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Digital Imaging 2017: Radiology Information Systems and PACS: News and updates

This one day conference examined how to work with digital imaging, radiology information systems and PACS to deliver the national ambition of a paperless and filmless NHS, improving imaging services and timeliness.

Speakers and presentations

Delivering the Paperless and Filmless Hospital: Improving the quality of Imaging Services

Dr Stephen Fenn, Consultant Radiologist, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • the role of RIS and PACS in delivering the goal of a paperless NHS: integration with Electronic Patient Record Systems
  • further opportunities for redesigning radiology services: including extending services to weekends and out of hours, and home reporting
  • issues around disclosure of results and timeliness of reporting
  • what the future holds: new generations of PACS and imaging informatics

Dr Fenn shared his experience of moving towards a filmless and paperless hospital.  He said they have been successful in becoming filmless but becoming paperless is much more of a challenge.  Nationally targets for becoming a paperless NHS have been moved and it's now unlikely to happen until at least 2023 according to Dr Robert Wachter in his review into the digital future of the NHS.  Dr Fenn looked at the challenges of becoming paperless in radiology at the different stages - upstream i.e. referrals coming in, downstream with electronic reporting to GPs, and during which is predominately paper-based workflow where every incoming request is printed and diaries are mixed electronic and paper.   Considering paperless solutions Dr Fenn said he's not convinced about the use of tablets, he said they are expensive, fragile, easily infected and can go missing, also a good wireless network is needed to use them efffectively. Dr Fenn went on to look at the challenge of the new 28 day faster cancer diagnosis standard which will be rolled out from April 2018, and setting up radiology networks to support that ambition.

Dr Stephen Fenn's Full Presentation Click Here

Dr Stephen Fenn has been a Consultant Radiologist at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2010, specialising in Urological imaging and non-vascular intervention. He is a regular speaker at national IT conferences and was a contributing author on the RCR’s guidance document ‘Sustainable future for diagnostic radiology’. Following his clinical lead role in the recent RIS/PACS procurement, he is now the Trust’s IT Lead for Radiology. He is an active member of numerous suppliers’ User Groups, in addition to the UK Imaging Informatics Group.

Service Transformation through new technology: Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative update

Dr Nick Spencer, Consultant Radiologist & Clinical Lead, Regional Imaging Collaborative Yorkshire

  • working together to deliver access to radiology images at the point of need
  • developing a shared technical system to support network wide clinical care
  • developing new arrangements between hospitals for sharing staff, services and resources to improve the quality of care provided to patients

Dr Nick Spencer’s Full Presentation Click Here

Nick has been an NHS Radiologist for 20 years, designing and delivering new services as part of a number of leadership roles at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, working within the West Yorkshire region.  A strong advocate for multi-professional Radiology service delivery, Nick has been working as the clinical lead for the RIC-Y Programme for more than a year. An imaging enthusiast, he is also a believer that technical solutions can bridge some of the capacity gaps in UK imaging services.

Developing the role of the PACS Radiographer

Alexander Peck, Chair of the Informatics Group, The Society and College of Radiographers

  • developing the role of the PACS Radiographer
  • career progression

Pre-Event Abstract: 
For many years, Informatics has been an established speciality within the Radiology department, with wide dependencies throughout the healthcare environment on its accurate outputs and continued stable running. Radiology Systems Management (PACS Management) is a complex and challenging role, balancing the internal limitations of Information Technology with Clinical needs and desires. Radiographers currently form the bulk of the workforce in this area, and with the 'PACS Radiographer' profession now in existence for many years a career pathway with defined stages has already taken shape. Today, we look at what a typical career pathway is for Radiographers in Systems Management, the current trends and possible opportunities for development.

Alexander is a diagnostic radiographer heavily involved in Informatics throughout his career, Alexander is the Chair of the Society & College of Radiographers IM+T Advisory Group and Communications Lead for the British Institute of Radiology Clinical Intelligence & Informatics SIG. Formerly the Information Systems Manager at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, he is the director of a medical informatics consultancy firm plus organiser of the highly popular national non-profit informatics education for Radiographers and PACS Professionals. Alexander has been awarded Chartered I.T. Professional status by the British Computer Society and is the author of a number of informatics texts.

Future events of interest:

Measuring & Monitoring Clinical Quality
Friday 22 September 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Data Quality and Clinical Coding for Improvement
Monday 2 October 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Delivering a Paperless NHS: Intelligent Electronic Document Management in Healthcare
Monday 9 October 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Setting Up and Running Virtual Clinics
Wednesday 6 December 2017
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

12 July 2017


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