatively few interface changes by the new PACS vendor.
- PACS vendors provide a non-standard connection between the PACS and core components
- Data is often archived in a proprietary manner
- This doesn’t meet current standards
- A VNA allows PACS vendors to be changed with few interface changes
For more information about developing a Vendor Neutral Architecture, the VNA Institute of Technology, or to enroll for CPHIMS (CE) Continuing Education Hours, visit http://www.vnait.org.For information about TeraMedica, visit: http://www.teramedica.com