SIIM Preview: Imaging Informatics Branches Out Across the Enterprise

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The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) is hosting its 2007 Annual Meeting from June 7-10 in Providence, R.I. This year’s theme — “Imaging Informatics for the Enterprise” — is aimed at capturing the scope of the program and the expanded focus of the society that began a year ago.

SIIM has planned a new general session that includes a live workflow demonstration highlighting some of the practical issues involved with large data sets. Other highlights include a SIIM University session that investigates “Enterprise Integration Strategies toward the Multimedia EHR.”  In addition, three “hot topic” sessions address various topics such as procedure room workflow in the interventional radiology/cardiology suite, PACS/RIS replacement, and leveraging IT for quality and safety.

Highlights from this year’s vendor exhibit — with more than 150 companies — are contained below.

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Acuo Technologies (Booth #1211) is highlighting its DICOM Services Grid as an enabling open systems software solution for all DICOM objects to facilitate a DICOM infrastructure built on a service-oriented architecture that can aggregate query results, federate DICOM objects, virtualize and replicate storage assets built on a collaborative and extensible grid computing model.

AFC Industries (Booth #910) is introducing its space-saving i-Center, a wall-mounted workstation that enables computer access wherever needed without utilizing floor space. The i-Center features a fold-down keyboard tray with a damper for smooth operation and a VESA-compliant monitor holder. It accommodates any standard computer and turns empty wall space into a handy work area.

Agfa HealthCare (Booth #223) is demonstrating its latest works-in-progress — IMPAX 6.3, PACS) that offers tools for complex multi-site environments, such as multi-site data synchronization, access to reports from across the enterprise and the management of multiple distinct patient ID domains.

Other products and services to be displayed include:

  • IMPAX Data Center – a unified view of a single patient;
  • IMPAX Clinical Module – brings disparate clinical data such as lab results, pharmacy and pathology to the IMPAX Radiology Desktop;
  • DX-S – A fully integrated, compact digital imaging system;
  • CR 30-X – a compact table-top CR that offers seamless integration from x-ray exposure to print or softcopy;
  • iPlan – a web-based scheduling module;
  • Enterprise Clinical Portal – provides physicians access to clinical information from disparate systems through a single sign-on unified view;
  • Cardiology – a vendor-neutral cardiovascular PACS and CVIS; and
  • Digital Mammography Workstation – a vendor neutral diagnostic display station.

Amicas RadStream has proven to improve radiology report turn-around time by 40 percent and reduce interruptions to radiologists by nearly 25 percent.Amicas (Booth #423) is showing its new RadStream workflow product built to increase radiologist productivity that supports the automation and documentation of results communication, and integrates disparate PACS viewers within the Amicas RealTime Worklist. Other products being shown include: Vision Reach, a tool focused specifically on providing service to referring physicians; Vision Series PACS 6.0, the next generation of the company’s web-based workstation; and Insight Dashboards, with real-time analytical data for managing the increasingly complex business of radiology with intuitive web-based business intelligence and analysis package.

Amirsys (Booth #702) is highlighting its STATdx clinical decision support system that is designed to support radiologists by increasing speed, accuracy and diagnostic confidence in complex cases. STATdx streamlines workflow by reducing the time required to research and complete a difficult imaging analysis. Its digital format lets radiologists have access to on-demand reference tools at any time.

Anthro Corporation (Booth #817) is demonstrating the Elevate Corner PACS workstation that utilizes corner spaces, as well as acting as an L-shaped configuration. The shelf height can be adjusted with the touch of a button.
The L-shaped surface is 72 inches wide by 29 inches deep on each side. The entire work surface will house six or more flat-panel monitors to make the most of available space. Also, the Corner’s surface electrically raises and lowers with a range as low as 27 inches, up to 53 inches high.

Aspyra (Booth #1010) is demonstrating both its AccessNET PACS and AccessRAD RIS-PACS.  Both products offer scalable tools to provide efficient imaging department workflow. AccessRAD