The Radiological Society of North America's 2015 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting was set to draw a crowd of over 47,000 pre-registered attendees for its Nov. 29 - Dec. 4 meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago. This gathering allows medical imaging professionals to meet and discuss topics like equipment selection, emergency and interventional radiology and molecular imaging while showcasing new products and technologies to improve the field of healthcare.

RSNA innovations
This year's conference proved exciting, as companies and providers presented their latest tools and improved methods. Synapse VNA, the centerpiece of the FUJIFILM Synapse product portfolio, provides a secure, easy-to-use program for healthcare professionals to locate and transfer medical images. 

There was also a lot of talk of the future with artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Using images and big data in these field could provide better ways for physicians to prepare for and understand individual patient anatomy when providing care. Synapse VNA bridges existing systems and images with future documents by storing this information so healthcare professionals can access patient data from various departments and even share the data with other specialists. Making information more accessible, while keeping it safe, will help to further these innovative projects that use AI and virtual reality.

Call for cutting-edge leadership
During the plenary session on Nov. 28, the president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, spoke on the key relevance of leadership in healthcare fields. Kirch noted that medicine is in a transformative era, with more people than ever gaining access to healthcare and the development and use of new incredible medical technologies growing more prevalent. 

"We need to transcend this culture of rugged individualism and figure out how to be much more collaborative," Kirch said, according to the RSNA.

He suggested healthcare providers move away from the hierarchical structure of traditional leadership and instead focus on working across departments to provide the best patient care possible. Synapse VNA technology allows this teamwork and in an efficient, cost-effective manner. Kirch stated the necessity of focusing on connecting with the patient, which can be challenging in an era when healthcare professionals may be tempted to pay more attention to technology than the person in front of them. 

In an address on Nov. 29, Dr. Burton P. Drayer, RSNA 's research and education foundation chair, stressed the importance of radiologists using innovative technology to develop new educational and collaborative efforts. At the TeraMedica Division of FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., we hope to provide some of the tools that help further these efforts with Synapse VNA.

TeraMedica showcases Synapse VNA solution
At RSNA Booth #4165, conference attendees learned about the Synapse VNA solution firsthand. Synapse VNA allows healthcare facilities to manage, distribute and visualize DICOM or non-DICOM images and documents across departments. The Synapse line also includes PACS, 3-D visualization tools, RIS, cardiovascular tools and Mobility, an enterprise viewer. The VNA solution can be integrated with existing servers and stores images and content in their original format. As meaningful use moves into stage 3 in 2016, using technology like Synapse VNA will be imperative for healthcare systems to comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and ensure the secure storage and distribution of EHRs.

FUJIFILM looks forward to returning to the 102nd RSNA gathering next year, where it is sure to offer even more top-of-the-line medical imaging technology and continue as a frontrunner in managing informatics. 

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