PACS 2006 sees rise in attendees, many looking for new or different PACS vendors

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Attendance at PACS 2006 in San Antonio in mid-March was the highest it’s been so far, with a diverse collection of professionals representing different career plans and from a range of locations, including 41 states and about nine different countries. In all, the conference had 401 attendees in addition to 58 exhibitors using tabletop workstations. The goal is to learn about the challenges and advantages of digital information and managements systems.
    
“Of the attendees who reported their specialties and were not vendors, 55 percent were in radiology, 22 percent in information technology, 7 percent in cardiology, 2 percent in pathology and 15 percent stated their specialties as other,” said Edward M. Smith, conference director.
   
According to Smith, attendees were asked if they had PACS installed at their facilities, were changing PACS vendors or looking for a vendor. Of the 78 medical institutions responding, 43 percent had PACS installed, 40 percent were looking for a PACS solution and 13 percent were in the process of changing their PACS vendors, said Smith.
   
Attendees represented a mixture of career paths such as administrative positions (24 percent), information technology (22 percent), PACS administrators (18 percent), physicians (11 percent), technologists (10 percent), and consultants (2 percent) – with 13 percent claiming some other professional direction. Smith said the mix of attendees was not surprising since many of those attending are expected to become an expert on many aspects of information and management systems.
   
The conference offered ASRT Category A CE credit and Category 1 credits for physicians.
For details visit: www.urmc.rochester.edu/pacs2007