Three new tracks of educational sessions--specifically geared toward image sharing, improving efficiencies in the reading room, and new archival storage models such as cloud computing--highlight changes in the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine's Annual Meeting. SIIM 2011 is scheduled for June 2-5 in National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C.

Back this year is the "Learning Series" on June 5 but with expanded topics, says Anna Marie Mason, SIIM executive director. New items for the hands-on labs include data mining, dashboard technology, and managing wikis (collaborative Web sites) and nagios (open source I.T. monitoring software). Another new offering is an ice cream social "meet-up" to let students and residents meet with presenters and other industry veterans who can serve as mentors.

The pre-conference Imaging Informatics Bootcamp returns to assist PACS administrators in preparing for their certification examination. Students, physicians, vendors and other attendees also are welcome to participate in the all-day event on June 1. "It's a good basic course on the fundamentals of imaging informatics," Mason says.

This year's meeting comes during significant change within the industry, including health care reform, the meaningful use incentive program and a growing debate over radiation dose limits. "Reforming Health Care Through Informatics" is the theme of the meeting, Mason says.

More information is available at siimweb.org.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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