The global healthcare industry has seen a whirlwind of changes in the recent years and is in the phase of digital transformation, utilizing digital components and information technology to improve quality of care and patient outcomes while reducing the costs. Medical imaging is not an exception to this shift. With the increasing advancement in technology, nearly all specialties generate images and clinical reports ranging from radiology images, visible light images, ECG waveforms, and digital pathology among others that need to be archived electronically and made available through electronic medical and health record.
The growth in the generation of digital health data has led to increasing struggle for providers to manage the massive amount of patient information including medical images which are extensively scattered across multiple locations, facilities, and clinical repositories hindering healthcare objectives tied to the shift towards collaborative, value-based care.
Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) is increasingly adopted by the hospitals for storage of images and documents in a standard format with a standard interface, such that they can be accessed in a vendor-neutral manner by other systems. The technology allows medical facilities to switch their pre-existing PACS without having to migrate or convert data. Unlike PACS, a VNA system enables long-term storage and management. Factors such as the exploding number of images being generated in radiology and cardiology, adoption of Electronic Health Record (EHR), meaningful use imaging requirements and physician demand for image access, ability of VNA to solve problems associated with PACS such as the proliferation of data silos, and the lack of data compatibility between disparate PACS is driving the demand of VNA by the hospitals. Moreover, due to advancement in technology, VNA not only supports the documents related to radiology field, but also allows artefacts from other departments such as ophthalmology, oncology among others which helps in permitting applications to retrieve information pertaining to entire patient history, and also provide caregivers a broadview of the patient’s health. Also, growing recognition of benefits of implementing a VNA in a hospital system such as integration of image records with EHR; easy access, management and sharing of medical images across the enterprise and beyond; increase in workflow efficiency, reduction in time, labor and costs; and emergence of cloud computing further increases the demand of VNA by the hospitals.
Advancements in image management technology has led to the emergence of Application Independent Clinical Archive (AICA), also referred to as a next generation VNA, to overcome the data management challenges faced by healthcare organizations in their attempt to achieve a truly patient-centric, longitudinal record.
Owing to the unique properties of PACS, VNA, AICA, and enterprise/universal viewers; medical image management market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.7% to reach $4.89 billion by 2024, according to Meticulous Research®.
Browse in depth Report: Medical Image Management Market by Product (PACS (Radiology, Mammography, Cardiology, Oncology, Enterprise), VNA, AICA, Universal Viewer), Delivery (On premise, Hybrid, Cloud), End User (Hospitals, Diagnostic Imaging Center, ASC) – Global Forecast to 2024