Mr. Michael Cannavo

Michael J. Cannavo is known industry-wide as the PACSman. After several decades as an independent PACS consultant, he spent two years working as a strategic accounts manager with a major PACS vendor. He has now made it back safely from the dark side and is sharing his observations in this Straight Talk From the PACSman series.

His healthcare consulting services for end users include PACS optimization services, system upgrade and proposal reviews, service contract reviews, and other areas. The PACSman is also working with imaging and IT vendors developing both global and trade show-specific marketing programs using market-focused messaging. He can be reached at or by phone at 407-359-0191.

Articles by this author
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Hurricane PACS
October 2, 2017 -- If you've ever been through a real hurricane, you realize that preparation is key. Writing from central Florida, PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo has had plenty of time to reflect on this fact, coming to the realization that PACS and hurricanes aren't so different after all.  Discuss
Straight Talk From the PACSman: A PACS-centric RSNA?
October 21, 2016 -- It's time to change how PACS is shown at the annual RSNA meeting in Chicago, according to PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo, aka the PACSman. Vendors and prospective purchasers alike would benefit greatly from an exhibit hall dedicated just to PACS and related imaging informatics technologies.  Discuss
More than blind faith: A guide for CIOs at HIMSS 2016
March 1, 2016 -- What does a rock supergroup from the 1960s have to do with this week's meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)? In this article, the one and only PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo, connects the dots -- and also shares 10 quick tips for CIOs attending HIMSS 2016 in Las Vegas.  Discuss
CIOs must work magic when dealing with enterprise PACS
February 5, 2016 -- CIOs don't have to be miracle workers to master enterprise PACS for their institutions, but being able to work a little magic might help. In this article, Michael J. Cannavo, aka the PACSman, offers his advice to CIOs who are bringing PACS into their overall healthcare IT strategy.  Discuss
The 2015 PACSman Awards: A three dog RSNA
December 3, 2015 -- CHICAGO - What was hot and what was not in PACS at this year's RSNA 2015 meeting? The inimitable PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo, offers his opinions in the 2015 edition of the PACSman Awards.  Discuss
Straight Talk From the PACSman: PACS and proverbs
November 19, 2015 -- Is it ever OK for salespeople to withhold information that could make a difference in meeting customers' needs? Is it the vendor's responsibility to ask all the right questions, or the end user's? PACSman Michael J. Cannavo ponders these questions and more in his latest article.  Discuss
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Is PACS dead?
August 18, 2015 -- Is PACS dead? That controversial -- and somewhat loaded -- question has popped up several times this year. In a new column, the PACSman -- PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo -- discusses why he believes that rumors of PACS' demise are premature.  Discuss
The PACSman at HIMSS 2015: Getting a buzz from buzzwords
April 23, 2015 -- The PACSman, aka Michael J. Cannavo, gives his take on this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
Straight Talk From the PACSman: The American Way
February 4, 2015 -- I grew up in the Superman era -- mostly watching reruns, but I couldn't wait to see the latest adventures of Superman each week. I always wanted to be like Clark Kent, the "mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper," so I could fight the never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American Way.  Discuss
The 2014 PACSman Awards: In the dark, it's all the same
December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo is back with his annual PACSman awards, which take a light-hearted look at what the many vendors had to offer at this week's RSNA 2014 show.  Discuss