Earlier this year, Brad Levin, Visage Imaging’s General Manager, North America wrote a commentary, Radiology Has Solved The Problems of Going Digital, published on the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) Blog. Shortly thereafter, Brad partnered with SIIM on a brief Internet survey about the challenges related to contemporary imaging informatics. The results of the survey were presented at the annual SIIM conference, they spawned an infographic and a follow-up commentary published on the SIIM Blog, Survey Results Paint Mosaic of Problems and Opportunities for Radiology.
Technology has always played a pivotal role in imaging informatics since the earliest practices first converted from film to digital. Since that time, the adoption of state-of-the-art technology has resulted in tremendous productivity gains, improvements in access, enhanced quality and timeliness of interpretation, etc. The American College of Radiology (ACR) is now promoting Imaging 3.0, which is an impressive call to action to all radiologists. While not explicitly stated, there’s an underlying assumption that the industry is satisfactorily operating at Imaging 2.0. Based on the previously mentioned research, there appears to be a gap between where imaging informatics actually is and where imaging informatics aspires to be. Visage Imaging can help to rapidly close that gap.
Whether a byproduct of organizational self-reflection, or an industry-wide call to action, it’s clear we’re at an exciting crossroads for imaging informatics. Forward-looking organizations are responding, seizing the opportunity to break from the status quo, strategically investing in innovative technologies, overcoming the problems of the past and leading into the future.