#RSNA15: Simplification – the key to innovation

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has more than 54,000 members from 139 countries, making the RSNA Annual Meeting an incredibly large show with an amazingly diverse audience. Held in Chicago since 1985, the city welcomes the most innovative minds, technologists and equipment in medical imaging. With more than 444 educational sessions, innovation was everywhere. However, there was an underlying theme that seemed to permeate the show: simplicity.

As a disclaimer, I did not attend all 444 educational sessions. But I heard from many attendees, including presenters, members, exhibitors and journalists, that innovation is crucial to the success of the industry but so is simplicity. Healthcare is growing more complex every day but complexity is not fixed with more complexity. We need to simplify how healthcare is delivered and empower our clinicians to provide the best possible care.

Our clinicians need to focus on what they do best. It’s our job as software vendors, IT managers and innovators to better support clinicians in providing excellent care to their patients. Healthcare providers have made enormous investments in technology to improve patient care and productivity. But have they achieved their goal?

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