Imaging at the edge

Healthcare organizations are growing at an unprecedented rate, with merger and acquisitions reaching all-time highs in the private sector. While there are many valid reasons for this growth, the ever-changing healthcare landscape has continued to push health systems further away from their origins.

This continued expansion has also made the job of managing an organization’s imaging infrastructure challenging, as health systems inherit a variety of imaging systems, devices and legacy content.

In today’s imaging world, it’s quite common for each region or facility to have multiple PACS vendors and patient identity domains across numerous imaging specialties. These disparate systems and domains can inhibit attempts to effectively manage patient content in a cohesive manner.

As a result, many organizations find that their critical imaging data is siloed, making it difficult to include assets from all imaging specialties in downstream workflows. They’re now turning to a true enterprise-first approach to imaging, one that is inclusive of the rich content they’re capturing throughout their enterprises, and including provisions for application integrations and clinical viewing across the entire health system.

Edge VNA servers accelerate imaging workflows

To help our customers begin to lay the groundwork for a true enterprise-imaging infrastructure, Hyland Healthcare has focused not only on centralized management of medical images (something we have excelled at for years with Acuo Vendor Neutral Archive), but we have also extended our functionality to the edge. For customers, this manifests itself in Acuo edge servers they can place strategically throughout their health systems to provide support to distributed imaging departments.

Acuo edge servers offer all the functionality of the VNA — everything from remote management, monitoring, routing and archiving to lifecycle management policies — in a smaller footprint.

For healthcare providers, this means they can configure medical image routing centrally, but the images themselves don’t have to travel long distances before they arrive to a clinician for interpretation because the edge server handles routing. Archiving and caching of images can also occur within Acuo edge servers, allowing stored images to reside in these devices for a designated period of time while simultaneously being available through the central archive.

By placing this functionality closer to the procedure and the radiologist, organizations can significantly accelerate the time necessary to view and interpret images. Furthermore , this configuration, when combined with an enterprise viewer like NilRead, also lays the groundwork for an advanced downtime reading solution should the WAN link to the central repository be broken. This is especially critical for customers considering to store primary copies of imaging data in the cloud.

Organizations can also take advantage of the fact that Acuo VNA and its edge servers can create separate databases. This means departments, facilities or regions can configure routes, lifecycle management policies and access rights, so you aren’t forced to deal with a one-size-fits-all approach to image management.

Browser-based VNA portal facilitates administration

With the Acuo Admin Portal management console, all routes, lifecycle management policies, access rights, monitoring and other critical functions are accessible from any browser-based workstation.

For providers and administrators, this approach means they can finally gain control of all of the imaging that is occurring throughout their organizations, regardless of where it’s occurring. It also establishes a foundation to start making all imaging assets available for downstream workflows like clinical review, research and exchange with internal and external applications.

Learn more at RSNA19

Over the last few years, the industry has witnessed record growth in the private sector, and as exciting as that growth is for many healthcare providers, ignoring the fragmentation happening within their imaging departments means missing out on the opportunity to utilize the rich imaging content they generate daily.

With Hyland Healthcare, you gain control of the imaging that’s occurring at the edge, without having to make wholesale changes to your organization. Visit us at booth #4300 at RSNA19 to learn about how we can help you gain control and set up an enterprise imaging strategy for the future.

Lyle McMillin

Lyle McMillin

Lyle is a product manager for the Hyland Healthcare portfolio of Enterprise Medical Imaging products, solutions and services. As a Product Manager, Lyle works with customers, partners and analysts to understand the most pressing business needs of the industry and uses that information to enhance the offerings brought forth by Hyland Healthcare. Lyle has a BA from Western Kentucky University and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati in addition to several industry certifications (CHDA, CPHIMS). In his free time, you can find Lyle attending folk and rock concerts all over the US and spending time with his family.

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