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Rasu Shrestha, M.D., on radiology trends at RSNA 2014

This is the first half of a two-part video interview with Rasu Shrestha, M.D., filmed at RSNA 2014. The second part can be seen here.

CHICAGO -- In the world of radiology IT, and in the larger universe of health IT itself, Rasu Shrestha, M.D., is a luminary, a thinker and visionary who also moves easily in the fluid social media community that links smart people doing the coolest things with technology and information to care for patients' health.

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As such, Shrestha's title is appropriate. He is the chief innovation officer at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the country's biggest, most influential healthcare systems.

SearchHealthIT caught up with Shrestha at the huge RSNA 2014 show, where Shrestha plays a leading role as chairman of the radiology informatics committee of the show's scientific program, screening academic papers, moderating panel discussions, and networking with other health IT leaders in the radiology world.

In this video, Shrestha talks about how mobility is advancing rapidly in radiology, giving doctors on-the-go access to medical images and patients the ability to more quickly communicate with their caregivers. Shrestha pegged mobility as one of the top five trending topics at RSNA 2014 -- the centennial edition of the show. He also goes into why physicians shouldn't yet be relying on mobile devices to make diagnoses and other critical care decisions.

Clinicians -- when interacting with health records, picture archiving communication systems (PACS) and lab information systems -- primarily use devices that run on Windows. Outside of the clinical setting, Shrestha notes, UPMC supports employees' use of Microsoft Surface tablets and other mobile devices running both Windows and iOS operating systems.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Shaun Sutner, news and features writer or contact @SSutner on Twitter.

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