The notion of a VNA is to ensure that healthcare organizations 'own' their own medical content - that it's not wholly controlled by the PACS application. The challenge for healthcare IT is that the definition of a VNA varies from implementation to implementation, and provider to provider. At BridgeHead Software, we believe that VNA is really defined by what a customer wants to achieve. Some require the image archive to solve sharing issues, while others will assume a VNA will help them better manage storage.
We believe a VNA should not aim to replace large portions of the existing PACS, since these are already deployed. Nor should it replicate functionality already offered by the PACS - this would add an extra management overhead and create inefficiencies.
Providing software solutions for Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) is our core business. A Health Information Exchange is a network, allowing our customers to exchange medical data to support key clinical processes. Examples include imaging networks, referral networks and communication to GPs. An HIE can be built around a single hospital, or can cover a regional or national group of healthcare institutions.
Forcare’s software suite offers a standards-based, modular solution to build HIEs for medical data exchange. We provide all the key components of a modern HIE, and offer the following advantages:
If you are looking for a state-of-the art Healthcare Information Exchange solution, consider Forcare. We’ve been leading standards-based HIE development since 2006 and have proven to be a valuable partner, with capability to deliver, to a wide range of customers.
With the establishment of health information exchanges you may be required to connect information systems to IHE XDS-based networks. This may require an expensive upgrade of your system or, when the system was developed internally, extensive development may be necessary to realize XDS compliance.
Forcare’s XDS Software Development Kit (XDK) allows you to quickly implement the required XDS compliance into your systems. Using our XDK you are able to accelerate your software development while having the guarantee of standards-based interoperability of clinical information.
Forcare’s XDK is based on the exact same libraries that are used in Forcare’s XDS products. They have been successfully validated every year at IHE Connectathons since 2007. Moreover, Forcare products are used world-wide to establish health information exchanges and have proven connectivity with many clinical information systems.
Forcare’s XDS Software Development Toolkit (XDK) offers the following benefits:
Forcare’s XDK is built using the Java™ development framework and is validated on both Windows® and Linux® 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. The XDK allows for developing IHE XDS Document Consumer, Source and Embedded Repository actors and implements the required transactions for these actors. Furthermore the XDK offers client-side support for XDS-related profiles such as “Patient Identifier Cross-Referencing” (PIX), “Patient Demographics Query” (PDQ), “Cross-Enterprise User Assertion” (XUA), “Audit Trail and Node Authentication” (ATNA), and “Cross-Community Access” (XCA).
The XDK reduces the need for developers to learn about the low level details of IHE transactions. Your developers can concentrate on end-user functionality that must be realized today. The XDK guarantees ongoing IHE compliant interoperability. All transactions are fully secure, relieving your developers of the need to dive into the details of security programming.