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An update on how stage 2 for meaningful use will affect radiology from an expert who recently testified on Capitol Hill, a discussion on whether reading medical images off a smartphone is safe, and how PACS should work in cardiology are some of the topics that will be covered at the third annual New York Medical Imaging Informatics Symposium.

The one-day event will be held at the N.Y. Marriott Marquis in Midtown Manhattan on Sept. 10.

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"This is one of those fields that changes rapidly," Dr. David Hirschorn, the founder of the NYMIIS and the director of radiology informatics at Staten Island University Hospital, the event's sponsor, told DOTmed News. "To me it's a shame that there's such great technology out there, and so many people don't know about it."

The symposium, designed for radiologists, department administrators, radiologic technologists, hospital executives and cardiologists, is meant to be a sort of regional version of the Society For Imaging Informatics in Medicine's annual meeting, held earlier this year in Orlando, Fla., said Hirschorn, who has been a SIIM member for over a decade.

Attendees can earn continuing education credits, both AMA category 1 credits and ASRT CE credits, from attending the seven speakers' talks, including presentations from PACS pioneer Dr. Eliot Siegel from University of Maryland and Dana Barnes, who's leading health IT efforts in New York City with the Department of Health and Human Hygiene.

Meaningful use and mobile phones

Hirschorn, who has met with the Food and Drug Administration on behalf of the American College of Radiology about mobile imaging products, is himself giving a talk that touches on whether images seen on smartphones and tablets are adequate to render a medical diagnosis.

The mobile field is also leading to innovations that could benefit all radiologists, he said, something else he might bring up in the talk. For instance, MIM Software's mobile image viewer, Mobile MIM, introduced the tap test, which asks the radiologist to identify subtle cues on the screen and tap on them once they're found. The point is partly to ensure that the doctor is viewing the screen under the right lighting conditions, but Hirschorn said the technology could even make it to desktop workstations as it helps confirm that, say, the doctor's vision is OK.

"What's beautiful about the tap test, is that it tests the entire chain: display, environment and human being," he said.

Possibly the hottest topic at the show will be new meaningful use regulations, Hirschorn said, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released final stage 2 rules only last week. Dr. Keith Dreyer, a Harvard Medical School professor who chairs ACR's IT and Informatics Committee and has spoken to Congress about MU, and Michael Tilkin, ACR's chief information officer, will both address this issue, he said.

Exhibitors and registration

For the past two years, the show has had about 170 registered attendees, with 50 or so exhibitors from companies such as Agfa, GE Healthcare, McKesson and Siemens, Hirschorn said.

"A lot of the vendors come into the talks, because they want to learn something, too," he added. "Especially meaningful use. When Keith Dreyer got up to speak (last year), the entire exhibit hall emptied out (of) exhibitors."

To register, go here.

DOTmed is a media partner of NYMIIS

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