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 7 -- Economics
September 21, 2020 -- In part 7 of his Practical Considerations of AI series, consultant Michael J. Cannavo analyzes the impact of the recent decision by the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services to provide reimbursement for Viz.ai's AI stroke detection software and explains why better AI market education is needed.  Discuss
20 ways to prepare for the 'new normal' in radiology
May 7, 2020 -- We are living in what will soon be known as the "new normal." With this new normal comes changes that we have to either accept and adapt to or face the consequences -- especially in radiology. Mike Cannavo, the PACSman, offers 20 ways to get ready.  Discuss
How can digital imaging help in the coronavirus crisis?
April 3, 2020 -- Could digital technologies like PACS and enterprise imaging help healthcare professionals manage viral outbreaks like COVID-19? Industry consultant Michael J. Cannavo offers some suggestions on building a national clearinghouse for COVID-19 patient data.  Discuss
Shared systems enable digital pathology deployments: Part 2
February 21, 2020 -- In the second part of this series, IT consultant Michael J. Cannavo reviews the advantages of digital pathology systems and provides advice on what to look for in a vendor.  Discuss
Shared systems enable digital pathology deployments: Part 1
February 20, 2020 -- Getting the go-ahead for a digital pathology system is a challenge due to cost. But leveraging shared imaging infrastructures improves the financial picture, writes IT consultant Michael J. Cannavo.  Discuss
The 2019 PACSman Awards: All about AI
December 5, 2019 -- CHICAGO - RSNA 2019 was all about artificial intelligence (AI) -- now if only we could make heads or tails of it, writes Michael J. Cannavo, aka the PACSman. He offers his take on this year's meeting and doles out his annual PACSman Awards.  Discuss
RSNA's AI Showcase provides a deep experience
December 3, 2019 -- CHICAGO - Few technologies have shown growth as rapid as that of artificial intelligence (AI). Sadly, few have also shown such initially slow adoption either, despite the great promise it holds. The PACSman, Michael J. Cannavo, reports back after reviewing the AI landscape at RSNA 2019.  Discuss
Practical Considerations of AI: Part 6 -- Ready, fire, aim
November 20, 2019 -- In part 6 of his Practical Considerations of AI series, PACSman Michael J. Cannavo shares his thoughts on why the market for radiology artificial intelligence technology has been slow to develop and what companies can do to stand out from the crowd.  Discuss
Practical Considerations of AI: Part 5 -- Reality check
July 25, 2019 -- In part 5 of his Practical Considerations of AI series, PACSman Michael J. Cannavo offers a reality check on the current state of the market for radiology artificial intelligence (AI) technology and shares his thoughts on how vendors can stand out in the crowded marketplace.  Discuss
How to fix an underperforming or 'broken' PACS
July 17, 2019 -- Breakups between PACS customers and their vendors can be messy and are often best avoided. In this column, PACSman Michael J. Cannavo offers tips on how healthcare institutions can ensure their PACS performs the way they need -- without having to end the relationship with their PACS provider.  Discuss