When is the right time to add a vendor-neutral archive (VNA)? For DCH Health System, a Tuscaloosa-based hospital enterprise serving West Alabama, the decision coincided with an ambitious expansion of the cardiology department of its flagship hospital, 600-bed DCH Regional Medical Center.
Medical image storage has become complex: People expect easy access to images, and with the proliferation of electronic health records (EHR), this includes physicians. Vendor-neutral archive (VNAs) technology provides a single consolidated enterprise image management system, eliminating silo storage of specialized images.
When Schuylkill Health in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, started evaluating PACS to replace an existing system, a radiology information system (RIS) was not on the shopping list. The radiology department that served two hospitals and two specialty imaging centers used a hospital information system that had provided basic RIS functionality.