SIIM 2015 Preview: What You Need to Know


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.

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Discover Key Takeaways from the Imaging Workgroup

One new feature at SIIM 2015 is an update from a workgroup created by SIIM and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup’s purpose is to share imaging strategies and create awareness about the importance of incorporating medical images into the EHR. The workgroup is divided into three work teams that began meeting earlier this year, and team co-chairs will offer initial takeaways during SIIM 2015.

“Plan to hear short presentations from the chairs of the three work teams on their activities to date and future deliverables,” recommends Anna Marie Mason, SIIM executive director. The three work teams are working to define specific deliverables in areas such as identifying best practices for image sharing.

What You Need To Know:

  • When: Thursday, May 28 from 11 am to 12 noon
  • Where: Science and Innovation Pavilion
  • Session Type: Meetup

Leverage Core “Knowledge Domains”

Another new feature to note is how the educational sessions at SIIM 2015 have been tailored. There are four designated “knowledge domains” crafted for clinicians, enterprise IT and other imaging informatics professionals, including:

  • Analytics
  • Enterprise Imaging
  • Productivity and Workflow
  • Quality

What You Need to Know:

Attendees can view the icons that match each domain on page nine of the final program. Use the icons, which are in the program and across the SIIM website, to guide what education and scientific sessions to attend.




Attend Educational Sessions of Note

According to the SIIM 2015 agenda, educational sessions will focus on emerging and timely topics that are of interest to the imaging informatics community. Here are three compelling sessions to consider attending.

  1. The Next Imaging Evolution: A World Without PACS (As We Know It)

This is the opening general session, with speaker Donald K. Dennison exploring the shift away from a traditional PACS and toward consolidation and enterprise systems. Attendees will learn how to prepare for upcoming changes toward enterprise systems and how to take advantage of new applications.

What You Need to Know:

  • When: Thursday, May 28 from 8 to 9:30 am
  • Where: Woodrow Wilson A
  • What: Opening general session
  • Knowledge Domain: Enterprise Imaging
  1. Veering into Uber’s Lane: Imaging Reports for Patients and Families

This session will include ideas and examples of how clinicians can create an “Uber-like” experience for patients that is clear and simple to understand. Attendees will be invited to discuss opportunities to develop and incorporate patient and family oriented reports to help improve the patient experience.

What You Need to Know:

  • When: Friday, May 29 from 4:15 to 5:15 pm
  • Where: Annapolis 1 & 2
  • What: White boarding session
  • Knowledge Domain: Productivity and Workflow
  1. BYOD in the Era of Enterprise Imaging

Security, compliance and privacy concerns will be discussed in this session about BYOD technologies. Attendees will learn about the potential benefits of a mobile, digitally-connected imaging infrastructure and how to pinpoint and possibly solve security challenges.

What You Need to Know:

  • When: Saturday, May 30 from 7 to 8 am
  • Where: Annapolis 1
  • What: Roundtable discussion
  • Knowledge Domain: Enterprise Imaging

SIIM 2015 is fast approaching. Knowing what’s new and previewing information about “not to miss” sessions can help attendees better plan for and maximize their attendance of SIIM 2015.

If you’ll be attending SIIM 2015, see innovative enterprise medical imaging solutions that support the image-enabled enterprise at McKesson’s Booth, 413. McKesson customers, don’t forget to register for our user group meeting on May 28. See the events calendar in McKesson Imaging FOCUS™ for details.

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