News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019

Cloud archive provides greater storage flexibility, improved provider and patient access

Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA

February 7, 2019 — Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading providers and networks to adopt Ambra's digital health solutions for cloud vendor neutral archives (VNA).

A new trend across healthcare is emerging where all facilities, not just large hospital systems, are stepping away from on-premise picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and shifting their archiving to cloud-based VNAs. In a rapidly evolving imaging industry, standard PACS lack interoperability and the functionality required of modern image management practices, according to Ambra. There are a few key factors influencing the shift to cloud VNA, including:

  • An increasing amount of healthcare data;

  • Data that is being used for new research and artificial intelligence (AI) projects;

  • Patients demanding increased accessibility; and

  • Disaster recovery becoming a new priority.

Naugatuck Valley Radiology, the first American College of Radiology (ACR)-accredited Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence in the state of Connecticut, has recently adopted Ambra Health's solutions for cloud VNA. The flexible nature of the cloud has allowed Naugatuck to securely store imaging and offers an opportunity for referring physicians to have access. Image-enabling the referring physician portal has saved time and resources while eliminating the need for CDs. "Replacing our legacy platform with Ambra's Cloud VNA allowed our team to enable seamless workflows across our facility. Beyond archiving, we image-enabled our referring physician platform to ease physician access to reports and images with no delay," said Paul Masotto, executive director at Naugatuck Valley Radiology.

At Insight Imaging in Grass Valley, Calif., Melisa Agness, M.D., sought a unified access point for all medical imaging entering and exiting her facility, including critical prior mammography studies. With Ambra Health's Cloud VNA, Agness has gained a trusted source of imaging that allows for business continuity and disaster recovery planning fully integrated with the facility's electronic health record (EHR). "With Ambra, I know that my studies are safely stored in the cloud. I'm able to view imaging from anywhere at any time and feel confident that my practice can always be up and running. I also no longer need to worry about hardware upgrades; Ambra makes everything instantaneous," said Agness.

With Ambra Health's Cloud VNA, facilities can establish a unified point of access for all patient data leading to enhanced physician collaboration, image exchange, disaster recovery and business continuity, EHR integration and more. An optimized workflow allows for archive-ready studies that can be auto-generated when an HL7 Observation Result (ORU) is received. Ambra provides flexibility to archive and retrieves all DICOM modalities including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), computed radiography (CR), ultrasound (US) and mammography (MG), as well as many multimedia formats including JPEG, TIFF, PDF, DOC, DOCX, and TXT. The company's solution upgrades and strengthens business continuity plans through split-merge technology that provides a secure solution for storing patient data.

Those interested in learning more about Ambra Health's imaging solutions, including the new Ambra mobile application and patient portal features, can receive a live demo at the company’s booth during the upcoming Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2019 conference, Feb. 11-15 in Orlando.

For more information: www.ambrahealth.com

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