Michael Cannavo

Michael J. Cannavo is known industry-wide as the PACSman. After several decades as an independent PACS consultant, he worked as both a strategic accounts manager and solutions architect with two major PACS vendors. He has now made it back safely from the dark side and is sharing his observations on AuntMinnie.com.

His healthcare consulting services for end users include PACS optimization services, system upgrade and proposal reviews, contract reviews, and other areas. The PACSman is also working with imaging and IT vendors developing market-focused messaging as well as sales training programs. He can be reached at pacsman@ix.netcom.com or by phone at 407-359-0191.

Articles by this author
Practical considerations of AI: Part 1 -- Paying for AI
March 13, 2019 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) has generated much excitement and hype in radiology, but there are crucial real-world issues that will affect adoption of the technology. In the first of a new series of articles, consultant Michael J. Cannavo -- the PACSman -- delves into the all-important money matters.  Discuss
PACS at HIMSS: Changes in attitudes, changes in latitudes
February 22, 2019 -- Why would anyone in radiology go to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting to look at PACS? Well, you really don't need to, but since you're already there, you might as well take a peek. Our intrepid contributor Michael J. Cannavo -- the PACSman -- visited HIMSS 2019 in Orlando, FL, and filed this report.  Discuss
The 2018 PACSman Awards: I'm on fire!
November 29, 2018 -- CHICAGO - It wouldn't be RSNA without the PACSman Awards from the one and only PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo. In the 2018 edition of the awards, Mike takes aim at the marketing triumphs and tragedies found on the exhibit floor of RSNA 2018.  Discuss
The PACSman eyes the AI revolution
November 28, 2018 -- CHICAGO - The revolution in artificial intelligence (AI) is here, with even more AI technology on display at RSNA 2018 than at last year's meeting. But there's plenty of hype around AI in the halls of McCormick Place -- and that hasn't escaped the critical eye of Michael J. Cannavo, aka the PACSman.  Discuss
Straight Talk From the PACSman: Here for the funeral?
July 18, 2018 -- Few would debate that vendor-neutral archives and enterprise viewers are a much larger part of today's landscape than they were five years ago; however, more traditional PACS are still very much alive and kicking -- though undoubtedly older and with a few more gray hairs, says PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo in his latest article.  Discuss
Straight Talk From the PACSman: The FUD factor with AI
March 29, 2018 -- There's no doubt that research and commercial activity is surging for artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology applications: AuntMinnie.com published more than 175 articles on AI news alone in the past year. The fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) factor remains a big hurdle to clear, however, explains PACS consultant Michael J. Cannavo.  Discuss
The 2017 PACSman Awards: Old MacDonald had a farm -- AI, AI, oh
November 30, 2017 -- CHICAGO - Anywhere you saw a crowd of people at this year's RSNA meeting, you knew there was a demo or presentation on artificial intelligence (AI), says Michael J. Cannavo, aka the PACSman. He offers his take on the meeting and some of the hits and misses in his ever-popular PACSman Awards.  Discuss
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