SIIM Takes Dallas by Storm

The Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) slated its 2013 annual meeting for the Big D. This year’s meeting highlights innovation and entrepreneurship in imaging informatics in learning tracks, special sessions and in Innovation Alley, says Katherine P. Andriole, PhD, committee chair and associate professor, department of radiology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The 2013 agenda is bursting with meaningful topics for imaging and informatics professionals. New offerings include a town hall format for some learning tracks. These sessions follow didactic sessions and are highly interactive, providing attendees the opportunity to engage in detailed discussions and network with peers, explains Andriole.

The Health Imaging editorial team has compiled session highlights. Be sure to check out from June 6-8 for live coverage from Dallas.

Thursday, June 6

  • Translating Innovations to Clinical Practice
    8:00 – 9:30 am
    In the opening general session Dwyer Lecture, Bradley J. Erickson, MD, fromMayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., explores imaging informatics challenges associated with transitioning clinical research to practice. He details strategies for success from pioneers that have succeeded in cultivating a culture of innovation as well as practices to avoid based on case studies of organizations that have missed the mark.
  • Challenges of Growing Up: Archiving Beyond Local Radiology
    1:15 – 2:45 pm
    Experts from leading academic medical centers discuss challenges and solutions related to federating images across multiple sites and review the basics of an image-enabled HIE.

Friday, June 7

  • How to Plan for & Implement Strategies for Managing Images
    9:45 – 11:15 am
    Paul J. Chang, MD, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and other experts share perspectives on managing images from inside and outside the enterprise. They introduce a financial model that can be used to inform strategic decisions and review image-impacting workflows from various departments.
  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Real Life Stories of Interoperability
    9:45 – 11:15 am
    A trio of vendor experts from Vital Images, Nuance and Laitek provides integration tips for application integration and reviews the pros and cons of HL7, DICOM, IHE, SOA and vendor specific APIs.
  • Exploring Mobile Technologies in Medicine
    1:15 – 2:45 pm
    This hot topic session introduces attendees to current and future mobile technologies and reviews the use of mobile platforms in radiology and across the enterprise. Session leaders also demonstrate some of the latest technologies.

Saturday, June 8

  • What are Your Challenges & Solutions? (Medical Imaging In and Outside the Organization)
    8:00 – 9:30 am
    A pair of experts leads a discussion focused on challenges and solutions related to managing images from inside and outside of the organization.
  • Data Mining: From Why to How
    8:00 – 9:30 am
    Leaders outline a data mining framework and share tools for extracting data from third-party vendors. They also introduce open-source tools that facilitate data mining and analysis.
  • Reinventing the Radiologist
    9:45 – 11:15 am
    This town hall session is the forum for networking with experts and peers regarding the radiologist of the future. The agenda includes best practices, questions and the role of technology.
  • Quality, Quantity, or Both: Can You Really Have It All?!
    3:30 – 5:00 pm
    The closing general session considers the question can radiology have both quality and quantity. Are these goals conflicting or complementary? Session leaders encourage the audience to participate in the discussion which debates key questions at the intersection of practice management and informatics: Should you focus your informatics to increase productivity? Or should you focus on quality? How does one define these two things in terms of informatics?