Introducing a VNA into the Hospital IT Environment #HealthcareIT

To most effectively introduce a VNA into the hospital IT environment, you must understand how it relates to the entire clinical setting. It is important to know what clinical systems are in play for a VNA (Radiology PACS, Cardiology PACS, EMR, other DICOM based PACS) as well as the non-clinical objects of other departments with non-clinical objects. One must also consider what the objectives are for the VNA i.e. archive only, archive and visualization, visualization only.

– Understand the IT environment … the opportunity for storage platform changes, overview of retention policies, costs, tiered storage, changes in visualization, server architecture.

– Strategic plans for clinical IT (especially imaging) … the opportunity to look at changes in workflows which can be aided with changes in applications and storage architecture.

Clinical Workflow Layer

  • Content creation/use
  • Clinical tools
  • Clinical workflow
  • Patients/study management

Data Management Layer

  • Vendor Neutral
  • Content Indexing
  • Clinical ILM
  • Clinical Virtualization

IT Data Storage Layer

  • Multi-tiered QOS
  • Protection/resiliency
  • Redundancy
  • Storage virtualization


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