News | May 28, 2010

Five Hottest Topics in Imaging IT on the Table at SIIM

At SIIM 2010, the five hottest topics in imaging IT are on the table for discussion.

May 28, 2010 - The five hottest topics in medical imaging informatics are on the table for discussion in a “Year in Review,” the prelude to the Opening General Session on Thursday, June 3, at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2010 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

These five hot topics include:
1. Politics and business intelligence;
2. Advanced image visualization, quantitation and morphometric measurement of normal and abnormal structures;
3. Cloud storage and cloud architectures;
4. Advances in digital radiography (DR); and
5. Advancements in the demands and tools for communication and critical results.

This fast-paced and dynamic introduction to the SIIM 2010 Annual Meeting will provide quick synopses of the most relevant topics in imaging by top experts in the field. These overviews will serve as an appetizer for the menu of lectures, roundtables and scientific presentations available to attendees during the four days of the meeting.

The Opening General Session continues with a live workflow demonstration of the tools and strategies for using dashboards and business analytics for practice improvement. The session will be a demonstration of the suboptimal current state of affairs in medical imaging, followed by a wish-list discussion of optimum approaches.

The opening session will be followed by live demonstrations by two institutions, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, on how they use business analytics and dashboards to improve quality, safety and efficiency in their radiology departments and medical imaging throughout the health care enterprise. The opening session demonstration is supplemented by an educational session in the Business Analytics learning track that provides more detailed information on how to implement these tools at both large and small sites.

The annual Dwyer Lectureship features a SIIM Fellow as the presenter of a particularly relevant and insightful topic. This year Paul J. Chang, M.D., FSIIM, vice chairman of radiology informatics and medical director of pathology informatics at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine will present the 2010 Dwyer lecture, “The Role of Imaging Informatics in the Next Generation of EMR/EHR.” Chang looks at the current transition underway to the modern electronic medical record (EMR), which mirrors in many ways the experiences in developing picture archive and communication systems (PACS). “The future of the EMR will be modeled more like PACS – utilizing intelligent agents that optimize workflow. The value add is in the workflow – that’s a space that we in imaging informatics have always lived in. We can serve as the living model for what they need to do with the EMR in the future,” Chang said.

The Closing General Session takes the meeting theme "Value Innovation through Imaging Informatics" and picks up where last year’s intense and engaging closing session, “The Flattened World as the New Enterprise,” left off. The debate and discussion at that session encompassed the commoditization of radiology, looking at pros and cons. This year’s closing session will focus on how to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack in this new world order.

The SIIM 2010 Press Conference, scheduled for Thursday, June 3, at 9:45 am, will bring together a panel of meeting speakers to discuss the “Year in Review” and to preview the annual meeting’s “integrated learning” focus, the launch of a new SIIM TRIP research project, and SIIM’s participation in the Image Gently Alliance and IHE to address solutions for radiation exposure monitoring.

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