NHS Moves Toward Open Source Vendor Neutral Archive

By on March 28, 2015

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’.

You can read the Inquirer article by clicking here.

About dkorolyk

I've been involved in Healthcare IT and PACS since Y2k. Over the years I've been fortunate enough to be involved in a lot of interesting an diverse projects. My experience also includes numerous HL7/EMR integration projects as well as many hardware and software platforms. My three main areas of expertise include technical integration aspects of radiology, oncology and laboratory diagnostics.

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