RSNA 2014 Sessions for Healthcare Leaders


RSNA 2014 Preview

Healthcare leaders who face challenges such as developing strategies to counter reduced managed care payments and responding to new government regulations should periodically take time to step away from ongoing pressures. Taking a break, connecting with peers and learning from other organizations can provide not just a respite but valuable insight into tactics and possible solutions for health systems.

One opportunity for an educational break is RSNA 2014, which starts November 30 in Chicago. There are a number of informative sessions for healthcare leaders, including topics ranging from how to develop your radiology financial insight to strategies for attaining quality improvement in medical imaging.

Reed Dunnick, MD, is 2014 president of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and co-chair of its Centennial Committee. He says that the Centennial observances, such as the Showcase and special supplement to Radiology on the evolution of imaging, manifest that throughout the history of RSNA and of radiology, the Society and the profession have given rise to leaders who have kept the Society and profession strong and innovative.

“With the evolving healthcare landscape, it is crucial that radiologists and other medical imaging practitioners and executives anticipate and adapt to changes in our profession,” says Dunnick.

Topics for Executives Highlighted at RSNA 2014

A number of the topics that will be discussed at RSNA 2014 are of value to healthcare executives. Sessions will include discussions about:

  • Rising costs
  • Quality improvement
  • Value- versus volume-based practice
  • Radiology informatics
  • Evidence synthesis to aid in decision making

“Information technology is critical to healthcare these days, and RSNA has always had a strong program in medical and especially radiology informatics, covering everything from current practice to the latest innovations,” says Dunnick.

Sessions at RSNA 2014 for Radiology Leadership

There will be more than 4,000 educational offerings throughout the week, in addition to a Hospital Administrators Symposium. The following are sessions at RSNA 2014 that leaders in radiology might find particularly interesting, ranging from financial insight to business analytics.

  • The Use of Business Analytics for Improving Radiology Operations, Quality and Clinical Performance. (RCC12 | Sunday Nov. 30 at 2 pm) This course provides an overview of using business analytics (BA) in radiology, including how to leverage informatics tools to improve performance, productivity and quality.
  • Change Management in Radiology. (SPSI21 | Monday Dec. 1 at 8:30 am) This session focuses on how organizational culture affects change implementation and how it can be modified to be more effective at addressing issues.
  • How to Avoid Failure: Qualities of a Successful Leader. (RC322 | Tuesday Dec. 2 at 8:30 am) This leadership track course highlights the traits and skills leaders need and how to overcome common errors.
  • What is Driving Health Care Reform and How it is Changing Your Radiology Practice. (RC532 | Wednesday Dec. 3 at 8:30 am) This course looks at how healthcare reform impacts radiology, the change from fee-for-service to alternative payment mechanisms and possible new practice models and strategies for radiology.

These are just a few of the hundreds of topics that will be discussed – see the entire RSNA 2014 meeting program at

“The RSNA community is a tremendous resource for imaging professionals, enabling them to exchange knowledge and acquire tools to advance the specialty and optimize patient care,” says Dunnick. “I urge all imaging leaders to join us for RSNA 2014 as we celebrate a century of transforming medicine.”

Stop by the McKesson RSNA Booth #7313 located in North Hall to explore solutions that can support your health system’s goals and see a demo.

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