South Denmark to build VNA system connecting 17 hospitals
19 July 2013
The Region of South Denmark (Region Syddanmark) has announced it has chosen GE Healthcare IT to set up a vendor neutral archive (VNA) system to be implemented in 2013. The VNA will connect the region’s 17 hospitals, enabling exchange of medical images and easier collaboration.
With 1.1m inhabitants and the university hospital in Odense, Region South Denmark is one of Denmark’s five regions to contract for a VNA, part of 24 initiatives spelled out in the nation’s three-year-old Inter-Regional IT Strategy. GE’s Centricity Clinical Archive will store both DICOM and non-DICOM patient data. It is a four-level model for medical information management, which helps connect and share information across multiple departments, specialties, locations and vendors, through a breadth of interoperability standards.
“The VNA means reduction or elimination of unnecessary exams and seamless access to patient history across the region. It will introduce more evidence and information into the decision making treatment process as healthcare professionals gain better access to consolidated patient history,” said Olivier Croly, General Manager of GE Healthcare IT Europe. “For providers linked to the system, it supports cost and time savings, which is critical in this changing age of medicine.”
“Denmark, like most of Europe, is struggling with increasing demand for access and quality of care improvements matched by the need to keep costs down,” said Kenneth Seerup Jørgensen, Chairman of the Region South Denmark IT Steering Committee. “By connecting the region with unprecedented access to patient information, GE’s VNA will help tremendously.”
The Archive provides a multi-ology, multi-site clinical content repository, that enables consolidation of IT infrastructure for archiving and managing unstructured medical content (images, reports, documents, etc.) using industry standards (DICOM, IHE-XDS).
Its enterprise-wide zero footprint clinical viewer and IHE-XDS registry provides near instant access to patient clinical history. Its messaging interface engine combines workflow systems like HIS and RIS to update an information repository and keep information consistent across systems. It also equips IT administrators with a choice of virtual server deployment to save data centre space, disaster recovery by connecting to cloud storage, and high reliability with standardized configurations.