Forging Our Path to the Future of Healthcare

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By Jacqui Rose, CRA

October 2012—Wow, another great Annual Meeting this year! Kudos to the design team, great job once again.

The week was packed with education on the direction some speculate healthcare is headed, but few of us truly know. Since the Affordable Care Act was passed, our future seems quite foggy. It can be frustrating living in a world of ambiguity with change happening at an unimaginable pace. I don’t believe we’ve seen change at this pace in our lifetimes.  Many ideas were presented at the conference, from the application of tomosynthesis to the concept of imaging services within Wal-Mart.

It was refreshing to see that although we don’t know what the future will be, we will be ready to provide the best possible care to our patients. As I’ve said on many occasions, imaging administrators are well positioned with a solid background in finance, communications and information management, human resources, asset management, and operations management to successfully navigate the unknown and land in a great place! AHRA provides a strong foundation of support for this tremendous field. From education to networking, there is nothing an imaging administrator can’t accomplish with the support of AHRA and a membership of 5000 strong!

In Orlando, we also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the CRA credential: 10 years strong! Congratulations to the inaugural class who ventured into the unknown and forged the way for so many of us to follow. It’s just another example of the strength of our industry. Many CRAs have led the way and encouraged their peers to join the ranks of certified professionals who validate their knowledge in the areas of finance, communications and information management, human resources, asset management, and operations management.

I have no doubt that as radiology administrators help shape the future of healthcare, we will do so by leading and influencing tomorrow’s leaders to do the same. In 2013, let’s celebrate another goal:  1000 CRAs strong! Encourage your colleagues to register to take the exam today.

Jacqui Rose, CRA is the administrative director of imaging services at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, OH. She can be reached at

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