Healthcare 3D printing and CRM are what's hot in health IT

As HIMSS16 approaches, new and established technologies such as 3D printing and CRM are making strong headway in health IT, SearchHealthIT reporters say in this HIT Squad podcast.

An upstate N.Y. physician is using healthcare 3D printing to model brain aneurysms that require complex surgery.

Meanwhile, healthcare 3D printing also was hot at the RSNA 2015, the 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, where it was showcased for facial transplant surgery, among other use cases.

While healthcare 3D printing is a relatively new technology, customer relationship management (CRM) software has been around for a couple of decades. Healthcare CRM systems are now also making notable headway in health IT.

Both healthcare CRM and healthcare 3D printing were the main topics in this installment of the HIT Squad podcast series, in which SearchHealthIT reporters Kristen Lee and Shaun Sutner bandy about the health IT stories and trends of the moment.

Healthcare CRM got a big boost recently when CRM giant Salesforce announced its forthcoming Health Cloud patient data aggregation system. Other health IT-specific vendors already have healthcare CRM offerings, Sutner notes in the podcast.

Also in the podcast, Lee talks about her recent profile of physician-medical parodist-rapper Zubin Damania, a.k.a. "ZDoggMD," and his -- often-amusing -- campaign to rattle and overhaul the health IT establishment.

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