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RSNA 2015 drew international crowds, new imaging tech

RSNA 2015, the biggest North American healthcare tech conference, featured an international crowd and medical imaging innovation. Meanwhile, the ICD-10 transition has been smooth.

Its official name is the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and its 101st Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting this year in Chicago was dubbed RSNA 2015.

But the group RSNA is much more than just a North American organization, and its famously well-attended conference -- typically drawing about 60,000, making it the largest healthcare tech event on this continent -- goes well beyond radiology.

In this HIT Squad podcast, SearchHealthIT news and features writer Shaun Sutner talked about his experience covering the show Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.

Interviewed by fellow HIT Squad member Kristen Lee, SearchHealthIT news writer, Sutner described the vast international reach of the organization and the show, and how radiology was not the only medical specialty represented at RSNA 2015.

Indeed, RSNA's 54,000 members represent 136 countries. And with other "ologies," ranging from cardiology and oncology to dermatology and ophthalmology, this year also got plenty of "airplay" as Rasu Shrestha, M.D., chief innovation officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and chairman of the radiology informatics subcommittee of the show's scientific program, put it.

Also on the podcast, Lee talked about her recent ICD-10 transition story and how two expert sources led her to report that the Oct. 1, 2015, changeover to the exponentially more complex medical coding system was "not catastrophic."

Lee also reported that HIPAA privacy and security for protected health information (PHI) definitively includes cloud storage of PHI as long as it is fully encrypted and subject to effective other controls and security audits as required by HIPAA.

"The notion that HIPAA doesn't include the cloud is completely false," one of Lee's sources told her.

On a lighter side, Lee, an accomplished videographer, asked Sutner how he liked the new lightweight, portable tripod he used at RSNA to record video footage.

Sutner's reply: he liked it a lot.

But let SearchHealthIT's viewers and readers decide for themselves when Sutner's RSNA 2015 video airs soon on SearchHealthIT.

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