SIIM 2012 The Future is Here

Some say that our industry is 10 years behind others in terms of technology adoption. However, after the first day at SIIM 2012, it seems to me that it is not necessarily the case.

Yes, the general opening session Q&A could have been a live, Twitter-based format, rather than via fast and furious test messaging. And some argue that we need WiFi-enabled conference rooms to be as connected as we think we should be.

But the reality is that some health care providers are already far down the path of the “future” that was portrayed in the opening session. Using social media for live brain surgery training? Leveraging crowdsourcing to select new technology, thus empowering the eventual users? This is innovation! The medical imaging community has already begun exploiting the benefits of connectivity.

The same can be said for mobile medical imaging diagnostic and viewing solutions. Clinicians and solution providers are embracing a wide range of mobile devices, for which they are pioneering an extensive variety of innovative approaches.

The Imaging and Informatics community is already using leading-edge technology to transform and improve the physician and patient experience. The future is already here, and it only promises to get more interesting!

Kudos to Safwan S. Halabi MD, Henri Ford Sytems and Carl Miller, MD, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions for their inspiring presentations.

Rural Community Hospital Delivers Big-City Standard of Care

The InteleOne Ripple Effect: Kentucky’s Monroe County Medical Center

Patients of a small, 49-bed acute-care hospital in rural South Central Kentucky receive the same high-priority attention and have access to the same medical specialists as their counterparts in large population centers. This is made possible by Intelerad’s InteleOne®distributed radiology solution, which has brought about dramatic changes. “Everything has improved,” said the hospital’s Director of Radiology Services, including turnaround times, quality of care, and referral volume.

To read the full story and view a video interview with Ronnie Davis, Director of Radiology Services, Monroe County Medical Center click here

Regional Hospital Meets Challenge of Seasonal Surge While Improving Patient Care


Trigg County Hospital is a critical access facility serving Western Kentucky’s Trigg County, home to a large recreational area surrounding the region’s popular Lake Barkley. Most of the year, the population of this hospital’s service area is a modest 20,000, but that number can triple in the summer months. This creates unique operational challenges for the hospital. This extraordinary increase in service level is possible due to RIC’s use of InteleOne, a distributed radiology solution from Intelerad that provides seamless access to studies, priors and reports, regardless of where the radiologists – or patients – are located. InteleOne provides a single, highly productive environment in which RIC radiologists efficiently and collaboratively perform real-time professional readings.

To read the full story and view a video interview with Alisa Coleman, CEO of Trigg County Hospital, click here

Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics selects IntelePACS to boost medical imaging and its outreach programs

Intelerad solution to propel radiology workflow using InteleViewer, Multi-Method Reporting and the InteleConnect portal.

“Intelerad was selected for many reasons, among them its people and outstanding service offering, but it is the IntelePACS performance and reading workflow that really impressed our radiologists and will enable their home and remote reading capabilities,” says Jean Ann Breedlove, CIO of Children’s Mercy. “IntelePACS will also allow us to extend radiology as a service component of our outreach programs for the region, which is a very important service that we provide to the outlying areas, having a huge impact on how we carry out our pediatric care and respond to emergency trauma cases.”

Read the full press release here

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

In his new book co-authored with Jeff C. Goldsmith, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, Bruce J. Hillman takes a look at the present and future of medical imaging. We have interviewed him at RSNA this year and this is what he had to say. Link to the video

Bruce J. Hillman, MD, is the Theodore E. Keats Professor of Radiology and Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia, and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Jeff C. Goldmith, PhD, is President of Health Futures, Inc. and Associate Professor of

Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia.