SIIM prepares for annual conference

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The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM — formerly SCAR) will host its 2007 Annual Meeting June 7-10 in Providence, R.I. This year’s conference will cover topics that span the realm of imaging across the healthcare enterprise, said Program Committee Chair Bradley J. Erickson, MD, PhD. The official meeting theme is "Imaging Informatics for the Enterprise."

SIIM has found what it believes to be true medical informatics pioneers to make several keynote presentations at the show. "John Glaser, our opening speaker, created the model for the modern healthcare chief information officer (CIO). Ted Shortliffe, our closing keynote speaker, is a physician who played a key role in establishing the scientific discipline of medical informatics, and continues to edit the seminal textbook in the field," said SIIM Chair Curt Langlotz, MD, PhD.

The speakers will tackle the topic of the growing importance of imaging informatics in healthcare organizations.

A new general session has been scheduled this year, a live workflow demonstration that will highlight some of the practical issues involved with large data sets. "This is a chance to see how different systems and radiologists approach typical clinical scenarios, with emphasis on large data sets," said Erickson.

“Hot topic” sessions will address procedure room workflow in interventional radiology departments; cardiology suite: PACS/RIS replacement; and leveraging IT for quality and safety.

Three new featured scientific sessions will include the topics optimizing the interpretation process; image processing, 3D and CAD; and productivity and workflow.

SIIM will also offer a virtual facility tour of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston throughout the meeting.

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