SIIM 2008: Where Imaging, Informatics & Ingenuity Meet

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When the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meets for its annual symposia in Seattle this month (May 15-18), the hot topics will be everything PACS—imaging center workflow and IT infrastructure, working with ‘ologies outside of radiology, operational policies and procedures, RIS and PACS replacement strategies, disaster recovery planning, communicating test results and IHE vs. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The educational sessions offer practical examples and demonstrations for the beginner and expert, combined with the latest research and science in imaging informatics.

This year, the meeting has added student scientific travel awards and incorporated hands-on learning labs that give attendees the chance to get up-close-and-personal with some of the latest technologies and research.

In the opening session on May 15th, Ronald L. Arenson, MD, will address how, historically, centralized health information systems served central functions like billing and admissions well, but fell far short on departmental clinical functions. He will focus on how radiology has traditionally been a leader in informatics and should continue to lead the effort for distributed, but integrated, systems.

The rest of the program features several sessions that focus on enterprise imaging, including a SIIM University session on enterprise integration strategies and a Hot Topic session drawing similarities and contrasts between image management issues inside and outside of radiology. The program also includes SIIM University, hot topic sessions, 10 scientific sessions and a poster and demonstration session (see those live on May 16th from 3:30-5 p.m.), learning labs, “In the Crossfire” debates, and an open-source plug fest. 

At the closing session on May 18th, Drs. Eliot Siegel and Khan Siddiqui are convening a panel of experts, including corporate and imaging informatics luminaries, to tackle the most topical and controversial questions about PACS and imaging informatics. For more information, visit

AFC Industries (Booth 400) is introducing its Pneumatic Lift Wall Mount, a radiology workstation engineered for confined areas, and a next-generation, single-tier, height-adjustable cart, ErgoTier. The ergonomic mount has a gas-spring, height-adjustable mechanism for use while sitting or standing. ErgoTier also has a new flat-panel monitor platform.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth 616) is showcasing the latest iteration of its Impax PACS product; its multi-application CR 30-X, a desktop model CR solution designed for installation, use and maintenance; the Impax RIS and Impax Data Center; and iPlan, a web-based enterprise scheduling solution.

The CR 30-X provides smaller x-ray facilities with an analog-to-digital solution. Impax PACS has been redesigned with a clinical information page, including access to clinical data during the image review, embedded reporting tools, and a context-driven URL-based query model for information searches. Impax RIS uses a persona-based workflow and Impax Data Center is a vendor-neutral enterprise archive, adhering to the IHE framework.

AMICAS (Booth 339) is demonstrating the capabilities of its Vision Series PACS Version 5.5, Vision Reach 2.0 and RadStream workflow solution. Version 5.5 introduces role-based workflow management, including extended Vision Watch reporting capabilities and new high-availability options. Vision Reach 2.0 includes follow-up order entry and automatic report completion notification.  The company also is showing its RadStream solution for the automation and documentation of communicating and the prioritizing exam results.

Amirsys (Booth 129) is exhibiting its STATdx diagnostic decision support with PACS Integration Partners. PACS/RIS integrated STATdx provides new features, including Live Reference and Compare Anywhere, and provides institution-wide access with a one-click login.

Anthro Corporation (Booth 603) is presenting eNook Pro, a wall-mounted, lockable workstation for LCDs and laptops. The eNook Pro needs only 36 inches of wall space. The workstation comes in two sizes with a bottom compartment and separate door to store power strips and cords.

Atirix Medical Systems (Booth 112) is demonstrating its MQSA WorkBench, a subset of the Mammography Operational Management system, which enables integrated facilities to log, track and report exams per Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) requirements, to automatically generate audit-ready