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How to Bring Your VNA Strategy to Life

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For years, medical imaging systems have continually evolved—from the first instances of departmental PACS in the mid-1990s, through to today’s third-generation VNAs, which can provide a network-wide, data-rich longitudinal view of patient history and context; improve content visualization through an advanced universal viewer companion; and facilitate secure, seamless information exchange and patient indexing across the enterprise.

As the needs of healthcare enterprises continue to evolve, a new type of system is quickly gaining traction within the healthcare industry: the living medical archive.

So, what is a ‘living medical archive’?

These systems go beyond the offerings of typical third-generation VNAs, providing the same robust platform for storing all DICOM and non-DICOM data, but are enhanced with flexible, modular, customizable and dynamic capabilities. This provides a distinct advantage over typical VNAs in key areas.

Enhanced Scalability

In particular, living medical archives have a greater ability to scale than VNA, which resolves a major challenge for growing healthcare organizations. Given the increased demand for imaging services and the sheer file size of images from modalities like tomosynthesis, providers are dealing with massive volumes of data (sometimes in multiple repositories) that are continually growing. To further complicate matters, when they need to scale, it has to be done rapidly and in a cost-effective manner that also avoids service disruptions.

Living medical archives facilitate growth by leveraging state-of-the-art technology in ‘big data’ management. This includes leading-edge technologies such as Cassandra – a database management system developed by Facebook that scales to a very large size across multiple servers, with no single point of failure.

Systems like Cassandra are horizontally scalable, and operate using clustered architectures, which are comprised of individual nodes across which data is replicated, but not duplicated. This provides reliable business continuity and supports zero-downtime, migration-less growth and failover, while minimizing storage costs. Clusters can be configured within individual data centers, or spread across multiple locations to provide flexible options for disaster recovery, while optimizing utilization of enterprise-wide processing resources. Either way, with a living medical archive, growth never affects performance.

Interoperability, Enhanced Management of Enterprise Data and Cost-Effectiveness

To learn more about additional aspects of a living medical archive, including the interoperability and enhanced management of enterprise data that they provide in a cost-effective platform, download our free ebook 5 Ways to Bring Your VNA Strategy to Life with a Living Medical Archive.

If you’re attending HIMSS 2018 and would like to learn more about Intelerad’s living medical archive, CosmosOne, we will be located at booth 1451.

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January 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

It’s Time to Expand Your Breast Imaging Offerings

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Expand Your Breast Imaging Offerings

Is your healthcare organization placing enough emphasis on women’s health?

In an article from Harvard Business Review1, research showed that 59% of women make healthcare decisions for others. For working mothers with kids under 18, that number shoots up to 94%. In other words, if you can attract a female patient and provide her with a positive experience, not only will she return in the future, her entire family may become patients.

In the medical imaging world, one way to attract female patients is by expanding your breast imaging offerings. If your organization is capable of interpreting 2D and/or 3D breast images, there’s more reason for women to seek your services.

Interpreting breast images used to require significant investment in specialty workstations, however that is no longer the case. Today, with an integrated breast imaging module, radiologists can interpret 2D and 3D breast images in their primary diagnostic viewer. In addition to cost savings, these modules provide significant workflow gains by allowing radiologists to conduct all reads within the same viewer, as opposed to switching between workstations to pull patient information or cover other modalities.

In addition, if you’re using a system which offer robust remote reading capabilities, you can easily engage with breast imaging specialists located outside your location. Better yet, if you’ve deployed a system like InteleOne® XE, which enables cross-enterprise workflows, you can have a breast imaging specialist read for multiple clients using a single viewer. As one client recently told us:

“With our cross-enterprise workflow and this module, we can provide tomosynthesis interpretations for our entire client base. For smaller clients, this means they can have their mammography studies interpreted by a dedicated breast specialist, even if they don’t have the specialist located at that site.”

At the end of the day, an integrated breast imaging module will enable organizations to provide higher quality reports in less time — which is precisely what patients want. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of an integrated breast imaging module, have a look at recent ebook 5 Reasons to Avoid Breast Imaging Workstations.


1. Luce, C.B., & Kennedy, J.T. (2015). The Health Care Industry Needs to Start Taking Women Seriously. Harvard Business Review

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September 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

CosmosOne Goes Beyond the Ordinary VNA

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Today marks the launch of CosmosOne™, a living medical archive that goes beyond the offerings of an ordinary VNA. In addition to centralizing all types of patient health information into a unified, actionable medical record so it can be accessed and shared in real-time, CosmosOne is highly scalable and flexible, always up to date and provides reliable business continuity and security.

In addition to enabling more timely, accurate, and coordinated care, CosmosOne allows healthcare organizations to reduce their capital and operational IT costs by consolidating imaging storage and infrastructure across departments and facilities.

CosmosOne adheres to industry standards and profiles, including HL7,, DICOM,, XDS, and XDS-I. This not only facilitates the integration of new systems, departments, and facilities, it also allows clients to reclaim ownership of their data and avoid painful data migrations.

Tailor Workflows
A cross-enterprise solution, CosmosOne’s sophisticated data normalization, routing, and storage rules allow users to tailor workflows based on each department and facility’s individual needs and preferences. The solution also ensures that patient data is protected through highly secure architecture, full adherence to regional patient privacy regulations, and sophisticated access controls.

Key Benefits

  • A single location for your all of your patients’ data, regardless of its source or format.
  • Simple, reliable, secure IT management.
  • Flexible platform, tailored to meet your business and clinical needs.

Key Features

  • Centralized, content agnostic archival (DICOM, non-DICOM and HL7).
  • Standards-based platform, including full XDS/XDS-I support.
  • Flexible data routing and normalization rules to support diverse workflows and systems.
  • Sophisticated, automated lifecycle management policies.
  • Highly-available and horizontally scalable.
  • Highly secure with full adherence to regional patient privacy regulations.

Learn more at SIIM and UKRC
If you want to learn more about CosmosOne, or see why it’s the perfect companion to InteleOne® XE, be sure to book a demo with us at SIIM or UKRC.

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May 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

Introducing Our Enhanced Clinical Portal, InteleConnect EV

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Today marks the launch of InteleConnect EV, the latest version of our clinical workflow solution for referring physicians, clinicians specialists. Available through any desktop or mobile web browser, InteleConnect EV enhances patient care by providing centralized, real-time access to patient orders, images and reports. This not only reduces turnaround times, but also makes it easier to locate patient information prior to follow-up appointments.

New to this latest version is a suite of enhanced image comparison and manipulation tools, access to full-fidelity (diagnostic-grade) images, and support for multi-specialty workflows. It also features an instant messaging (IM) tool to improve communication between radiologists and referrers. IM is a much-loved feature in InteleViewer, enabling clinicians to easily consult on studies in real-time. In fact, in a recent Intelerad case study, one radiologist from a large academic health center said that he uses it all day, every day. We anticipate that the feature will be well-received by InteleConnect users as well.

In addition to InteleConnect EV’s clinical benefits, a number of our customers see the solution as a competitive differentiation for growing their business.  According to Dr. David Miller of South Jersey Radiology Associates, since deploying InteleConnect, user adoption has continued to grow among his referrers.

“Every day, we have new physicians and practices signing up to use InteleConnect,” says Dr. Miller. “A few thousand have signed up to the system in the past year and are generally positive about the portal, happy to get the information they need quickly.”

Once customers are acquired, the solution helps maintain satisfaction. By providing a superior user experience, where patient images and reports are quickly available through a highly-intuitive interface, physicians tend to become loyal customers to the radiology group providing the service.

Progressive Radiology, who have been using InteleConnect since 2011, have received nothing but positive feedback from their referring physician community. According to Dominic Mezzanotte, Progressive’s Director of Information Systems, “The clinical liaisons come back and tell us the referrers love this.”

If you’re looking to expand your base of referring physicians while improving patient care, InteleConnect EV could be the answer. If you’d like to learn more and see the solution in action, be sure to visit our booths at SIIM (booth 416 & 418) and/or UKRC (booth 23).  

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May 10, 2017 at 11:43 am

Introducing Our Enterprise Imaging Productivity Calculator


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An interoperability solution for medical imaging, InteleOne® XE  links clinicians to patient images and reports stored across disparate HIS, EMR, PACS and VNA systems. By enabling radiologists to read from a across multiple PACS, with seamless access to patient priors, our clients are able to achieve massive productivity gains.

Quantify your potential gains today!

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March 27, 2017 at 2:26 pm

HIMSS 2017: Interoperability Can Turn Medical Imaging Infrastructure Challenges into Advantages

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In speaking with healthcare organizations of all sizes, we’re finding that there is a common set of challenges that is being felt across the industry – and they’re not just related to aging legacy systems.

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February 13, 2017 at 10:37 am