We’ve all had them: X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIs or other types of medical imaging. Those images are stored and, if necessary, accessed as part of our comprehensive medical records history. That’s why reliable, robust medical imaging is a key component in healthcare IT roadmaps.
Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) deliver cost-effective storage of — and easy access to — images from any number of modes. In fact, Global Data forecasts growth in the U.S. PACS market from $1 billion in 2008 to $2.5 billion in 2015. This won’t happen without a few challenges.
Challenges like this: in many cases, medical images and related data lives in proprietary “silos” — making it difficult, or even impossible, to share or distribute that information among departments and care providers. It’s simply not practical to expand and maintain digital medical images in this way. But these hurdles can be cleared, thanks to PACS solutions that address the problem head on — namely through Vendor-Neutral Archives (VNAs).
VNAs offer centralized archiving on the back end and distributed viewing on the front end. And while vendor-specific archives usually mean migrating data each time a new environment is introduced (both expensive and cumbersome), a VNA is different. Data migrates one time. It’s maintained with active interfaces, which keep data relevant and synchronized. Because a VNA accommodates the migration into a central architecture, the rate at which they are expanding into the marketplace comes as no surprise.
The Dell Unified Clinical Archive (UCA) a solution features VNA advantages. It’s a single-source, end-to-end solution for medical imaging storage needs. A long-term archiving solution, the UCA helps providers manage the data into a patient- centric record, enables easy search and retrieval, and makes it available to various healthcare providers at the point of patient care. See what taking a neutral stance is all about: learn more about Dell Unified Clinical Archive solutions.