vendor neutral archive (VNA)

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Contributor(s): Monica Vallejo

Vendor neutral archive (VNA), in a health information technology context, is a medical imaging technology used by healthcare professionals that stores images in a standard format and interface, making medical imaging data accessible through different picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). VNAs allow users to consolidate, standardize and archive images and data from different PACS into a single, easily accessible and interoperable repository. VNAs are used to reduce silos of storage dedicated to individual PACS systems and facilitate cross-document sharing and exchange. Some of the benefits provided by VNA include:

  • The freedom to access data from different PACS and to change a PACS without requiring complex data migration methods
  • Effective control of image data
  • They allow for easy integration of new imaging applications, including those not supplied by the provider's current PACS vendor
This was last updated in September 2014

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