University of Rochester to host annual PACS conference in San Antonio

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The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry will hold its fourth annual PACS conference in San Antonio, Texas, on March 10 through 13.

The conference will begin with a full-day practicum with an introduction to HL7 and DICOM, medical informatics, fundamentals of infrastructure, inter-relationship of HIS/RIS/PACS/modalities, role of the PACS administrator, planning for PACS, architectural design to optimize workflow and preparing a PACS RFP (request for proposal).

Conference director Edward M. Smith, ScD, said 20 experts will share their experiences and cover topics related to security, storage technology, clinical compression, non-radiological applications of PACS, digital mammography plus HIPAA and IHE updates.

In addition, more than 40 vendors will provide hands-on opportunities for attendees to evaluate the functionality and productivity of their PACS and related offerings. The conference offers a maximum of 30.25 Category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.

For additional information, visit  www.urmc.rochester.edu/pacs2004 or contact Edward Smith, ScD, conference director at  ed_smith@urmc.rochester.edu.