BridgeHead Software, a UK-based provider of healthcare data management solutions, has been selected by the Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Homerton) to implement its vendor neutral archive (VNA) for a cross departmental image data management system.

Homerton decided to implement the VNA system as its radiology picture archiving and communication system (PACS) contract is coming to an end.

The VNA system is said to help the trust locate and share all patient data with multiple clinical teams across multiple healthcare departments.

Homerton strategic IT projects head Dzinja Kabambe said that the trust needed a solution that could facilitate better sharing of data between all of its stakeholders.

"BridgeHead’s VNA provides us with total PACS neutrality… This means we will have the flexibility to make an objective decision about what PACS solution is right for us as an organisation."

"We had several options, namely do we select a PACS solution with ‘bundled’ image management capability, or do we separate our image management from the PACS altogether and opt for a VNA solution?" Kabambe added.

"We decided on the latter because we wanted to de-risk our impending PACS replacement.

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"BridgeHead’s VNA provides us with total PACS neutrality as, due to its vendor agnosticism, it is able to work with all major PACS providers in the UK.

"This means we will have the flexibility to make an objective decision about what PACS solution is right for us as an organisation."

The trust said that with the VNA system, less critical data such as images and reports from patients discharged more than six months ago can be moved to less expensive storage.

Homerton also wanted to utilise its VNA in other imaging specialties and departments, as well as to handle other file types beyond imaging, so that clinicians can view all of the documentation they need for the diagnosis and treatment of a patient all from one system.

Image: Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Photo courtesy of BridgeHead Software Ltd.