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The vendor neutral archive market heats up as technology advances
This article is part of the Pulse issue of November 2016, Vol. 4, No. 4
As the vendor neutral archive market grows, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is deploying a long-term strategy for integrating medical images into its mainstream workflow using the latest VNA technology. That Ohio pediatrics system's path to the next generation of imaging -- part of a vendor neutral archive market that is consolidating and appears to be gradually replacing older picture archives and communication systems (PACS) -- is starting now. Cincinnati Children's is launching a Web-based, zero-footprint viewer from Merge Healthcare Inc. -- an IBM subsidiary that is one of leading companies in the vendor neutral archive market -- and adding it to its existing Merge VNA. It is available to any clinician within the system, on any device. The iConnect Enterprise Archive VNA stores images not only from radiology, but also from cardiology, rheumatology and anesthesia, and will eventually include many other medical specialties, unlike traditional PACS that are essentially confined to individual hospital departments. ...
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