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Hyland’s Alex Ryan foresees a resurgence of VNAs and the adoption of corporate images in Spain

MADRID, January 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The digitalization of healthcare has revolutionized the way medical information is managed, shared and accessed. Several key trends have emerged in the Spanish healthcare market that are shaping the healthcare digitalization landscape.

Alex Ryan, EMEA Healthcare Solutions Director at Hyland Healthcare, dives into the top five trends, with a focus on vendor neutral archives (VNAs), enterprise imaging, interoperability and fingerprint-free medical viewers.

1. Adoption of Vendor Neutral Files (VNA)

Vendor Neutral Archives (VNA) are experiencing a resurgence in the Spanish healthcare market due to several key factors. First, the increasing volume and complexity of medical imaging data requires more efficient and scalable storage solutions. VNAs offer a centralized, standards-based platform for storing, managing and sharing medical images and associated data, making them an attractive option for healthcare providers looking to optimize their imaging workflows. Additionally, the increasing adoption of enterprise imaging strategies and the need for interoperability between different healthcare systems have driven the demand for VNAs.

VNAs provide a centralized repository of images and medical records, enabling seamless data exchange between different healthcare systems and eliminating vendor lock-in that prevents a cohesive foundation for interoperability and data access across the entire world. healthcare system. Adopting VNA allows healthcare providers to create that central repository, consolidating image data from multiple sources, facilitating collaboration between healthcare professionals, and laying the foundation for AI and moving to the cloud in a more cohesive way. . This, in turn, leads to better patient care and greater operational efficiency.

However, it is important to distinguish between a VNA provided by a PACS vendor and that of an independent IT organization due to potential interoperability and vendor lock-in concerns. PACS vendors’ VNAs can be optimized for their specific imaging systems, limiting flexibility and interoperability with other vendors’ solutions. On the other hand, VNAs from independent IT organizations are designed to integrate seamlessly with diverse systems and provide greater flexibility, allowing healthcare providers to future-proof their imaging infrastructure and avoid lock-in to a single vendor. This distinction is crucial for healthcare organizations seeking to achieve true vendor neutrality and interoperability across their entire imaging ecosystem.

2. Adoption of enterprise images

Enterprise Imaging solutions are gaining momentum in the healthcare digitalization journey in Spain. These solutions go beyond traditional picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) to encompass various types of medical data, including images, videos and documents. By consolidating diverse images and data into a single platform, healthcare providers can achieve a comprehensive view of patient information, optimize workflows, and improve diagnostic accuracy. Enterprise Imaging solutions are enabling healthcare organizations to break down data silos and provide more comprehensive and personalized care.

3. Interoperability for seamless data exchange

Interoperability is a fundamental focus area in the digitalization of the Spanish healthcare market. The ability to seamlessly exchange patient data between different healthcare systems, regardless of the provider or technology used, is crucial to providing efficient and coordinated care. Interoperability standards such as FHIR, HL7 and DICOM play a vital role in enabling data interoperability. The Spanish healthcare market is actively working to implement robust interoperability frameworks to improve care coordination, patient safety and data sharing across healthcare environments.

4. Boost care delivery with zero-footprint medical viewers

Zero-footprint medical viewers have become a game-changer in the digitalization of healthcare. These web-based viewers allow healthcare professionals to access medical images and reports securely from any internet-enabled device, eliminating the need for specialized software installations. In Spain, the adoption of zero-footprint medical viewers has improved accessibility to patient data, enabling timely decision-making, remote consultations, and greater patient engagement. These viewers have also helped reduce costs associated with IT infrastructure and software maintenance.

5. Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotic process automation (RPA), and analytics

The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics is transforming the landscape of Spanish healthcare digitalization. AI-powered algorithms can analyze large amounts of patient data, including medical images, to support clinical decision-making, early disease detection, and personalized treatment plans. Machine learning algorithms can identify patterns and anomalies in patient data, allowing healthcare professionals to make targeted interventions and improve patient outcomes. Machine learning can also be used to support the automatic classification and extraction of accounts payable invoice data to reduce labor costs and speed up processing. Like many of its European neighbors, the Spanish healthcare market is actively exploring analytics and artificial intelligence solutions to harness the potential of these technologies and improve the delivery of healthcare services.

In conclusion

All Spanish healthcare autonomous communities continue with their enterprise image digitization strategies, and it is necessary to prioritize interoperability, superior functionality and supplier neutrality to ensure the long-term success of their initiatives. Interoperability is crucial as it enables the seamless exchange of data between disparate systems, ensuring that patient information can flow freely and securely across the healthcare ecosystem. This facilitates comprehensive and holistic patient care, leading to better outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Additionally, prioritizing superior functionality ensures that healthcare regions can leverage advanced imaging capabilities to make accurate diagnoses, develop effective treatment plans, and monitor patient progress more efficiently. This not only improves the quality of care, but also supports research and innovation within the healthcare community.

Additionally, embracing vendor neutrality fosters a competitive marketplace where healthcare regions are not limited to proprietary systems, allowing them to select the best solutions that meet their specific needs. This promotes innovation, cost-effectiveness and flexibility, ultimately resulting in better outcomes for both healthcare providers and patients.

By considering these critical factors in their procurement decisions, Spanish autonomous healthcare regions can lay the foundation for an interconnected and digitally transformed healthcare landscape that prioritizes patient care, clinical excellence and operational efficiency. This approach will ultimately contribute to advancing healthcare delivery and improving population health on a national scale.

About HylandHyland provides industry-leading technology foundations that enable its customers to create better human connections. Trusted by thousands of organizations around the world, including more than half of the Fortune 100, Hyland’s intelligent solutions seamlessly integrate content, data, and processes to improve every interaction.

Media Contact: Joel HammondJoel.Hammond@Hyland.com

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