The roles of picture archiving and communication system administrators and radiology information system administrators is changing as they need a new skill--data analyst, says Christopher Meenan, M.D., director of clinical informatics for diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center. “The ability of these folks to understand and interpret data for their leadership is becoming critical.”
These administrators know the data that they have; the challenge is how to get it out of the systems, structure it in usable formats, synthesize the data and provide a uniform view of insights to leadership. Meenan will co-present an educational session at SIIM2013, the annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, to teach the basics of data mining and explain how SIIM’s Workflow Initiative in Medicine, called SWIM, can support analytics.
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