With numerous references to cloud computing in the session rooms and ever more vendors offering a cloud option at SIIM 2012, I couldn’t help wondering what it would take to push customers into the cloud.Then I had a personal epiphany on the subject: Often, it, takes a catastrophe. I used three different devices to gather and shape content on this excursion—tablet for notes and blogging, phone for photos, laptop for editing magazine layouts and airplane writing—moving among devices to do different tasks, sometimes emailing information gathered on one device to another device. If my data
Back to the future
Sorting through the marketing speak and technical jargon on the exhibit floor and then syncing it with what you hear in the sessions to get to what is really happening under the hood of commercial medical imaging informatics probably isn’t possible in two days. Here are a few impressions. Please add yours in the comment section below.
After several years of stagnation, a fundamental shift is underway. Both in session rooms and on the exhibit floor, there was a pervasive sense of expectancy, a newfound can-do determination to re-imagine medical imaging informatics in the context of
Game of Thrones
On the exhibit floor, more vendors discussed new partnerships than new technology, turning the exhibits into a kind of Game of Thrones (without the prurient interest), with alliances forming daily.
Bayer Healthcare announced a partnership with dose-monitoring software company Radimetrics at SIIM, bolstering It’s goal of bringing it’s QC, BI, patient-centered solution to the market. “Our first foray is dose management solutions,” says Anthony Cinalli, Bayer veep of strategic marketing, informatics. Bayer began by acquiring Medrad and its Certegra product for managing the use of contrast, from setup at the power injector to execution management
The good news for Ranjan Jayanathan, RadNet CIO, is that two of the nation’s largest imaging center chain’s sites in Brooklyn just successfully attested to Stage 1 meaningful use of health IT. The integrated solution features RIS and PACS from eRad (wholly owned by RadNet) and a report-generation solution featuring M*Modal’s NLP technology, and is certified as a full ambulatory EHR. “It went way better than we expected,” he offers.
The bad news for Jayanathan is that he has at least 230 additional sites to make attestation-ready in 2012. That will involve replacing a dozen
An estimated 95% of radiologists are believed to be eligible for meaningful use dollars, but just 230 are in receipt of their first payments, and 85 of them belong to University Radiology Group in New Jersey, where Alberto Goldszal, MBA, is CIO. Time flies, so the rest of the specialty best make haste to get into compliance, because penalties will be assessed beginning in 2015.
Stage 1 is all about collecting data, much of which has not been collected before. Goldszal, MU guru Keith Dreyer, DO, vice chair of informatics at MGH (attesting in 2012 for Stage 1), and Sheryl Streich of CDI,
SIIM-bound: 30,000 feet over nashville
Honestly, if this plane flew right over Orlando and around the world, I still wouldn’t finish all of the work I have in my bag, so I am taking a few minutes to post a pre-SIIM blog entry from the sky. Where better to ponder what lies in store at the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine?
I can’t help but wonder what I will find on the exhibit floor. Let’s face it, these are hard times in the world and radiology has taken more than its fair share of