Vendor Neutral Archives Take Centre Stage

Today, healthcare Trusts have a new opportunity to deliver a joined-up patient experience following the dismantling of the government’s national IT initiative, Connecting for Health. Although individual Trusts still need to adhere to open standards so that they can easily exchange patient medical records with other care providers, they now have more freedom to choose the IT companies they work with, the types of systems they implement, and the way in which they prioritise and tackle projects.

It is in this context that Vendor-Neutral Archiving (VNA) has taken centre stage, as a means of providing digital access to medical images such as X-rays and MRI scans.

beyond pacs

SynApps’ VNA solutions are designed from the outset to be vendor-neutral and do not rely on a particular brand of storage. Rather, they are built on flexible enterprise content management (ECM) platforms which can intelligently handle and share any type of content, from any source. This allows Trusts to work towards a complete electronic medical record for patients – combining medical images with other, unstructured patient data. Any combination of this content can then be called up in a number of different ways according to the needs of the user.

Taking an ECM approach to patient data also allows Trusts to simultaneously address other important government targets, for example on image life-cycle management, security and scalability.

SynApps’ VNA solutions are affordable and straightforward to deploy too. Recognising that Trusts may have already invested extensively in PACS technology, SynApps provides a painless migration path, protecting these investments and allowing trusts to develop their capabilities at their own pace.

Quick Start VNA

vna quick start guideWe also offer a ‘quick start‘ version of our software which allows content to be extracted from an existing PACS for a fraction of the full price of the system. This offers a way for Trusts to experiment with the flexibility of the platform – for example using the underlying ECM architecture to combine digital patient information.

This option is proving enormously popular for Trusts that are looking to escape the restrictions of vendor lock-in and make progress with national patient information-exchange initiatives.