2018 predictions shared at our RSNA Press Briefing

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | November 29, 2017

6. BREAST DENSITY LEGISLATION - Last I checked there were 31 states requiring facilities to notify women if they had dense breast tissue after a mammography exam. That number is only going to go up, and so will the sophistication of secondary breast imaging solutions like automated breast ultrasound and tomosynthesis.

7. A BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO HEALTHCARE - After a handful of failures by a Republican Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in 2017, I am optimistic that we will see a renewed bipartisan effort to improve healthcare in this country in 2018 - meaning our elected officials will actually rise above party lines and work together for the betterment of our country like they are supposed to.

When legislation appears that will have a direct impact on the medical imaging community, we will be leading the way in determining what it will mean to you and your business.

8. SOFTWARE FOCUS INTENSIFIES - If you look around the exhibit floor at RSNA -- whether it be a leading OEM or a new business with a novel solution -- there is one thing all these imaging companies increasingly have in common: a focus on processing capabilities over image acquisition capabilities.

In 2018 we're going to hear less about how the picture is taken and more about what can be done with software to enhance the value of the picture. We will also be following which companies capitalize on this trend and which ones do not.

9. RADIOLOGISTS EVOLVE - The software focus and the focus on AI mean that radiologists are feeling a squeeze. How will this impact what they earn? I think we're going to see their role changing in the health system, and they will be moving out of their workstations and interfacing more with patients.

10. (EVEN MORE) CONSOLIDATION - Every year we witness increased consolidation across the industry. From service companies to manufacturers to hospitals -- industry stakeholders have made it clear that there is strength in numbers. Although the impact on patients and consumers are not always clear, I think this consolidation is destined to continue well into next year.

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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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