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DAVID WESTGATE

CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT & CEO, CARESTREAM HEALTH, INC.

Years in current role: 4

What has been your organization’s biggest success over the past year?

We delivered solutions to health care facilities that help them reduce the radiation dose required for X-ray imaging without sacrificing image quality. It takes a very high level of experience and scientific knowledge to achieve this critical balance of lowering dose while still producing an image that has enough detail for a physician to make an accurate diagnosis. These advances directly support our goal of improving patient care. Several of the solutions leverage Artificial Intelligence — an area we are investing in aggressively. In fact, Hewlett Packard Enterprise highlighted our use of AI at their recent conference attended by thousands of users.

What are your expectations for the rest of this year?

We will continue to explore the use of AI on three fronts. I already mentioned improving patient care. Second is to make our systems easier to use. We are applying automation and intelligence to the image capture process to help staff get the best possible image the first time, so that patients don’t need to undergo unnecessary exposure for retakes. Automation also reduces some of the heavy workload on staff. The third area is to help health care facilities lower their costs of providing imaging exams. Increasing costs is a top concern for health care facilities and for everyone who needs health care.

What is one personal goal you have for the next year?

Over the next year, I would like to reconnect with our teams all over the world. These last two years have been limiting in the ability to visit our locations, especially internationally. And while technology has done a great job of keeping work flowing, the interactions through a screen just aren’t the same. I look forward to traveling around the U.S. and the world to see our teams in action.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 30 Health Care list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at rbj.net.

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