A Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) has become synonymous with PACS and the management of medical images.

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.

  • The foundations for better, secure sharing of healthcare data
  • Advanced storage management capabilities
  • A standards based solution, incorporating, e.g., DICOM, HL7, XDS
  • Improved Disaster Recovery of medical image systems and data
  • The ability to ease media and application migrations
  • A full audit trail
  • Publically described schema

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.



A Comprehensive Healthcare Data Management Solution For Your Hospital


Software solutions for Health Information Exchanges

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.

  • Improving the quality of care by instant access to clinical information, inside and outside the healthcare institution.
  • Improving efficiency in care processes, saving time (instant access) and cost (time, transport).
  • Securing relationships with your clinical partners by providing a highly-valued information system, which supports their work flows.
  • Patient-centric information access, demonstrating to your patients that care professionals spent their time caring about them – not chasing information.
Forcare supplies all key components for Healthcare Information Exchange solutions

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:

  • We leverage existing information systems, connecting them into a “information sharing infrastructure”.
  • We provide smart solutions, leaving information “at the source”, yet provide access from a central clinical portal.
  • We offer a modular solution, based on the IHE (Integration the Healthcare Enterprise) standards, most notably IHE XDS – Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing.
  • We use open standards, and integrate seamlessly with other vendor’s components.

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.


XDS Software Development Kit

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.

Real interoperability

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.

Features & Benefits

Forcare’s XDS Software Development Toolkit (XDK) offers the following benefits:

  • Your developers are relieved of the technical burden of IHE XDS transactions and can focus on the functional requirements, using the IHE transactions. The XDK deals with communication protocols, security and standards support.
  • Built in Java allowing for deployments on both Windows® and Linux® operating systems.
  • Validated on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.
  • Includes support for HL7 message handling.
  • Developer support is available (training and helpdesk).
  • Sample code is included.
  • Java API documentation available.
Information for developers - Proven Technology

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.