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Friday, 11 December 2015 10:49
RSNA 2015 Musings - Healthcare Informatics (blog)

Well, the dust has settled on yet another Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting and exhibits.  Everyone has their opinion on what was the key buzz from the show, and mine is focused on enterprise imaging.  In what was one of the mildest weather seasons, the show was anything by mild!  Here is my take on some of the “hot” buttons from RSNA 2015.

Streaming technology is the wave of the future: The last several years have seen the growth of the so-called “zero footprint viewer” as a means of image accessibility in a mobile environment.  Now similar technology is gaining popularity for mainstream diagnostic interpretation.  Visage Imaging (http://www.visageimaging.com/[1]) has long been the champion of streaming technology for diagnostic purposes.  Visage continues to gain market on the basis of the “deconstruction” of PACS (Picture Archive and Communications Systems).  The argument goes that you don’t have to throw away the entire PACS, or you don’t have to acquire everything from a single vendor.  For example, if one implements a VNA (Vendor Neutral Archive), the addition of a server-sided rendering solution such as Visage can augment the need to acquire a complete PACS solution.

Now other companies are adopting similar technology.  Viztek (http://www.visageimaging.com/[2]), now a part of Konica Minolta (http://www.konicaminolta.com/healthcare/[3]) has adopted similar technology, as has Fujifilm Medical Systems (http://www.fujifilm.com/products/medical/[4]).  Fujifilm is perhaps the most interesting, as it has long been a mainstream PACS vendor employing unique technology as part of their Synapse product line to enhance the performance of image access.

This wave of technology is reminiscent of what has happened in the video entertainment industry.  How many people bother with renting or purchasing DVD’s in an age of Amazon Fire TV or Roku?  Anyone remember Blockbuster Video?! The convenience of having thousands of alternatives at one’s fingertips, versus the hassle of securing a singular DVD has revolutionized entertainment.  The same may likely be the case for digital image access and interpretation through streaming technology.

Image Sharing is changing the way we access images: A couple big-name entrants in the image sharing field continue to evolve how we access images.  LifeIMAGE (http://www.lifeimage.com/[5]) and Nuance (http://www.nuance.com/products/powershare-medical-image-sharing/index.htm[6]) continue to provide alternatives to transferring images via CD, but they are also expanding into new applications, such as LifeIMAGE’s portal capability to enhance image access.  From personal experience, I wish this technology had been widespread several years ago when I was out of town and needed access to my images for a medical condition. 

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