RSNA 2010: Embracing Personalized Medicine

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Clinical images courtesy of (from left): Philips Healthcare, Toshiba America Medical Systems and GE Healthcare

Radiology’s big show should be bigger than ever this year. Despite the sluggish economy, 60,000 radiologists, administrators and decision-makers are expected to descend on the Windy City in late November and early December. “It is the place to go for healthcare decision-makers,” affirms RSNA Chairman George Bissett, MD.

With more than 2,600 scientific presentations and posters covering the newest trends in radiological research and more than 1,800 educational and informatics exhibits, massive may be an understatement.

This year’s theme—Personalized Medicine: In Pursuit of Excellence—is both timely and forward-looking. Healthcare is on the cusp of personalized medicine, which brings medicine to the molecular level and offers a model that aims to improve care and contain costs by identifying appropriate treatments and limiting trial-and-error approaches. The incredibly data-driven model hinges on molecular imaging, with lab values, biomarkers, genetic testing and therapeutic monitoring all playing critical roles in realizing the promise of personalized medicine. IT provides the glue that holds the various pieces together and offers a way to assimilate, manage and leverage the data.

Over the last few months the Health Imaging & IT editorial staff has been hard at work, ferreting out the details about hot topics at this year’s RSNA meeting. What follows is an abbreviated preview to help you plan your visit to the show. Our print and online insider’s guides (register at HealthImaging.com) should prove especially valuable this year as RSNA is edging toward “paperlessness” with a lighter program that does not include the full listing of sessions. For in-depth overviews of key tracks, including a snapshot of the year in review and experts’ insights, please visit HealthImaging.com.

Informatics & IT

Healthcare Reform through Meaningful Use of Healthcare IT: Implications for Radiologists
Monday, Nov. 29, 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Healthcare reform demands meaningful deployment of health IT. Speakers are focusing on the complexities of meaningful use and related challenges and opportunities specific to the radiology profession.
Speaker Information:

  • Ramin Khorasani, MD, director, information management systems, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • David Avrin, MD, PhD, vice chair, informatics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Keith J. Dreyer, MD, vice chairman of radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • David Mendelson, MD, chief, clinical informatics, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Decision Support in Clinical Practice
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 8:30 – 10:00 AM
The session is addressing the basics of decision support and its role in improving patient outcomes and showing how informatics models may be applied to predict diagnoses and outcomes.
Speaker Information:

  • Charles E. Kahn, MD, chief, division of informatics, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Elizabeth S. Burnside, MD, associate professor, radiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Sandy Napel, PhD, co-director, radiology
  • 3D laboratory, Stanford University School of Medicine

Next Generation IT Requirements for Improving Quality & Safety for Radiology
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
System changes that leverage IT are the basis of the transition to patient-centered, evidence-based care. The session is examining the role of IT and next generation IT requirements and reviewing case studies that focus on appropriate use, report quality and results communication.
Speaker Information:

  • Ramin Khorasani, MD, director, information management systems, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • David Avrin, MD, PhD, vice chair, informatics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Luciano Monte Serrat Prevedello, MD, research fellow, radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Health Policy & Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement: Controversies & Opportunities for Communicating Results
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 8:30 – 10:00 AM
The session is reviewing implications of failure to communicate abnormal results and addressing the role of IT in process improvement. It is examining the role of institutional policies and presenting a case study of radiology results communication policy in an integrated healthcare delivery system.
Speaker Information:

  • G. Scott Gazelle, MD, professor of radiology, Harvard Medical School

How Payment Policy Will Impact Technology Development in the