Medical imaging IT firm Sectra has received a multi-year contract from US-based University Hospitals (UH) to deploy its vendor neutral archive (VNA) solution to deal with patient imaging across the hospital system.

University Hospitals of Cleveland includes 16 hospitals and 30 outpatient facilities that offers services throughout 15 counties in northeast Ohio.

Sectra VNA is said to support a patient-centred workflow by enabling the capture, storage and access to any image, video and sound.

"This implementation is an essential component of our strategy to unify our electronic medical records across the enterprise."

It is both storage-vendor agnostic and workflow vendor independent, allowing efficient communication with surrounding systems.

University Hospitals chief information officer John Foley said: "This implementation is an essential component of our strategy to unify our electronic medical records across the enterprise.

"The VNA will establish within our EMR a single access point where providers can view medical images, such as radiology and cardiovascular studies."

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Initially, the VNA solution will be implemented over radiology, cardiology, dermatology and ophthalmology imaging. The hospital system will host the archive through its existing data centres, which will manage 1.5 million studies per year.

Sectra North America president Mikael Anden said: "University Hospitals and Sectra have enjoyed a strong relationship with Sectra PACS since 2003."

Sectra develops and markets IT systems and services for radiology, pathology, women’s health and orthopaedics. The firm’s systems are installed at 1,700 hospitals, clinics and imaging centres worldwide.