Topic: Articles

Health care related data must be actionable

As Featured in HIMSS Digital Office

Regardless of your health systems size, if you attended HIMSS12 and survived the past year’s avalanche of articles and reform initiatives focused on healthcare/patient data transformation…you will know that the daunting task is to determine how you will strategically collect, store, safeguard, and then, make this data actionable.

Data collected can require a tremendous amount of your staff’s time, and then, that data may just sit and cost a lot of money to store. Or, it can be ‘actionable data,’ when used correctly, allows your organization the opportunity to:

  • Observe trends;
  • Consider opportunities and threats;
  • Predict; and Take timely action

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Sentara Healthcare: VNA Readiness and Launch

Sentara Healthcare: VNA Readiness and Launch As Featured in Imaging Technology News Magazine

Sentara Healthcare operates more than 100 sites of care serving the residents of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Founded in 1888, the organization is growing and is recognized as one of the top integrated health care systems in the nation. Sentara Healthcare currently consists of:

  • 10 hospitals
  • Advanced imaging centers
  • Three medical groups
  • Nursing and assisted-living centers
  • 3,680 provider medical staff
  • Optima Health – Sentara-owned health plan serving 450,000 members

Sentara’s quest for superior patient care, continuous innovation and expansion required the organization to consider a vendor neutral archive (VNA) solution to increase interoperability and connectivity for their current and future enterprise medical imaging initiatives. To launch the VNA effort, Sentara engaged Ascendian Healthcare Consulting as a partner to establish the foundations required for a successful business strategy and the supporting analysis, education, phased design and deployment. An enterprise VNA will enhance Sentara’s capabilities across clinical image data flow, work flow and integration with their EHR solution. The effort required:

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