SIIM 2015 takes place this week, and as usual, there is a wide selection of presentations to sift through. This year’s theme “Creating the Image Enabled Enterprise” speaks to the challenges many SIIM attendees are facing, and how imaging IT can really make an impact across the enterprise. The meeting will kick off with Donald K Dennison discussing the technical and market forces that are driving change in medical imaging, as well as how facilities can prepare for these changes and take advantage of them.
Listed below are five sessions we identified as “Can’t Miss” at SIIM. Of course there’s many more sessions beyond these, so please be sure to look at the entire program and pick the sessions you find to be the most valuable.
- Enabling Capture, Storage, and Enterprise Access of Images from Handheld Devices, Thursday, May 28, 9:45 am – 10:45 am, Annapolis 1 & 2
This session will focus on 1) Understanding today’s pain-points in providing access to images captured from handheld devices; 2) Chart out workflows in various care settings; and, 3) Explore potential solutions through discussion and brainstorming.
- Building High-Performance Support Teams, Thursday, May 28, 9:45 am – 10:45 am, Baltimore 3
This roundtable includes Christopher D. Meenan, CIIP, University of Maryland Medical System, Daniel O’Malley, MS, University of Virginia Health System, Charlene M. Tomaselli, RT(R)(M),MBA, CIIP, Johns Hopkins University, and Robert C. Webb, University of Virginia, and will seek to 1) Describe characteristics that make up high-performance imaging support teams; 2) Review organizational structures that foster increased efficiency and collaboration within imaging departments; 3) Discuss the types of software tools that aid in imaging support; and 4) Gain an understanding of common metrics to manage efficiency.
- Understanding Enterprise Imaging Use Cases, Friday, May 29, 9:45 am – 10:45 am, Woodrow Wilson A
The objectives for this session will 1) Identify the primary use cases supported by an enterprise imaging strategy; 2) Discuss why enterprise imaging use cases should be incorporated into the planning of an enterprise strategy; and, 3) Explain the importance of enterprise imaging standards and the potential challenges that will be faced by organizations that choose to pursue a vendor neutral archive only solution.
- Evolution and Lifecycle of Imaging Clinical Decision Support, Friday May 29, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm, Woodrow Wilson A
This session will look to help attendees 1) Understand the interplay of imaging CDS with the HER end user; 2) Appreciate the various avenues that CDS can be implemented and displayed; and 3) Identify CDS shortcomings and proposed solutions for decreasing inappropriate and over-utilized examinations
- Big Data in Healthcare: Myth, Hype, and Hope – A Point/Counterpoint, Friday, May 29, 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm, Woodrow Wilson D
Objectives for this session include 1) Learning about Big Data, Dumb Data, and Smart Data; 2) Discuss myths, hypes, and hopes that surround Big Data in healthcare; and 3) Learn about the importance of analytics in gaining insight from data and about descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.
- How Are Academic Institutions & Private Practices Integrating Clinical EMRs Into Imaging Workflows, Thursday, May 28, 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm, Annapolis 1 & 2
The White Boarding session, with Cree M. Gaskin, MD, University of Virginia Health System, J. Raymond Geis, MD, Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants, Steven C. Horii, MD, FSIIM, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Kevin W. McEnery, MD, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Peter B. Sachs, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, and Alexander J. Towbin, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will seek to 1) Explain the types of data available in an EMR, and how to access those data; 2) Discuss the differences among PACS, RIS, and EMR-driven workflow; and 3) Discover ways to maintain or even improve productivity while using the EMR.
- Use Cases for Medical Images in Clinical Informatics: A Whole New World of Imaging Informatics, Saturday, May 30, 8:00 am – 9:30 am, Woodrow Wilson BC
The objective of this educational session held by J. Raymond Geis, MD, Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants, PC Kenneth R. Persons, MSEE, Mayo Clinic, and Christopher J. Roth, MD, Duke University Health System, will be to help attendees 1) Become familiar with the wide diversity of image use cases and file types now being used in health care; 2) Understand the issues associated with archiving, viewing, and sharing these images; and 3) Discover different workflows associated with acquiring, archiving, and viewing these images.
- Analytics In Imaging – How Can You Use Data Effectively to Run Your Department?, Saturday, May 30, 9:45 am – 10:45 am, Annapolis 1 & 2
Gorkem Sevinc, MSE, CIIP, Johns Hopkins University, will show attendees how to 1) Gain a robust understanding of analytics needs of a department (business-level to operational); and, 2) Develop the knowledge to gather requirements of analytical reports for various levels of business owners.
- Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Ready for PACS Prime Time?, Saturday, May 30, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Exhibit Hall CD
We may a little bias about this session as one of our own thought leaders, Ron Muscosky, MSEE, will be participating, but regardless, it is still a session not to be missed as DBT continues to gain more traction in women’s health imaging. The session will 1) Discuss infrastructure, integration, and standardization challenges posed by DBT; 2) Learn about the requirement and solutions that are defined in the IHE DBT Profile; and 3) Discover commercial options that are currently available from vendors to meet the challenges.
- The 2015 Dwyer Lecture – An IT Blueprint for the Value Based Imaging Era, Saturday May 30, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Woodrow Wilson A
Paul G. Nagy, PhD, CIIP, FSIIM, Johns Hopkins University, will give the closing lecture that will 1) Discuss Michael Porter’s model for transforming healthcare delivery; 2) Identify new IT requirements needed to enable this delivery model; and, 3) Illustrate current demonstration projects.
SIIM 2015 is sure to be an excellent and educational event, as these 10 sessions already prove. Also be sure to check out the SIIM 2015 Hackathon that seeks to build upon what was started in 2014.
See you at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC/National Harbor. Stop by the Carestream booth, #425 and tell us how SIIM is going for you. Have a great time at SIIM 2015!
Julia Weidman is the Healthcare Information Solutions Marketing Manager for the US and Canada at Carestream. She will be attending SIIM, and will be in the Carestream booth, #425.