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Roundup of Tweets from #RSNA15

Posted on December 2, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.


The number of international people at RSNA 2015 is impressive. It provides a unique mix of perspectives.


Like the rest of health care, radiologists care deeply about patients.


The visualizations at RSNA were really extraordinary.


One thing I discovered about RSNA and radiology is that they have a really strong grip on history. In some cases that’s good, but in other ways it’s damaging to progress.


This ultrasound is an example of how inexpensive and portable imaging and other health data collection has become. It’s incredibly powerful!


Outside of the various visualizations, the 3D printing was one of the most exciting things I saw at the conference. It was all over the place and has really become a reasonable option.

We’re More Alike Than We Are Different – Day 2 at #RSNA15

Posted on December 1, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

As I’ve continued my virgin journey at the massive RSNA (radiology) conference, I continue to be struck by how the challenges radiologists face are so similar to the challenges that are faced around healthcare IT. Here’s a look at some of them I’ve heard so far:

Data Standardization – In the EHR world we’ve been talking about data standardization forever. In the imaging world the challenges are very much the same. There are large and small vendors and the same challenge of trying to get them all on the same page. I do think imaging is a touch further along than the EHR world when it comes to standardization. However, they still have a ways to go too.

Workflow – Creating the right process for capturing and documenting the image is a major challenge. Getting the image to display at the right place and the right time is also a challenge. Sounds a lot like all the other EHR data doesn’t it?

Patient Engagement – This one really surprised me. In fact, some radiologists argue that the patient doesn’t want to interact with the radiologist, but only wants to interact with their referring provider. However, I’ve heard over and over from people about the opportunity for radiologists to really engage the patient. I think it’s a slightly different engagement, but all of healthcare IT is talking patient engagement.

Privacy and Security – The breach is just as strong in imaging as it is in all other health IT.

Smart Use of Data – There’s a feeling that we need new systems to process all the imaging data in a better way and that we should present only the data that’s relevant and necessary to the situation. In other words, exactly what we’re trying to do with the patient’s entire medical record. In fact, I think the smart use of data has to apply across all of a patient’s data from imaging to consumer collected data to EHR data.

Data Trust Issues – We trust radiology data, but as Kim Garriott, Principal Consultant of Healthcare Strategies for Logicalis Healthcare Solutions pointed out to me, the same isn’t true for a lot of other imaging data. There’s still a lot of work to do to ensure that the capture of other data from ultrasounds to scopes is done in a way that other providers can trust that data. Sounds exactly like our discussion around trusting EHR data.

I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the challenges are very much the same even if it sometimes feels like another world. We’re more alike than we are different. It’s just easy to focus on our differences. I think there’s a lot we can learn from each other.

First Impressions of RSNA 2015 (#RSNA15)

Posted on November 30, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

This year will be my first time attending RSNA (see my full schedule of healthcare IT conferences), the massive radiology conference held in Chicago each year. I’d been wanting to check it out for years, but traveling to Chicago right after the Thanksgiving holiday never seemed all that appealing to me. Don’t ask me what convinced me to do it this year. I’m not sure why other than a real desire to experience the show first hand. I’d heard it was massive and would be worth my time. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think.

I’ve already got a schedule that’s nearly as full as HIMSS or MGMA and that’s saying something. I’ll be interested to see how many of them give me the radiology pitch as opposed to the healthcare IT pitch. I think I’ve made myself pretty clear, but we’ll see when we get to the actual meetings. Of course, there’s plenty of healthcare IT that’s worth hearing about. Not to mention amazing innovations around 3D printing and other mobile health technologies. I even saw a virtual reality viewer that I hope I get a chance to check out.

As I’ve prepared for my first trip to RSNA, I’ve been watching the #RSNA15 hashtag on Twitter. It’s been a great way for me to connect with those in the RSNA community. Plus, it’s given me a good overview of what’s likely to be topic of conversations at RSNA. The power of Twitter and hashtags is really amazing to me.

One thing that surprised me on the Twitter stream is how the message to Radiologists is very similar to many of the other healthcare IT events I go to around the country. No, I’m not talking about the #RSNA15 tweetup or the Cannoli Shooters. It seems that radiologists are being encouraged to be more involved in health care. This tweet illustrates an example of this message:

Here’s a good roundup of tweets from the opening RSNA keynotes and day 1 of RSNA 2015:

I look forward to seeing many of you at RSNA and reporting on the event for those of you who can’t make it.