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About the White Paper: For those who do not know what is Vendor Neutral Archive or VNA, the term is used by many vendors
of PACS software to identify the core of their product--the component
that is used to reliably manage, store, retrieve, and query medical
images and related information. Unfortunately, there is no "official"
definition of the functionality of a VNA. As such, VNA offerings vary
from vendor to vendor. The result is confusion among users due to the
lack of a baseline that permits a direct comparison of VNA functionality
This white paper proposes a definition of a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) that identifies different architecture levels and their specific
functionality. The various components which make up the core of a
healthcare image and information management system will be discussed. It
also provides the key advantages of a VNA compared with a proprietary
solution. A checklist which can be used when evaluating and/or
requesting a RFI/RFP for a VNA is included as an attachment.
NOTE: For the comfort of our non-technical readers, we have linked difficult terminology in the white paper to our health imaging Wiki, HubPedia, so you can enjoy reading and can get instant reference, definitions and brief detail of technical terms.