Q&A: RSNA and the Future of Diagnostic Imaging


Woman sits in front of a computer showing the future of Diagnostic ImagingInnovation is at the heart of excellence in patient care, and radiology helps drive new breakthroughs. To help us look to the future of diagnostic imaging and prepare for this year’s RSNA annual meeting, we’ve asked two of our innovative leaders, Erkan Akyuz and Tomer Levy, to share their insights on industry trends and the evolution of medical imaging and patient care.

Q&A with Erkan Akyuz, President of McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions (IWS), and Tomer Levy, senior member of McKesson’s IWS executive team and General Manager of Workflow and Infrastructure: 

Q: What are you most looking forward to at RSNA this year?

Erkan Akyuz: Definitely the people. I most enjoy meeting with our customers and potential customers and learning about the challenges they face and how we can work to together to solve issues that ultimately impact patient care. That, and the amazing Chicago cuisine!

Tomer Levy: Well, I certainly echo Erkan’s comments, but I would also add that I look forward to hearing from other industry experts and what they have to say about the future. This is a very crucial time for medical imaging, and it will be interesting to learn more about how the industry is reacting.

Q: There is an industry push toward integrating clinical and imaging data, so patient information can be efficiently accessed. How does this trend impact a healthcare enterprise as a whole?

Tomer Levy: A large amount of data is collected as part of diagnostic imaging, so it is important to capture this data and integrate it into the patient’s EHR. That’s where interoperability among systems and even facilities becomes crucial. When systems exchange data and interpret shared data in a seamless way, it establishes a single and cohesive workflow for the providers and patients.

Q: What market trends or pressures are driving medical imaging decisions today?

Erkan Akyuz: Our customers are facing more challenges than ever with pressures to reduce costs and enhance care coordination across the continuum – all while struggling with reimbursement changes from value-based payment methodologies. By responding to these financial pressures with enterprise diagnostic imaging solutions that help enable interoperability and data exchange, and by removing the silos of radiology or cardiology information, we can help organizations chart an achievable path toward sustainable success. Healthcare enterprises are also affected by consumerism, and medical imaging decisions must be made in light of increased patient control and involvement.

Q: What is one way McKesson diagnostic imaging solutions are evolving based on an industry shift from a fee-for-service world to value-based care?

Erkan Akyuz: With the shift from volume to value, healthcare systems face higher demands for quality and the need to improve workflow. The flexible, vendor-neutral capabilities we developed in our Conserus™ solution suite, coupled with strong standards and data interoperability, will help our customers and the industry benefit from their best-of-breed IT strategy. McKesson’s enterprise suite of solutions is based on standards, supports Windows networking, storage and computing platforms, and has already been successfully deployed in healthcare organizations.

Tomer Levy: We are dedicated to the continued development of a full set of professional services, in support of our customers’ transition from volume to value. These services help our customers with needs like assessments, analytics, governance, change management, and talent.

Q: Imaging is moving out of the office, with increasing access to medical images possible on devices like smart phones and tablets. How does this ubiquitous access create opportunities to support improved patient care?

Tomer Levy: When you have ubiquitous access to images, it creates tremendous opportunities for collaboration across the continuum of care between imaging specialists and the ordering or referring physicians. It also aids in the effort to achieve an early and accurate diagnosis. Early diagnoses are often delayed by the number of imaging departments within and across facilities, and the inability to view non-DICOM images and image-related documents from a single interface. This leads to providers’ inability to view patient information from a single point of view. By enabling mobile technologies like a zero-footprint viewer, physicians can have timely on-demand access to exam information for quick and efficient follow-up with patients.

To see McKesson’s diagnostic imaging solutions for yourself, visit booth 1135, South Hall at RSNA. Register for a meeting or demo in advance.

You can also talk to a McKesson representative in the IHE/RSNA Image Sharing Demonstration, which will showcase developments in standards-based interoperability that can help enhance the quality, efficiency and safety of care in radiology. Visit the demonstration in booth 1345 (directly across from the McKesson booth) daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday at RSNA.

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