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

This one day conference examines how to work with digital imaging, radiology information systems and PACS to deliver the national ambition of a digital and filmless NHS. The conference addresses national developments, new models of radiology care including an update from the radiology vanguard site which emphasizes a move towards a collaborative clinical network approach, getting the most out of RIS and PACs through effective workflow and systems design, and how to integrate them with other Trust systems and Electronic Patient Records.

There is also a focus on improving the clinical end user experience, interoperability standards, sharing radiology images across organisations, data migration, home reporting, the role of specialty systems, the role of information systems in moving towards a 7 day service and delivering real time bedside imaging to improve patient care.

The day also features pre conference supplier showcase where suppliers will be demonstrating their systems and how they can support your organization to deliver digital imaging in practice.

Speakers updates and Presentations:

New Models of Radiology Care: Learning from a radiology consortium vanguard site Improving clinical collaboration within radiology services and delivering access to patient radiology images at the point of need

Nicola Kennedy Head of Radiology & Diagnostic Pathway General Manager

With Penny Storr Programme Director - EMRAD (ICT Services) Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • 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
  • developments at the EMRAD vanguard site

Nicola Kennedy and Penny Storr Full Presentation Click Here

In there presentation Nicola and Penny Stated: 

"We are EMRAD’ East Midlands Radiology Consortium. We are now in 7 trusts and 12 hospitals."

"Each trust learnt and supported each other when we went live, but we suggest you get up to date before going live as it took about 9 months to get up to date."

"All the radiologists said – it’s a pilot but can we keep going. – We have 20 radiologists across the East Midlands using this."

"We are happy with how it has gone as we now have improved our cancer performance."

"What we have learnt is the best way to get anything done is Sharing & Collaboration."

Nicola Kennedy Biography:

Nicola qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990 and worked for 10 years in secondary care, primarily in neurology and stroke rehabilitation. On completion of a Masters in Applied Health Studies in 2000 she moved into IT Change Management across primary and secondary care followed by a Service Improvement Lead role in the acute Trusts in Nottingham. During this time she was selected as a Health Foundation Leadership Fellow, undertaking a two year programme of national leadership development. Following two years as the Deputy General Manager for Diagnostics and Clinical Support she moved into the role of Head of Radiology at NUH in 2010. From Jan 2016 to Jan 2017 she was also appointed as a member of the NICE Diagnostic Guideline Committee which explored the development of diagnostic services guidelines.

Penny Storr Biography:

Penny originally started her career as an Out Patient Manager at the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. Penny then moved on to work for nearly twenty years in the commercial healthcare arena with companies such as McKesson Healthcare, Accenture and CSC.  Penny decided to come back into the NHS taking on the role of Programme Director for the East Midlands Radiology Consortium (emrad) Consortium in 2013. Penny is senior business healthcare professional with extensive knowledge of the healthcare market in the UK and USA. With experienced in project/product management, customer relations, strategic planning, business development, development and delivery of software applications for the public and private healthcare markets.

Penny also competes with her horse Scarlett, taking part in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing competitions in the East Midlands when time permits!

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

  • dispelling the myths of jobless radiologists
  • AI could make radiologists jobs more interesting
  • role of AI in radiology interpretation
  • information governance and digital imaging sharing
  • integrating AI into PACS and radiologist workflow is key to success

In her presentation Neelam stated: 

"Artificial intelligence is very relevant to us in Radiology. It gives us much more accurate detection than what a radiologist eyes can see."

"Integrate Artificial intelligence, its here, its useful, its more efficient, its smarter and it improves patient safety."

"We need to change mind set from detection to actionable reporting."

"I don’t believe we are going to talk ourselves out of a job, it is here to help improve what we do, to make us smarter."

Dr Neelam Dugar Presentation 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.

Dr Neelam Dugar Biography:

Dr. Neelam Dugar is a Consultant Radiologist & Clinical Lead for RIS-PACS at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust. She takes a keen interest in Health Informatics. She was Chairman of UK Imaging Informatics Group between 2007 to 2012 and Vice President of Informatics Stream of the UK Radiological Congress 2013-2015. She has been appointed as Informatics Advisor to the Royal College of Radiologists.  Her own hospital has recently replaced both PACS and RIS, and is currently implementing a XDS based VNA. She has tried to influence the direction of radiology informatics both nationally and internationally.

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

Alexander Peck 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 Peck Biography:

Alexander Peck 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:

Digital Imaging 2017: Radiology Information Systems and PACS
Wednesday 12 July 2017 
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

24 April 2017


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