The concept behind vendor-neutral archives (VNAs) appeals broadly to today’s healthcare providers: a non-proprietary archive of patient images of any type and any image-related data that can be accessed from any PACS or enterprise image viewer. With their promise of access to all images and image data regardless of provenance, VNAs are quickly becoming a central element of medical enterprise image management strategies.
Mobile devices are playing an increasingly important role in clinical care, particularly as providers work to shift to value-based care. Sharing patient data, both to coordinate care and decrease duplicative imaging and testing, is a key component of value-based care. Today, providers recognize that smartphones and tablets make this patient data access convenient and efficient.
In the United States, the 2015 rate of stroke incidence was just under 800,000 people a year. A particularly disturbing contribution to this statistic is the increasing number of strokes among those aged 50 to 55, which has resulted in a corresponding increase in hospitalizations. With these changes, stroke is an increasingly important topic of concern for hospitals today as they focus on population health. One way that providers are improving care is to literally bring the hospital to the patient in a mobile stroke unit, or MSU.
The use of diagnostic imaging is increasing across the globe and the total market is expected to reach $45 billion by 2022. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing segment of this market due to many of the same issues that have impacted the growth of imaging in North America and Europe. These factors include growth in incidence of chronic disease, aging populations and government healthcare initiatives for the modernization of healthcare infrastructures.