SCAR 2006 to hold pre-conference imaging informatics course
The Society for Computer Applications in Radiology (SCAR) will host a pre-conference course for imaging informatics professionals on Wednesday, April 26, 2006, in Austin, Texas, immediately prior to the organization's 2006 Annual Meeting.

The day-long Imaging Informatics Administration (IIA) Symposium expands on SCAR's popular PACS Administration course, held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting for the past three years.

"This course will address the knowledge gap experienced by many imaging informatics professionals by building on possible shortcomings that the IT or RT orientation may bring to imaging informatics," said George H. Bowers, MBA, chair of the SCAR Imaging Informatics Education Subcommittee, which is organizing the course.
The course’s objective is to help participants understand the range of roles required in Imaging Informatics Administration as well as the supporting tasks that are required to ensure a successful PACS implementation and operation. Two distinct tracks will be featured to augment clinical knowledge for those with an IT background and technical skills for RTs and other clinicians. Attendees will learn about the impact of imaging informatics across the entire medical enterprise. This course will help explain the framework for future Imaging Informatics certification. 

SCAR also plans to announce a timeline for the rollout of its Imaging Informatics Professional (IIP) Certification program during a press conference at SCAR 2006. The IIP Certification, currently being developed by the SCAR Imaging Informatics Certification Committee, will fill a void in the industry by providing an accredited certification program that will define and acknowledge the basic skills and competence of the Imaging Informatics professional in medicine, the organization said.