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Healthcare Informatics Podcast: A Deeper Look into the Imaging Informatics Landscape and a Preview of RSNA’s Annual Conference

November 24, 2015
by Mark Hagland and Rajiv Leventhal
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For the cover story of the November/December issue of Healthcare Informatics (the issue is now online and can be viewed here in full), HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland interviewed various healthcare IT and imaging informatics leaders about the current medical imaging landscape, and the questions and instability that surrounds it.

This was the topic of the latest Healthcare Informatics podcast with Hagland and Senior Editor Rajiv Leventhal. Hagland and Leventhal take a deeper look into what organizations on the leading edge are doing, what all of the recent vendor consolidation in the market means for the industry, and what the future holds.

In his cover story, Hagland writes that this pace of change for imaging informatics, according to industry experts, “means that CIOs, CMIOs, imaging informatics directors, and radiology and other medical specialty leaders, must think more broadly and strategically than ever before about the next few years in healthcare.”

He continues, “Simply replacing an aging legacy PACS (picture archiving and communications system) or RIS (radiology information system) solution no longer makes sense. Instead, all of those interviewed for this article agree, healthcare IT and imaging informatics leaders must skate to where the proverbial puck is headed, and lay plans for an integrated, interoperable, specialty-agnostic, enterprise-wide-plus, imaging informatics future, one in which diagnostic images (from all specialties) will be shared in the same the way that all forms of healthcare data are shared across enterprises and beyond. And they must look to a time when images really are shared across the breadth of the U.S. healthcare system.”

Indeed, it’s a fascinating time for imaging informatics, and it should be even more exciting than ever to see what leaders will be saying the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) annual meeting next week in Chicago. Hagland will be covering the conference for HCI, and at the end of the podcast, he gives a quick preview of things he will be looking out for.

You can listren to all Healthcare Informatics podcasts right here.