SIIM/RBJ Announce Winners of the Top 5 Medical Imaging IT Projects of 2012

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The Top 5 Medical Imaging IT Projects of 2012 monitor CT radiation exposure; improve access to patient information; integrate visible light imaging into PACS and EMR; and stream pathology images across oceans.

“This competition recognizes innovation, and this year’s entries were exemplary in their ability to solve problems and meet unmet needs,”

MAY 14, 2012—One project soars over the EMR seeking relevant patient information. Another crawls through PACS to match studies with specific priors and then perform complex algorithms. Others monitor patient CT radiation dose, assist in study protocoling, and provide a portal for partners in China to access contemporaneous pathology interpretations.

All five projects were selected as the winners of the Top 5 Medical Imaging IT Projects of 2012 in an annual juried competition, co-sponsored by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and Radiology Business Journal (RBJ).

Judged on a matrix of five criteria by a SIIM panel of six judges, the architects of the five winning projects will present their work and discuss the innovation process at the annual SIIM meeting in Orlando, Florida, in a Hot Topic Session at 3:45 PM on June 7. The winning entries will also be featured in the June/July issue of RBJ.

The winners are (in alphabetical order): Tessa Cook, MD, PhD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, for the RADIANCE Toolkit for Customizable CT Dose Monitoring; Nathan Cross, MD, MS, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, for the RAPTOR system, decision support for contrast risk-assessment and protocol assignment; Bradley J. Erickson, MD, PhD, FSIIM, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota, for a DICOM-enabled workflow engine; Richard L. Kennedy, MSc, CIIP, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Sacramento, California, for Integration of Visible Light Imaging with Enterprise PACS and EMR; and Gonzalo Romero Lauro, MBA, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania, for The Digital Pathology Consultation Portal.

“This competition recognizes innovation, and this year’s entries were exemplary in their ability to solve problems and meet unmet needs,” says Cheryl Proval, editor of RBJ and VP, publishing, imagingBiz, Tustin, California.

“The contest is a part of an ongoing SIIM strategy to recognize and encourage innovators,” according to Anna Marie Mason, executive director of SIIM. “With the generous support of Bayer, the winners will all receive scholarships to attend SIIM 2012 and present their work.”

“In health care, the right technological advancements have the potential to shorten the time between testing, diagnosis, and treatment, and this year’s entries show great promise,” says Anthony Cinalli, vice president of the informatics business at Bayer HealthCare Radiology & Interventional, which provided an educational grant to underwrite the competition.  “At Bayer HealthCare, we were pleased to be involved with this important project.”
About imagingBiz. Founded by longtime industry veteran Curtis Kauffman-Pickelle, imagingBiz includes a portfolio of specialized publications delivering business intelligence to hospitals, imaging centers, and radiology practices.

About SIIM. The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine is a health care professional organization that seeks to spearhead research, education, and discovery of innovative solutions, new technologies, and applications to improve the delivery of medical imaging services and the quality and safety of patient care. The 2012 SIIM Annual Meeting ( takes place June 7-10 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

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