Plans for SIIM17

In just over 3 weeks from now, attendees of this year’s SIIM conference will arrive in Pittsburgh: The city that  brought us Heinz Ketchup and Andy Warhol, and a city that apparently has more bridges than Venice. Pittsburgh’s city planners seemed to have rubbed off on the SIIM planning committee as this year’s theme is ‘Bridging the Transformation to a New Era of Medicine’.  It’s an appropriate theme when the City of Bridges is hosting the event.

Here’s a few of the key sessions that I’m excited about for SIIM17.

Day 1:

Opening Session: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence: Medical Imaging’s Next Frontier

This is a topic that keeps growing in interest to our community – I’m interested to hear how the session touches on harnessing the power of AI rather than being fearful of AI making us irrelevant.

9:45 am – 10:45 am: Order Entry CDS: From Implementation to Positive Outcomes

IHE profiles such as Guideline Appropriate Ordering (GAO) and Order Appropriate Tracking (OAT) are helping shape the actions of CDS.  I’m interested to see how CDS can be used as a tool to report when repeat imaging is prevented due to appropriateness checks.

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Rad-Path Diagnostics: Rethinking Imaging Informatics

Now that the FDA has approved Phillips to Market their Intellisite Pathology Solution for Whole Slide Imaging for digital pathology, this is just the beginning. It will be interesting to see how the FDA’s approval affects consumer interest in adopting digital pathology. I’ve written in the past about the disconnect between standards development and vendor solutions for non-radiology imaging. This should be an interesting discussion.

In the evening I hope to grab a sandwich at Primanti Brothers and find a local Pittsburgh craft beer to wash it down with. (If anyone has any suggestions on local Pittsburgh craft beer, I’m all ears)


Day 2:

9:45am – 10:45am – Educators Toolkit for Imaging Informatics: From Basic Education to Advanced Learning

Education and effective knowledge transfer affect us all. Without effective training, our teams will be weak, adoption low and our patients and customs will suffer. 

1:15pm – 2:45pm: Carnegie Mellon Showcase: Technologies that Will Help Propel Key Aspects of Imaging Informatics
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Data Interoperability With, and Access For, External Referring Physicians
4:15pm – 5:15pm Radiation Dose Metrics: Current & Future Considerations

Friday evening is the only night that the Andy Warhol Museum doesn’t close at 5pm. We often talk about wanting to achieve creativity and innovation within our industry.  Andy Warhol is a good example of someone that was able to find creativity in everyday common place items.  It takes a special way to look at the world to see a soup can and figure out a way to make it art.

Campbell’s Soup Cans – Andy Warhol

Day 3:

8am – 9:30am: Image Retention: Help Us Develop an Image Retention Policy that Makes Sense
9:45am – 10:45am: The Business of Imaging: Ruthlessly Quantifying Your Value Metrics
11:30am – 12:30pm: Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Medical Imaging – What Do Vendors Think?
1:15pm – 2:45pm: Improvement Stories for Informatics Professionals
Closing Session: Weaving the Fabric of Trust: Security, Privacy, Resilience, and Accountability

Over the past year, there have been many reports of hospitals being victim to cyber-attacks, including ransom ware attacks. This should be a great closing session.

I look forward to seeing​ you at SIIM17.



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