What is an Application-Independent Clinical Archive and Why Do Providers Need Them?

By Judy Hanover – August 7, 2014
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Providers moving to digital workplaces and hospitals know that amidst the transition, unstructured content volumes are exploding. Where we mainly dealt with medical images in the past, we now see the need to store, manage and access many types of unstructured content in the course of care delivery, including but not limited to medical images from radiology and other departments, still photographs, video and audio recordings and free text reports and notes. How we deal with this content and incorporate it into clinical workflow, mainly delivered via the EHR's front end, is changing, and with this comes the need for a patient-centric evolution of the vendor-neutral archive (VNA), which IDC has defined as the application-independent clinical archive, or AICA.


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Judy Hanover

Research DirectorIDC Health Insights

>Judy Hanover</a></p> <p>I am a research director for IDC Health Insights. For more information about me, visit http://www.idc-hi.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=PRF001874.


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