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My predictions for healthcare in 2019

por Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | December 19, 2018
My RSNA Breakfast Predictions
Each year at RSNA, HealthCare Business News invites our PR contacts, marketing contacts and a few advertisers to join us at the Hyatt adjacent to McCormick Place for a breakfast buffet.

The event is our little way of saying thank you to some of the people who help make our news a success year-round.

This year was no different and, as always, I shared my industry predictions for the coming year.

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Here are the things I expect we will be talking about in 2019. Each item also links to a story we wrote that addresses the trend:

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - AI is poised to transform radiology in unimaginable ways. We have been covering this all year in our news and as machine learning solutions get FDA approval and enter the clinical space, we expect to be covering it even more.

THE RACE TO HIGH FIELD MR IS OVER - Throughput and image quality are becoming more important than field strength when it comes to MR. Software, including iterative reconstruction and emerging AI tools, are letting MR do more with lower strength magnets.

BREAST DENSITY AWARENESS WILL GROW - Dr. Nancy Cappello, a great advocate for patient rights and breast density awareness, passed away a few weeks before RSNA. Thanks to her work, most states have some kind of breast density notification law in place. By this time next year, virtually all of them will.

HYBRID SYSTEMS FOR BETTER OUTCOMES - Combining linear accelerators with imaging to ensure dose optimization and the sparing of healthy tissue is going to become more prevalent. Emerging technology such as MR-linac and PET-linac are poised to change the way we think about radiotherapy.

TECH GIANTS AT THE DOOR - This was Google Cloud's second year at RSNA. Facebook is working with NYU to speed up MR. IBM is at the forefront of AI in healthcare and Amazon is testing the waters in a variety of healthcare markets. Nobody loves disrupting markets like the Goliaths of the tech world.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.

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