Medical Imaging Talk Blog 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_AkyuzErkan 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.
McKesson Medical Imaging Talk Author Ohad AraziOhad 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.
joebJoseph 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.
Bob BaumgartnerRobert (Bob) Baumgartner is currently director of product marketing for McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions. He received a bachelor of science in nursing from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales as well as a master of business administration with an emphasis in computer information systems from DeSales University. He is responsible for product marketing and sales support for McKesson Cardiology a cardiovascular information solution (CVIS) as well as radiology, document management and laboratory solutions.
David PhillipsDavid Phillips is the Director of Product Management for McKesson Imaging and Workflow Solutions.  He received his master of science in applied science in medicine from the University of Alberta and is currently residing in the Vancouver area.
Allan-Noordvyk (2)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.
Nicole WichleiNicole 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.
Tom CoppaTom 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.
Lisa_GhentLisa Ghent is a Product Marketing Specialist 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.
Grant_DeCecco1Grant 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.
DavidTaltonDavid 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.
Mindy JonesMindy 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.



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