Hospitals planning to share clinical content between or beyond organisational boundaries may discover that they have limited options. There are several reasons for this:
- Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) use proprietary information to augment the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard for storing content
- Vendors at different locations may have different interpretations of the DICOM standard
- Clinicians are often hesitant to change image viewers because they become accustomed to the rich analysis of medical images that PACS provides
Because of this, hospital departments are often bound to one PACS vendor. If clinicians are unable to open images from other hospital departments with different vendors, they may be forced to repeat examinations—which increases time and cost of care.
Vendor-Neutral Archives (VNAs) present a solution to this problem. Our research note explores how VNAs remove the proprietary formats from image files and reviews action items to help you get started on your system migration.