SIIM 2015 Preview: What You Need to Know

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SIIM 2015 Is Almost Here

SIIM 2015, the annual meeting for the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, will be held on May 28-30 in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is “Creating the Image Enabled Enterprise.”

To help radiologists, researchers, and other clinical enterprise IT professionals create image-enabled enterprises, the conference offers a rich variety of educational sessions. SIIM 2015 sessions will cover utilizing mobile, improving the patient experience and understanding how imaging is moving away from traditional PACS, to name a few key topics.

Whether you’ve attended before or will attend for the first time, maximize your time at SIIM 2015 by reading this preview of new features and what sessions you should plan to attend.


Demonstrating the True Value of Medical Imaging: Q&A with RSNA President Ronald L. Arenson, M.D.

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RSNA President Dr. Ronald L. Arenson Physicians value medical imaging. In fact, about 9 in 10 primary care physicians who responded to a survey about imaging’s value reported that advanced imaging improves their diagnostic confidence and provides data that would otherwise be unavailable.

Healthcare executives, on the other hand, may approach medical imaging from a more fiscal perspective. Imaging has been identified as the most rapidly growing contributor to rising costs that is under physician control. Unnecessary medical imaging is estimated to cost the U.S. up to $12 billion every year.


Taking Off Radiology’s Cloak of Invisibility

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Radiology Systems for RadiologistsIn Harry Potter’s world, invisibility is a highly coveted attribute, whether it’s just a knack for keeping the professor from calling on you or a true disappearing act enabled by the cloak of invisibility. In radiology, invisibility is problematic — and becoming more so.

Despite the fact that patient centeredness is a core principal in today’s healthcare reform, most patients remain unaware of the contribution radiologists make to their care. In the past, this was an unfortunate fact we all accepted. Today, it’s a serious issue.


In Search of Analytics—Beyond RIS and PACS

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Move Beyond RIS for Value via AnalyticsManaging a radiology department these days can seem like wrestling a pile of snakes. Just as you’ve got a handle on one area, another slips away and causes trouble. The shift to value-based care is causing your department to change procedures, rethink processes and re-evaluate just about everything else.

Radiology departments using a traditional RIS or PACS to manage all this change seem to be struggling the hardest. They lack the type of detailed information they need to speed up workflow, identify intra- and inter-departmental communication gaps and capture department-wide data in a way that clearly shows where improvements are needed.


HIMSS15 Preview: Highlights and New Features

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HIMSS 2015 Preview If you’re planning to attend HIMSS15, you’re not alone. With nearly 38,000 attendees last year, HIMSS 2015 is the largest health IT event in the industry.

To get the most out of your conference experience, Karen Malone, Vice President, Meeting Services, HIMSS North America advises all attendees to plan their agenda before arriving at HIMSS. To help attendees prioritize, below, Malone shares her “preview” of sessions you don’t want to miss, an inside scoop on the variety of session types and new features of this year’s conference.

Plan to Attend These Sessions


ICD-10: The Countdown is On

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ICD-10 Readiness for Radiology Departments With six months to go until ICD-10 implementation, ICD-10 is a focus for many healthcare organizations. Most hospitals are making investments in ICD-10 migration tools this year, according to a survey of hospital executives. CMS timelines indicate that health systems should be a full year into testing for readiness, with testing recommended to have begun in April of last year. Final steps should be underway now to ensure that employees are fully trained and ready for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, including in radiology.


No Sweeping Pronouncements Needed, Just Value-Based Imaging

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Imaging Utilization for CTOne size does not fit all when it comes to imaging use, so it makes sense that it’s not a fit for utilization optimization, either. Indeed, a recent study suggests a targeted approach to managing imaging utilization could be more effective than a national intervention.

In “Use of Public Data to Target Variation in Providers’ Use of CT and MR Imaging among Medicare Beneficiaries” (February 5, Radiology), a team of authors led by Dr. Ivan Ip examined geographic trends in imaging referrals. They found a wide variation in use, ranging from 330 studies per 1,000 beneficiaries to 684 per 1,000. The research team used a pair of public CMS databases to assess 124 million diagnostic imaging services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in 2012.


Making Use of Dark Matter: Radiology and Big Data

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Physician Leveraging Big Data for ImagingHow can we improve the relationship between computers and radiologists? How can we make use of dark matter (all the information currently not being mined from our images)? How can we combine data sets to calculate critical conditions like malignancy?

The answer to all of these questions is big data. And if it sounds a bit futuristic, that’s because it is.


Achieve True Value-Added Radiology With ‘Real-Time’ EMR Data Mining

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EditorMichael Grey’s Note: This article was originally published in the February 2015 edition of DOTmed® HealthCareBusiness News and is republished here with permission.

The concept of value-added radiology (VAR) embraces a number of objectives — from initial involvement with care team physicians in determining the correct study to order, to improving the quality of the interpretation and turnaround time. This VAR concept coincides with the shift in radiology from volume- to value-based reimbursement. Perhaps a more fundamental point of VAR should be elevating the radiologist’s role above merely interpreting the imaging study…basically interpreting the study in a more holistic (and accountable) manner and not based on the images alone.


Customer Spotlight: Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Supports Growth with Strong PACS and Clinically Experienced PACS Administrator

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Steinberg Medical Imaging CenterEditor’s Note: This article was originally published by Claudette Lew on the ImagingBiz website and is republished here with permission.

When Dane’lle Southern was approached by Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers’ (SDMI) CIO to take on the role of PACS administrator for the company, she initially declined, and remembers thinking she couldn’t possibly be a good fit for the position. The CIO thought differently, and saw that her experience as an imaging technologist could only make a PACS administrator stronger. Having successfully completed nearly two years as PACS administrator, Southern revisits her experience to share how SDMI has best utilized her skills to bridge the gap between clinical and IT staff.