SIIM meeting opens with a focus on bridge building

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SEATTLE—The annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) kicked off in Seattle today. This year’s focus is bridging the gap between radiology and other clinical specialties that incorporate medical imaging, by hosting educational and scientific sessions that demonstrate the concept of “building bridges” within and beyond the imaging informatics community.
About 130 vendors are exhibiting at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, featuring the latest technological advances in image and information systems management.

The meeting includes original scientific research presented as papers, demonstrations and posters. This year’s program includes 85 abstracts presented as papers in 10 scientific sessions and as posters and demonstrations. Six of the abstract authors, whose papers were highly ranked by peer reviewers, have been invited to give extended featured presentation of their papers. Also, seven inaugural recipients of the SIIM New Investigator Travel Award will be issued during the scientific sessions.

The SIIM University Sessions features 12 sections, which offer various levels of image information technologies—from limited, to practical, to the more experienced user knowledge. In addition, roundtables will host facilitated discussions, focusing on topics of interest to select audiences, including residents, physicians, PACS administrators and RTs. The Learning Labs will provide hands-on training and exposure to topics such as DVTK, Nagios & Wikis and XIIP. Finally, “In the Crossfire” debates will feature experts in the field of imaging informatics going head-to-head on present-day controversies, such as IHE vs. SOA and Who Owns PACS? Radiology or IT?

The 8th Annual SIIM Research & Development Symposium rounds out the scientific program, which features presentations on the findings and results from SIIM research grants issued during the previous year.

For the closing session, Drs. Eliot Siegel and Khan Siddiqui have convened a panel of experts including corporate and imaging informatics luminaries to tackle the most topical and controversial questions about PACS and imaging informatics.