Join us Online (and get your CE credits) for the First Virtual MIIT Meeting on Fri May 15!

Now Online!

Why MIIT Went Virtual

As someone that has mostly worked from home for over seven years, I understand the value of digital communication and collaboration. In healthcare, we have had many digital tools for more virtual experiences, but have been slow to adopt them. The COVID-19 pandemic has caught many organizations with paper-based and analog processes flat footed.

Education is no different than healthcare and other organizations that have heavily depended on in-person settings. While there is no doubt an in-person conference is more personal and provides social networking opportunities, content can easily be delivered online (the slides and audio are all digital, right?).

This year’s Medical Imaging Informatics and Teleradiology (MIIT) meeting was scheduled to take place in-person in Hamilton, Ontario, just like it has for well over a dozen years. Given the current situation we are all facing, my Co-Chair Dr. David Koff (@koff14) and I were faced with a choice: cancel or try to continue with an online version. As we believe strongly in the importance of imaging informatics education, and the value in this year’s excellent program, we chose the latter.

The first virtual MIIT will take place on Friday May 15, 2020. We have lowered attendee and sponsor rates in consideration of the lower costs of operating a virtual meeting.

Program

We have a great program this year with Dr. Tessa Cook from UPenn, Dr. Vamsi Narra from BJC, Dr. Cree Gaskin from UVa, Les Folio from the NIH, Dr. Adam Prater from Emory, Michael Toland from UMMS, Ted Scott from HHSC, along with Kevin O’Donnell providing an update on the DICOM standard at MIIT 2020 and MIIT’s own Britt Tomlin providing an update on Alberta’s province-wide Connect Care CIS program.

Review the full program here.

Costs

At only CAD$80 per person (which, at the current exchange rate, is only US$57 for our American friends), and with accreditation for CE credits, it is very high value. There are no travel costs and imaging informatics professionals can join from anywhere in the world.

Register using the “Register Now” button at miit.ca.

Sponsorship

Sponsorship of MIIT is still available, starting as CAD$1,000 (~US$715 with today’s exchange rate). Higher tier sponsors are given high visibility with attendees and the opportunity to give a brief talk during the lunch hour.

Be sure to stay top-of-mind among imaging IT decision makers and influencers (from anywhere now) to make up for lost contact at cancelled meetings, conferences, and trade shows!

More information is available here.

More Information

If you have any questions, email us at info@miit.ca.

MIIT20 – Don’t Miss This Year’s Program!

Now Virtual! No Travel! CE & CME Credits!

See updated info in this post!

Medical Imaging Informatics and Teleradiology (MIIT), the one-day educational meeting on imaging informatics, returns to beautiful Liuna Station in Hamilton, ON on Friday May 15, 2020. MIIT has been going for 15 years and this year has a great program with speakers from leading Canadian and U.S. institutions speaking on a range of timely topics, including hot topics like AI, multimedia reporting, change management, and building effective teams, as well as a panel discussion.

We are excited to have Drs. Tessa Cook from UPenn, Vamsi Narra from BJC, Cree Gaskin from UVa, Les Folio from the NIH, Adam Prater from Emory, as well as Michael Toland from UMMS and Dr. Christian van der Pol and Ted Scott from HHSC, providing talks in person or remotely, along with Kevin O’Donnell providing an update on the DICOM standard and MIIT’s own Britt Tomlin providing a talk on the Alberta province-wide Connect Care EMR project.

Program

Check out the full program here.

Sponsorship

Information on sponsoring MIIT is here.

Registration

To register as an attendee or sponsor, click here. All prices are in CAD$.

Standard Physician registration are $200, and healthcare professionals are $150.

Early-bird registration has two deadlines with discounts for early registration. The dates and discounted rates are:

  • Physicians: By 25-Mar-2020, $150; By 27-Apr-2020, $175
  • Healthcare Professionals: By 25-Mar-2020, $100; By 27-Apr-2020, $125

A group discount rate is available to help teams attend.

  • 3-4 registrants: 10% discount
  • 5+ registrants: 20% discount

The above discounts may be applied to the early-bird rates, resulting in big savings for groups that register early.

The registration fees make MIIT very affordable, especially considering the quality of speakers and talks available in a great, easy-to-get-to venue.

AXIS Imaging Interview: Four Options for Image-Display Architecture: A Deep Dive

How diagnostic images get from server hard drives to the screen is a topic of great interest to both industry and buyers of imaging IT solutions. Speed of image access is critical for quality of service and care, along with productivity and user satisfaction.

Different solutions take different approaches to optimize image delivery over varying networks. Many solutions combine more than one software design method to achieve the best possible performance. In many cases, industry or buyers will use jargon, like “streaming”, to apply a simple term to these sometimes complex technical methods.

In a recent article by AXIS Imaging, I describe four common techniques that are used in (and occasionally between) different imaging IT systems to maximize image display speed. The article length limit prevented coverage of additional methods and intentionally excluded IT infrastructure optimizations (for example, faster networks, CPUs, and drives) and the use of irreversible lossy image compression of the images on disk.

Important Article Corrections

Although I followed up with the author about some transcription errors they made in preparing the article language, they were not corrected (at least at the time of posting this), so I am going to note some corrections here.

  1. Where the article states “…radiology practices and departments have options when designing high-speed image display…”, it should state “…radiology practices and departments have options when choosing the solution for high-speed image display…”. Radiology practices choose a solution and that solution will use one or more of the design methods (or additional ones not listed), but the Radiologists don’t choose the methods within the solution.
  2. In subsection #3, the second bullet refers to a condition where pre-caching is typically not possible (the article states the opposite). If the worklist is a separate application from the image display application, the image display application often has no method of knowing which exams listed are in the worklist, so is unable to pre-cache the images to the workstation. This is not always true, as some worklist applications can expose this information to the image display application through an API, but this is not a universally available capability and does require that a specific integration be developed to support this across the applications.
  3. In subsection #4, where it states “visual design infrastructure”, it should instead state “virtual desktop infrastructure”. People commonly refer to it as VDI.

The State of RIS Today

A lot of attention is paid to imaging IT systems, like PACS and VNAs, and EMRs these days, but Radiology Information Systems (RIS) play a very important role in the success of the Radiology service line within an enterprise.

The industry and market for RIS has changed a lot since their introduction, with two core markets (with different needs) evolving.

I recently wrote an article for HealthCare Business News, titled A tale of two kinds of RIS solutions, on the subject. The article is here.

AXIS Imaging Interview: Three Tips for Setting Up Remote Reading for Radiologists

Remote reading is a hot topic for many working in diagnostic imaging. It is highly desirable for many Radiologists who want to telecommute like the rest of us. And, as cloud-based imaging IT solutions become more popular, the ability to read remotely (Rads won’t be going to the data center to read) will become the standard.

AXIS Imaging interviewed me to get three tips on setting up remote reading for radiologists. The article is here.

AXIS Imaging Interview: How to Prepare a Successful Vendor RFP

AXIS Imaging recently interviewed me to get three tips on preparing for a Request for Proposal (RFP). The article is here. Enjoy!

There are obviously a lot more recommended practices when doing an RFP, but these three are always good to consider. I tried to provide guidance that applies to both IT and equipment purchases.

SIIM19 – Will I See You There?

In less than two weeks, the SIIM Annual Meeting will be taking place at the newly opened Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado. I am looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, along with learning lots of new information.

This year, I am (co-)chairing three sessions and participating in a fourth. Here is a summary (my role). All times are in local MT.

If it is your first annual meeting, I recommend you go to the First Time Attendee Meet-up on Tue 25-Jun at 6:15 pm in the Adams C/D Lobby room and attend the New Member Orientation: Intro to SIIM session on Wed 26-Jun at 9:45 am. Jim and Rick are great educators and mentors.

Also, be sure to check out the pre-conference sessions, the Hackathon and Innovation Challenge events, as well as the #AskIndustry, Learning Lab, and Scientific sessions. And be sure to put the SIIM 2019 Reception on your calendar. It is great to connect with peers and review the scientific posters.

While you are on-site, don’t forget to share information and activities (and selfies!) using the SIIM Twitter handle @SIIM_Tweets (remember to follow SIIM for great info on imaging informatics throughout the year!) and the official 2019 Annual Meeting hashtag: #SIIM19.

I hope to see you there!