Besides being a great place to walk off all those Thanksgiving Day calories, the cavernous twin exhibit halls of the RSNA Annual Meeting
here in Chicago will offer up the latest trends and technologies in radiology. This year is no exception, especially for those looking to learn more about PACS, informatics and interoperability.
Indeed, the meeting’s theme itself – The Power of Partnership
– points toward the growing prominence of interoperability not just in radiology, but throughout all of healthcare as the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use (MU) and other legislative measures make their impact.
The meeting, which unfolds Dec. 1-6 at the McCormick Place Convention Center, features more than 100 sessions that highlight and reflect the growing importance of, and demand for, IT tools and technologies that promote interoperability among radiologists and other healthcare providers. Here are just a few worth checking out:
• Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE®)
Exhibit Booth 8140, North Building, Hall B
This perennial feature of the world’s largest conference for radiology professionals offers demonstrations by care sites and commercial vendors of IHE® methods for sharing image-enabled electronic health records and radiation dose information. All demonstrations take place regularly every day during exhibit hours.
• Navigating the Regulatory, Reimbursement, and Compliance Landscape or Land Mines!
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., MSAS41, Room S105AB
This presentation, sponsored by the Associated Sciences Consortium, will help attendees analyze key legislative issues that will impact radiologists in 2014. Radiologists can learn about the trends and issues with audits in radiology and imaging to prepare for regulatory changes, including best practices for ICD-10 transition and implementation.
• DICOM Image Lifecycle Management - Reducing Cost by Applying Rules- Based Deletion
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 3:10 p.m.-3:20 p.m., SSM11-02, Room S403A
Managing and storing medical images can quickly evolve into a costly endeavor. Carol Joseph, RN, will discuss how Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, has effectively tamed the costs of expanding PACS storage by using policy-based deletion to manage its image archive with near-zero growth.
• Latest Developments in Meaningful Use: Ask the Experts
Thursday, Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., RC626, Room E451A
Presented by Keith Dreyer and Michael Peters, this session will enable radiologists to hear about firsthand strategies that hospitals and health systems have used to achieve meaningful use for their radiologists. By gaining insight into recent and upcoming regulatory changes, radiologists can then decide how their practices should respond to the program.
Of course, Merge Healthcare will also be on hand at RSNA. Stop by and visit us at booth #2529 to discover how advanced interoperability can help your practice or department reduce costs while preparing for regulatory change. We can’t wait to see you!
What sessions are you planning to attend this year?