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Enterprise imaging systems are gaining popularity in healthcare

Last updated:May 2017

Editor's note

Medical imaging technology is evolving. While vendor-neutral archives, or VNAs, and picture archiving and communication systems, or PACS, are still at the top of the imaging market, the healthcare industry is beginning to adopt enterprise imaging systems.

Unlike traditional imaging that is "ology"-specific, enterprise imaging seeks to centralize data and workflow in one system. Some of the benefits of enterprise imaging include improved patient care and efficiency, reduced costs and greater interoperability.

This guide will explore the current state of medical imaging, including where VNAs and PACS currently stand in the market, new technological innovations and the future of enterprise imaging.

1What the future holds for enterprise imaging

New innovations are improving medical imaging, and healthcare organizations are reaping the benefits. Mobile and wearable devices are two technological advances that are transforming the way providers deliver care, and the cloud is making it possible for healthcare organizations to scale medical imaging systems based on their needs.

2Protecting enterprise imaging systems from cyberattacks

Enterprise imaging systems aren't immune to cyberthreats, but the risk for attacks grows exponentially if an organization is unaware of what systems are in its network. Employees can also unknowingly compromise the security of enterprise imaging systems, making regular training a critical step in keeping those systems protected. Finally, getting all of the different departments within a healthcare organization can help identify or resolve a cyberattack.

3Storing medical images

Storage is a big concern for medical imaging files. Imaging-heavy departments such as radiology can generate 10,000 GB -- 10 TB -- a year, which can quickly deplete any existing storage capacity. In order to prevent data loss, healthcare organizations should consider flash, redundancy and the cloud to store medical images.