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Improving the quality of Imaging Services

Dr Tony Newman-Sanders, National Clinical Director, DiagnosticsDr Tony Newman-Sanders, National Clinical Director, Diagnostics

News and updates from todays Radiology Information Systems and PACS conference looking at 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.

Delivering the Paperless and Filmless Hospital: Improving the quality of Imaging Services
Dr Stephen Fenn
, Consultant Radiologist, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Pre-Conference Abstract
The National PACS Program brought about great changes in how hospitals handled imaging data internally. This presentation covers the next steps towards truly paperless and filmless solutions, both within departments and at the national scale, set against a backdrop of evolving government projects and new sharing technologies.

The second part focuses on the challenges facing imaging as we approach 2020, with discussion of the potential technical solutions to the worsening manpower crisis which threatens to engulf radiology.
Full PowerPoint Presentation

PACS with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: The future of radiologists
Dr Neelam Dugar, Consultant Radiologist & Clinical PACS Lead, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Pre-Conference Abstract
The Question on everybody’s mind is: “Will artificial intelligence replace radiologists?” The answer is “no”. I think it will make radiologists smarter.  IBM Watson is already developing a “radiologist’s assistant” using AI. Without knowing it, radiology departments are already very familiar with artificial intelligence adoption. The voice recognition technology that we use in our everyday practice in radiology is a form of artificial intelligence. During my presentation, I will discuss definitions of artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. I will show how computer-aided detection have evolved from rule based algorithms to machine & deep learning algorithms. I will also discuss integration of artificial intelligence into radiologist reporting workflow using DICOM standards. My message to PACS vendors-- integrate CAD servers into PACS workflow using DICOM standard, to allow for early and successful adoption of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is here to stay. AI will provide value added radiology with improved efficiency and accuracy of radiology reports. NHS Trusts must look at procuring AI integrated PACS in future. My message to RIS vendors is to integrate with CAD servers for HL7 ORM updates for raising priority of reporting (when an abnormality is seen by CAD). My message to radiologists is be prepared and redefine yourselves. Learn from the Kodak story. Change reporting practices from “detection” to “actionable reporting”. In the AI era radiologists will be expected to provide value added radiology.

Developing the role of the PACS Radiographer
Alexander Peck, Chair of the Informatics Group, The Society and College of Radiographers

Pre-Conference 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.

National Update
Dr Tony Newman-Saunders
, National Clinical Director for Diagnosis and Imaging and Clinical Director Diagnostic Imaging, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare

Dr Newman-Sanders presented  an overview of the role of National Clinical Director for Diagnostics and the main elements of NHS England’s approach to Diagnostics with a particular focus on the increasing role of technology in delivering the diagnostic imaging requirements of the 21st century NHS. He finished his presentation with the following key messages:

•Importance of Diagnostics has never been more widely recognised
•Vision of truly personalised medicine will have a major impact on the way we think about diagnostic imaging
•Maximum value from treatments especially medicines
•There are significant and growing challenges to meeting the expectations of colleagues and patients
•Key policy drivers will help meet some of these
•Need to work creatively together to articulate and meet some of the others
•NCD  doesn’t have all the solutions but is uniquely placed to work across the system to try and find solutions
Full PowerPoint Presentation

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