Education Program - SIIM 2018
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SIIM 2018 Annual Meeting, May 31 - June 2, 2018

Enterprise PACS vs. Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA): Choose Wisely

Friday, June 1 | 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Cherry Blossom Ballroom

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A lot has been written about the merits of using a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) to provide a shared, consolidated medical imaging record repository that spans multiple facilities and clinical domains. In today's consolidated enterprise, having a solution to provide a high-quality, longitudinal patient imaging record to any authorized user or system is a keystone of an effective imaging strategy.

However, regardless of how well a VNA may be working, if it has many different or underperforming PACS connected to it, the cost savings and business objectives may not be realized.

For some organizations, consolidating the myriad PACS at their various facilities into a shared Enterprise PACS is the best solution. They see the benefits of having a single, shared Radiology PACS and a shared Cardiology PACS in the effort to maintain and support the systems. These shared systems allow them to more easily centralize and standardize support services and knowledge. Collaboration and communication within a system is inherently easier than across systems. And if the PACS has comprehensive security controls, organizational policies can be applied consistently.

In this session, experienced imaging visionaries will debate the merits of the approach of using a shared, enterprise PACS vs. a VNA to provide the patient's longitudinal imaging record across the enterprise and beyond. Within each approach, solution architecture options will be explored.


  1. Understand the definition and attributes of an enterprise imaging solution architecture based on an Enterprise PACS or a VNA.
  2. Understand the merits and challenges of the approach of using an Enterprise PACS vs. a VNA.
  3. Understand how to evaluate your organization's needs to select the right approach for you.


Donald K. Dennison, FSIIM

Donald K. Dennison, FSIIM
Don K. Dennison Solutions Inc.

Matthew C. Hayes, CIIP, MBA

Matthew C. Hayes, CIIP, MBA
Enterprise Imaging Architect
Ochsner Health System

Jason Nagels, CIIP, PMP

Jason Nagels, CIIP, PMP
Clinical Program Manager

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