Duke University Health System Opts for Cross-Enterprise Image Storage

Specifically, Duke University Health System will be will implement Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) technology to aggregate all its imaging data into a single storage technology and make it accessible hospital-wide.

“Having a technology that is fully compatible with the DICOM standard, and also provides flexibility for storing and managing our own data in both native and DICOM formats is essential,” said Dr. Christopher Roth, Associate Chair of Radiology for Health Information Technology and Clinical Informatics, Duke University Medical Center and Director of Imaging IT Strategy, Duke Medicine.

“The ability to store such things as enterprise digital pathologic slides, visible light photos, and DICOM radiology and cardiology clinical and research images is important to the success of our clinical and research missions.”

“TeraMedica is extremely excited about adding Duke University to our growing list of leading academic centers that have adopted our Evercore VNA,” said Jim Prekop, TeraMedica’s President and CEO. “These institutions go through a rigorous and deep-diving evaluation process with both an eye for today and vision for tomorrow.”

VNA is a technology term that is now widely applied in the industry despite significant underlying variances in both functionality and design. Duke was well-informed and asked all of the right questions. There is no doubt that the full capabilities of the solution will be leveraged to meet their aggressive clinical care and IT objectives.

The VNA integrates and manages patient-centric clinical content in the clinical and research settings across wide geographies, including standard DICOM objects. Italso possesses the ability to natively manage and distribute beyond DICOM using global standards such as MPG, JPG, PDF and many other critical clinical content such as treatment plans for cancer care or vital reports in non-standard formats.

VNA technology intelligently manages the total image lifecycle of all DICOM and non-DICOM content. The Univision™ module provides a multi-layer, zero-download image viewer, with seamless integration to any EMR/EHR/PHR/RHIO. Duke will be utilizing the VNA to view and distribute data through their Epic EMR, anywhere the Epic Hyperspace is available to the user population.

“As a pioneer in this technology space, we have seen incredible change and certainly expect more to come. Fortunately, we have been able to leverage and build upon our fund amental VNA architectural advantages during the past decade. We definitely look forward to working with Duke in pursuit of expanded clinical and IT value,” concludes Dr. Roth.