NHS Moves Toward Open Source Vendor Neutral Archive
In order to avoid getting locked in to any proprietary solutions, NHS is making a move toward an open source VNA or Vendor Neutral Archive solution.
The solution will encompass everything from digital X-rays, patient notes and scanned letters.
Originally VNAs were an advancement the was initiated due to issues with proprietary solutions related to PACS or Picture Archive Communications Systems. The main issues were integration restrictions and with data migration when an organization wanted to change vendors or move to a different solution.
Currently VNAs aren’t just for PACS anymore. They are equipped to handle data from many departments within the healthcare enterprise using industry protocols such as DiCOM, HL7 and XDS. Using standard protocols is what allows the VNA to be ‘neutral’.
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