With the annual RSNA meeting fast approaching, we are looking forward to getting together with the radiology community to discuss the issues facing the sector today and the solutions that can help address them.

AI and value
A key topic that we expect to dominate the technology agenda again is artificial intelligence (AI). We need to start looking beyond the hype and ensure that AI applications deliver true clinical value and return on investment. Our CEO, Ben Panter, recently wrote this blog about the value of AI applications in medical imaging, where he suggests that adding clinical value for the referrer unlocks significantly higher value per study than simply improving radiologist efficiency.

We look forward to seeing the progress made over the past year on AI prototypes presented at RSNA 2017. An increasing number now have FDA clearance, with more announcements expected in the run up to the meeting.

In the cloud
We also expect to see a lot of discussion around the use of cloud computing in radiology. The healthcare sector has been slow to adopt the cloud due to data safety concerns, but the technology has matured significantly and the use of cloud software, cloud computing power, and cloud-stored data opens up new technical possibilities as well as unlocking value and potential cost reductions.

New AI applications for image analysis and diagnostic guidance increasingly use the cloud for graphics processing and analysis, offering considerable hardware and operational cost savings. The cloud also makes new software available to the low-volume healthcare sector, where the cost of traditional software and hardware solutions would usually be a barrier to use.

Blackford at RSNA
This year we will be demonstrating several new applications available on the Blackford platform, covering a number of different specialties – stay tuned for more about these.

We’ll also be demonstrating the value of our “curated marketplace” approach to providing applications on our platform that are comprehensively vetted, saving healthcare organizations time and money, reducing the burden on IT resources, and giving radiologists access to a toolbox of imaging applications.

“We understand the challenges faced by radiology organizations and healthcare IT departments in terms of deploying multiple applications at scale,” said Ben Panter, CEO. “We’re looking forward to catching up with many of our US customers and helping them understand which new clinical applications can help accelerate their practice and drive clinical value.”

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