Scalability; a Vendor Neutral Archive Necessity

A Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) gives healthcare facilities the opportunity to share information, promote progress, and increase the accuracy of diagnoses and patient care plans.

However, there are discrepancies in how companies design their VNAs. Some have limited space for storage, some offer imprecise one-size-fits-all plans, and some offer specialized viewers that only work with specific interfaces.

What is Scalability? and Why is it Important?

When looking at a VNA, the key for any business is customization, orscalability. Hospitals and clinics are very different in the number of patients they tend to. It can range from hundreds to hundreds of thousands. This wide gap in needs creates a need for flexibility in medical technologies.

Each facility must come to their own decisions concerning which system will be best for them. For example, with Novarad’s hybrid model, each clinic gets a unique amount of storage to their needs with an unlimited cloud back-up, and the model is compatible with large or small setups.

Vendor Neutral Archive; Storage Space
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Storage Space

The VNA you choose needs more than enough storage for your needs.

Large hospitals should have terabytes worth of on-site archival space whereas small clinics need only worry about gigabytes. The VNA provider should work with you to ensure your needs are met, but also that your needs are not overreached in an attempt to force higher payments on healthcare providers.

Cloud Accessibility

Vendor Neutral Archive; Cloud Accessibility
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Novarad’s VNA is a hybrid model engineered to provide both onsite storage and an unlimited amount of cloud storage that acts not only as an extra storage option, but contains a back-up of the VNA of your particular clinic.

If there is ever a problem with your system, there should still be an archival record compiled.  The cloud database takes everything that would be recorded in your office and backs it up online.

Better yet, that cloud is available anywhere and does not require specific software to view; it only requires that the person be authorized to access it. On-call doctors, researchers, and others can not only view this information without a special viewer – because the cloud is already equipped with a universal viewer – but can call it up when the need arises, no matter their location.

This doesn’t just apply to a patient’s charts or simply text-based documents, but to any type of file identified with a patient, from X-rays to MRIs.

Although each VNA is different, a lot can be gained by knowing what common sense options you should be looking for before selecting a clinic’s future system. For example, should there always be a back-up of your medical files which YOU can access? Yes. Should the system in place be the right size for your business? Yes. Look for these and you can rest assured that your choice won’t be a regret later.

This post was written by Linde Fielding, a content writing intern with Novarad.

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