Contributors and Past Authors
Since being founded in September of 2009, the Medical Imaging Talk Blog by McKesson has become the industry destination for those seeking the most up to date news, advancements and thought leading insight in medical imaging.
Below, learn more about the minds that actively contribute to this site, on topics ranging from Radiology and Cardiology to Workflow and Vendor Neutral Archives:
|Erkan Akyuz is president of Imaging and Workflow Solutions (IWS) for McKesson Technology Solutions. As president, Akyuz is responsible for reinforcing McKesson’s already strong commitment to its customers by supporting day-to-day customer interactions as well as providing new opportunities that will help McKesson imaging customers meet their goals and continue to be successful. Prior to joining the McKesson IWS team in 2014, he was President and Chief Executive Officer at Vital Images Inc. and Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Agfa Healthcare, a $1.6 billion subsidiary of Agfa, with oversight of the Imaging Informatics business.Akyuz began his career at Mitra Imaging in Waterloo, Ont. He has worked in the healthcare IT profession since 2001 and on the business side of the industry since 2006. Akyuz is an advanced visualization leader whose prior roles have ranged from software development and R&D to imaging informatics and product strategy. Akyuz’s background provides him with good visibility and understanding of the technical, clinical and operational side of the industry and his varied experiences and track record help McKesson to continue to advance its customers’ strategic initiatives.Akyuz holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Turkish Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, France.Follow Erkan on Twitter @ErkanAAkyuz|
|Tomer Levy is a general manager, workflow and infrastructure, at McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions (IWS) and the site leader of McKesson Israel. He is an experienced executive with a combination of leadership, technical and business orientation skills that is combined with vast experience in the medical device industry, and specifically healthcare IT. In his career he has helped design, implement and maintain large and complex medical information systems in highly regulated, multinational environments. Currently, he leads the workflow development core team, which consists of three groups located in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Sarasota, Florida, and Richmond, British Columbia, and chairs the IWS Product Strategy Board.Follow Tomer on Twitter @Levy__Tomer|
|Ohad Arazi is the general manager and vice president of the McKesson Cardiology™ solution suite for McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. He is responsible for driving and executing McKesson’s cardiology product strategy for the growing family of diagnostic imaging solutions used by cardiologists and IT professionals in healthcare organizations, hospitals, imaging centers and clinics. He is passionate about developing solutions that bridge healthcare and information technologies and believes imaging workflows can play a tremendous role in streamlining care and transitioning the industry to a value-based care approach.Follow Ohad on Twitter @ohad_arazi|
|Ashish Sant is the general manager of the McKesson Radiology™ solution suite for McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. Prior to taking on his current business leadership role, Sant has had 20+ years of experience developing and delivering innovative software products and solutions. For the last 16 years, he has played a crucial role in the development of McKesson’s radiology solutions in progressively leading roles in software development, project management and organizational leadership. He started his career with McKesson when he joined ALI Technologies in Vancouver, Canada which was later acquired in 2002 by McKesson. Prior to joining McKesson, he has worked at Covansys, Tata Consultancy Services and Pertech Computers Ltd. in various capacities. Sant received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications from Rani Durgavati University in Jabalpur, India and his Master of Technology in Computer Science from University of Pune in Pune, India.|
|Joseph D. Biegel is vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development (CSBD) for McKesson Technology Solutions. Biegel is responsible for leading the strategy of the Imaging and Workflow Solutions (IWS) business of MTS. Prior to joining the McKesson CSBD team, he was VP of Product Management and Marketing for the IWS business and was responsible for developing product plans and strategies for the growing family of digital diagnostic imaging solutions used by radiologists, cardiologists and IT professionals in healthcare organizations, hospitals, imaging centers and clinics. Biegel joined McKesson in 2004. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in imaging science from the Rochester Institute of Technology and now serves on the academic advisory board of RIT’s Center for Imaging Science. In addition, Joe serves as Board Chairman of Imaging the World.Follow Joe on Twitter @JoeImaging|
|Jordan Lister is Senior Manager of Business Development for the Consulting team with McKesson Imaging & Workflow Solutions (IWS). Jordan is alumnus of the University of British Columbia and has his Executive Scholars designation from Kellogg School of Management. Jordan has 20+ years of experience in consulting and healthcare IT. He has lead a number of large transformational program initiatives with key clients in North America, EU and UK. Jordan brings a creative discipline to help healthcare organizations lower operating costs and successfully plan and execute revenue growth opportunities as it relates to solutions and adoption of health care IT systems. He believes it’s in evaluating and planning the right capabilities of an organization that allows it to be successful in executing on great strategies. When not helping clients, Jordan has a strong passion for leading teams within McKesson or at home with sailing clubs or kid’s soccer.|
Additional McKesson Contributing Authors
|Tom Coppa has many years of experience working on the enterprise IT team at Iowa Health System, now UnityPoint Health, as an infrastructure architect, and was part of a team that led the charge toward an enterprise-wide solution for image data management. Currently, he is the technical consultant with McKesson Enterprise Image Repository.|
|Grant DeCecco is an Engagement Manager at McKesson with 20+ years of experience in Product Management, Program Management and Business Development. Grant has been a key manager and architect of many large enterprise initiatives such as the successful modernization of a provincial health care billing system, and a multi-year business transformation project for a national telecommunications company. His areas of specialization include Business and IT Transformational Assessment, Operational Efficiency, Product and Marketing Strategy.The key to his success to date has been his ability to listen and focus on the big picture. He is a visionary who ensures the organization has a clear vision and creates a plan to allow the company to meet their future vision. He builds, grows, transforms and revitalizes products and go to market strategies. He asks the difficult questions, solves complex problems, and achieves change and revenue growth.|
|Lisa Ghent is a Product Marketing Manager for McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Athabasca, and diploma in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Lisa worked for various Radiology departments in both Canada and the US before coming to McKesson in 2006.|
|Mindy Jones, R.T.(R)(M), BBA, is a Solution Consultant with McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. Jones brings a multitude of industry experience in radiology and cardiology, as well as a strong customer focus having come from the customer side. Jones is a Registered Radiological Technologist specializing in mammography and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a double minor in marketing and finance. Jones has served in all capacities of the radiology department from a multi-modality technologist to the department director. Prior to joining McKesson Jones worked as an industry expert supporting radiology and cardiology focused efforts. Jones has proven her dedication and longevity with nearly 30 years of healthcare experience;10 of those years with McKesson. In her role as a McKesson Solution Consultant Jones has lead the way in new processes and has been a strong clinical voice for product development.|
|Eileen Kaplan, RN, MSN. Cardiology Solution Consultant for McKesson IWS. Previous Cardiac Cath Lab manager and Director of Cardiology. More than 30 years experience in cardiology.|
|Allan Noordvyk currently resides as the Principal Product Strategist for McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. He is an alumnus of the University of Victoria currently living near Vancouver, BC, and has spent the past twenty years conceiving, designing and constructing medical imaging software, from individual specialty workstations to nation-spanning networks.|
|David Talton is the Global Vice President of Sales for Quality and Workflow Solutions. He has been involved in healthcare devices and IT for nearly 30 years including 3D imaging and advanced visualization, CT Angiography, Radiation Therapy Planning and CT Simulation, PACS, RIS, Voice Recognition and Radiology Reporting, and most recently quality and workflow management in healthcare. Dave holds degrees in Computer Engineering and Management from the University of Pennsylvania.|
|Nicole Wichlei is the director of the McKesson QICS™ product line. She has more than 18 years in healthcare IT with a solid base of experience, ranging from system implementation, HL7, IHE, product development, support and operations across both RIS and PACS Platforms (and other systems as well). Her primary focus is to increase awareness of the QICS platform by managing and refining our radiology solution workflow portfolio. She will discover and develop new workflows while solidifying existing workflows and collaborating with customers to ensure satisfaction.|
|Itai Galili, Senior Product Manager for the Conserus Workflow Solutions at McKesson. Itai has over 10 years of experience in product management and Healthcare IT, leading solutions in the Cardiology, Radiology and Enterprise Imaging Workflow domains.|
|Kinson Ho is the author of two IHE Radiology Profiles and is the Co-chair of
the IHE Radiology Technical Committee. He has over 15 years of experience in healthcare informatics and has developed his expertise in projects that include PACS, VNA and XDS as well as regional health integration projects. He also presents regularly at industry conferences such as SIIM and RSNA.
|As CTO & CIO of McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions (IWS), Evgueni Loukipoudis is responsible for the portfolio strategy of the business and for developing
its architectural vision and roadmap. The goal is to ensure consistent
technology, architecture and user experience in all IWS solutions using
common processes, tools and metrics.
|Ran Rumianek is the Executive Director of Clinical Workflow for McKesson.|
|Todd Johnson is the Executive Director of Radiology Product Development for McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering at the University of Iowa and his MBA at the University of Minnesota. Prior to McKesson, Johnson spent 17 years at Vital Images as their Director of Innovation and Strategy. He was an early employee who helped the organization grow into a leader in advanced clinical imaging. He directed product teams and set product and corporate strategy for advanced clinical applications such as Cardiac, Pulmonary and Colon.|
|Warren Edwards is responsible for the delivery of McKesson IWS’ comprehensive enterprise medical imaging product suite across all its international markets, including the UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Warren has held senior management positions at McKesson since 2002, as VP Engineering and most recently as VP, Services and Imaging Operations. He is a proven, strong leader who is focused on customer service excellence at an international level. Additionally, he brings an in-depth understanding of the McKesson imaging product suite and how it can help international customers improve productivity and ultimately deliver better patient care.
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