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.

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The 2021 PACSman Awards: The Jack in the Box show
December 3, 2021 -- Although RSNA 2021 was a lot different than in years past, in some ways it was the best RSNA ever, according to imaging consultant Michael J. Cannavo. In this column, Cannavo shares his observations and doles out his annual PACSman Awards.  Discuss
How to shop for AI, enterprise imaging, and more at RSNA 2021
November 24, 2021 -- Imaging consultant Michael J. Cannavo shares his tips for how to shop for artificial intelligence (AI) software, PACS, enterprise imaging, and more at RSNA 2021.  Discuss
Can radiology AI win with a bad hand?
June 21, 2021 -- In a hypothetical poker game, radiology artificial intelligence (AI) would be considered an underdog as it faces challenges related to reimbursement and proving its efficacy. Imaging consultant Michael J. Cannavo shares how the technology can still be a winner.  Discuss
Can radiology AI save itself?
February 26, 2021 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) has struggled to gain a foothold in radiology over the past five years or so, achieving fairly limited success. Can radiology AI save itself? Imaging consultant Michael J. Cannavo examines this question.  Discuss
The 2020 PACSman Awards: Is that all there is?
December 3, 2020 -- What were the hot topics in artificial intelligence and enterprise imaging at RSNA 2020? The PACSman, aka Mike Cannavo, offers his thoughts, as well as the eagerly awaited PACSman Awards for excellence in sales and marketing at this year's virtual conference.  Discuss
How to work the virtual RSNA conference
November 13, 2020 -- Do you have a plan for RSNA 2020, now that it's virtual? It's going to be much different from past editions of radiology's showcase conference. Fortunately, the PACSman -- Michael J. Cannavo -- offers some tips on navigating the virtual meeting.  Discuss
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