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Getting prepared for the biggest event in imaging informatics

Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | June 04, 2021
Health IT X-Ray
From the May 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

HCB News: When we spoke in 2019, you described some of the fundamental hurdles preventing interoperability between imaging and EHRs. Has there been any meaningful progress on that front?
CR: The answer to that is yes — but it’s been heterogeneous. The EHRs are good at what they do, but they need to account for all different kinds of people asking for things. So the way the EHRs do it is that they get a bunch of thought leadership together, they ask us to prioritize, ask what the most important things are we should be working with and why that is and really try to understand. There has been quite a bit of progress over the last year in telehealth and providing patients their information because of the 21st Century Cures Act. At my site and some others we’ve had our images available in the EHR portal for about two years and patients are starting to engage in it. Are there still some major hurdles? Of course. There are still big disconnects in integrating visible light imaging and video in the EHR especially. There’s always more interest than there is the ability to make things happen. It takes a while to develop things and deploy them.

HCB News: The annual meeting will be all virtual this year?

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CR: It will be. One of SIIM’s important strategic planning efforts is around globalizing. One of the things people will see this year is a SIIM Global Track. It will be thought leadership in six different locations from around the world bringing leadership from their geographic area into SIIM to lecture. There will probably be four sessions in the morning before SIIM “starts” and two after. The areas are South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia and Asia. We have started collaborating with expert leads in those areas to identify the right content, the right presenters and we believe it will really extend the great network and culture that SIIM has to bring people together around imaging informatics.

The second big thing you should know is that it will be a four day meeting, May 24th to the 27th. The theme for the meeting is “Connecting without Boundaries.” Day two will be unique. One thing I’ve learned over my years with SIIM is that the industry partners we have can be terrific sources of best practices and innovation. It will be users and industry innovating together. It’s going to be connecting the user community with non-salesy, curated industry education, the latest technologies, people who can help the frontline folks like myself solve the problems they are facing. It’s going to be very heavily devoted toward industry partnerships and bringing the network of SIIM into the really rich educational world of industry.

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