It has been famously said that “Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into invoices.” In the spirit of SIIM 2013’s theme — “Translating today’s innovations into tomorrow’s clinical practice” — it will be critical for those attending the conference to fly into Grapevine-Dallas, TX, with an open mind and a burning desire to convert today’s challenges into actual opportunities.
Many serial SIIM attendees keep going back to the annual meeting because the cozier atmosphere affords an opportunity to have honest conversations, and really get to the bottom of issues. I have personally noticed that my discussions at SIIM, both with vendors and fellow colleagues, tend to be of great substance. Perhaps the less frenzied atmosphere lends itself to closer 1:1 dialogue, without any of the fluff.
This is the case too in the quality and format of the content. Thought-provoking general sessions held in a new, more engaging town hall setting encourage discussions on a myriad of hot topics that are more interactive and engaging.
Here are our top 10 picks:
10. The Dwyer lecture - Translating Innovations to Clinical Practice [Opening general session; Thursday, June 6, 2013, 8:00 am – 9:30 am, Texas Ballroom A]
Come listen to Dr. Bradley Erickson from the Mayo Clinic identify the challenges of translational research and imaging informatics. He will detail out both the good and the bad, with real world examples of organizations that have embraced a culture of innovation.
9. Innovators & Entrepreneurship - Educational Session: Got Innovation? Where to go now... [Learning Track 1; Thursday, June 6, 2013, 9:45 – 11:15 am, Texas Ballroom A]
While the entire learning track 1 would be of high value to anyone with an ounce of entrepreneurial spirit, this session will attempt to provide answers to questions that many in the imaging community have faced. The experts will outline the right things to think about in successfully taking an idea to fruition.
8. Personalized Medicine [Hot Topic Session; Thursday, June 6, 2013, 9:45 am – 11:15 am, Texas Ballroom B]
Personalized Medicine offers the promise of customizing diagnosis, treatment, and prevention to a particular patient or cohort of patients. Listen to experts describe the challenges and the opportunities of embracing personalized medicine in imaging informatics.
7. Current Solutions to the Image-Enabled HIE [Learning Track 3, Future Proofed Archiving - Applied Learning Vendor Tie-in Session; Thursday, June 6, 2013, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm, Texas Ballroom B]
Leave all buzzwords in your hotel rooms, and come have an open discussion with true experts from some of the top vendors that are pushing ahead with cloud-based imaging and addressing unique challenges in image sharing and image-enabling the EHR. Come prepared to separate the wheat from the chaff and see what’s coming next as our industry anticipates possible Meaningful Use 3 needs around image enabling the HIE.
6. From Workflow Management to Adding Value through Informatics [Learning Track 6, Reinventing the Radiologist; Friday, June 7, 2013, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm, Texas Ballroom A]
This should be a great session on a very critical topic. Radiology – perhaps more than any other clinical specialty – is being challenged today to do more with less. As the reality of health care delivery for radiology moves from volume to value, it’s critical to understand how these can truly be extracted in the areas of workflow management, reporting, and communications.
5. SIIM Workflow Initiative in Medicine (SWIM™) [Hot Topic Session; Friday, June 7, 2013, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm, Texas Ballroom B]
OK, so we’re all filmless – now what? SWIM aims to improve quality, workflow efficiency, operational efficiency, and the overall patient experience. Learn from the experts about the SWIM workflow lexicon and discover how to leap ahead in workflow monitoring and orchestration.
4. Quality, Safety, & Radiation Dose [Scientific Program Session; Friday, June 7, 2013, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm, Texas Ballroom C]
SIIM 2013 seems to have a number of enticing scientific sessions, but if you are able to carve time out to attend this cluster of 5 insightful presentations, you will not be disappointed. This session gives you a good taste of how radiology is addressing several key concerns, ranging from CT dose optimization to critical results notification.
3. Top Ten Skills Needed by IIPs [Roundtable Discussions; Saturday, June 8, 2013; 7:00 am – 8:00 am, Texas 4]
Wake up early for a change on Saturday morning and be part of a face-to-face discussion with subject matter experts on the top 10 skills needed by imaging informatics professionals. Brush up, learn, and start on your path forward to becoming an informatics ninja.
2. Data Mining — From Why to How [Learning Track 7, Mining Your Data – Business Intelligence and Analytics; Saturday, June 8, 2013, 8:00 am – 9:30 am, Texas Ballroom A]
In today’s health care environment, data is king. The key however is to transform data into intelligence. This informative session describes various aspects of data mining and quality improvement, with the faculty promising to detail how best to extract data from third-party vendors through real-world strategies.
1. Quality, Quantity, or Both: Can You Really Have It All?! [Closing general session; Saturday, June 8, 2013, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Texas Ballroom A]
What better way is there to end SIIM than to listen to experts Dr. Katherine Andriole, Dr. David Weiss, Dr. Gary Wendt, and Dr. J. Raymond Geis duke it out as they discuss how best to leverage IT innovations as we march forward to the drums of “better, faster, cheaper” health care.