RSNA: A family reunion with cool technology

The annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) begins Thanksgiving weekend, and I’ll be attending for the 37th consecutive year. Even after all this time, it’s still a major highlight of my year.

Besides the chance to talk about all the cool new technology, it’s a family reunion for me. I am godfather to a couple of my customers’ kids, and I’ve known other colleagues and customers for more than three decades, so the people of RSNA are part of my extended family. While my knuckles may be sore by the end of the week from shaking 600 or 700 hands, my heart and my brain will be refreshed.

This year will be even more special, because a product I helped foster, the Dell Unified Clinical Archive, just earned an outstanding recognition from KLAS. Dell achieved the highest overall performance rating among vendor-neutral archive companies in a recent KLAS study. That comes on the heels of the 2012 Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year award, which noted that “Dell's ability to manage a wide variety of imaging data through its Unified Clinical Archive (UCA) solution remains unmatched in the industry.”

It’s kind of like going to the family reunion after your oldest kid just graduated from college summa *** laude. It doesn’t get any better than this.

The KLAS award, however, is not just based on the quality of our UCA solution. It’s based on Dell’s ability to deliver an end-to-end VNA solution. We remain the only vendor in the market that can deliver all four phases of the VNA process, end-to-end:

  1. Consultation to assess and design the best system for a particular institution
  2. Hardware delivery
  3. Software delivery
  4. Implementation and maintenance of the solution

Dell also has partnered with numerous vendors in the VNA market because we want to be able to offer customers the specific solution that works best for them. While we love to implement our own VNA product, our partners’ software products have unique features that fit certain situations, and we’ll gladly recommend and implement their products if that is what the customer needs. The work we are doing with lifeIMAGE for Aspen Valley Hospital is a perfect example of that.

The Dell Cloud Clinical Archive continues to grow, with the ticker showing more than 6.6 billion images currently under management. I could go on at length about all the benefits of UCA, but I’d much rather show you and there will be lots of opportunity to do so at RSNA. On Tuesday, at 3:45 p.m. in Hall A, booth 3314, we’ll present “Cloud as a Platform for Collaboration in the Era of Accountable Imaging” in a joint session with lifeIMAGE. Or come visit the Dell booth #3159, also in Hall A, where you can register to win a Dell Latitude tablet (we’re giving one away each day) and learn all about our medical archiving solutions. To find out more about UCA and our plans for RSNA, visit the Dell RSNA event page where you’ll also find links to some of our customer videos and case studies.  I hope to shake your hand in Chicago!

About the Author: Dan Trott