Q & A with Erkan Akyuz, President of McKesson Technology Solutions’ Imaging & Workflow Solutions

Erkan Akyuz Q&A

Editor’s Note: In May 2014, Erkan Akyuz joined McKesson Technology Solutions as president of Imaging and Workflow Solutions (IWS). In his role as president, Akyuz interacts with customers on a daily basis and provides new opportunities for customers to learn about enterprise medical imaging technologies and achieve their healthcare IT objectives.

This article was originally published by Claudette Lew on Health IT Executive Forum and is republished here with permission.



  1. You began your journey in health IT at Mitra in Waterloo, Canada. How will your technical and engineering background influence your leadership of McKesson’s Imaging & Workflow Solutions?

3 Reasons Radiologists Can’t Ignore Twitter Any Longer


Radiologists are being called upon to take a more visible, active role in healthcare. From speaking more frequently with patients to following the Imaging 3.0 initiative, radiologists are calling attention to the work they do and its value to patients.

One way for radiologists to increase their visibility and communicate value is by utilizing social media, with Twitter as a top platform. Twitter has more than 645 million users, with 58 million tweets generated each day. Radiologists can use Twitter to follow medical imaging literature, connect with patients and interact with some of the world’s top radiologists.


Let’s Play Ball! Radiologists Joining Multidisciplinary Teams

Some days, Teamwork in Healthcare Remains Vital For Radiologists radiologists might feel like they’re on their own. Like an athlete training during the off-season, they’re working out to prepare for the season’s start—doing sprints, lifting weights and stretching. But just as an athlete could feel distanced from their team during these off-season workouts, in their day-to-day work, a radiologist might also feel siloed from the rest of the healthcare organization. In a typical day, a radiologist’s varied tasks may not necessarily include other members of the healthcare team; for instance, radiologists review images sent over from the emergency department, analyze the dozens of mammograms waiting in the PACS radiology queue, teach residents, and conduct peer review processes.


How to Mine Valuable Medical Imaging Data for Useful Analysis

Medical Imaging Data that Can Be Mined For Value From the Medical Imaging Talk Blog

By 2010, healthcare facilities around the world had conducted 5 billion medical imaging studies, with many imaging departments compiling tens of thousands of images each year. Healthcare leaders might feel like miners hard at work to seek nuggets of value amidst all of this medical imaging data. Certain data you inspect can help you find gems that are useful for improving efficiency.


Don’t be Blindsided by New CMS CT Radiation Minimization Rules

CT Radiation Minimization Rules from CMS called NEMA-XR-29-2013 May Impact Your Budget from the Medical Imaging Talk Blog.This post will be of particular interest if you are an imaging professional at a US hospital or imaging center that performs CT scans on Medicare or Medicaid patients – even more so if you manage the equipment budget.

Having addressed all the new state regulations and Joint Commission recommendations on CT radiation exposure tracking and minimization, you may think that you are on top of things. But there is another impending item by the name of NEMA-XR-29-2013 that you may need to factor into your plans.

Depending on an institution’s exact situation, NEMA-XR-29-2013 could either be a pebble or a boulder, financially speaking.



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