News Release

HIMSS and SIIM Align to Advance Enterprise Imaging Strategies

February 24, 2016

While healthcare organizations are making great strides to manage patient data within an electronic health record, imaging data from across the continuum of care is often widely unmanaged, or even, missing from the patient’s electronic health history.

HIMSS and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) have aligned to form the HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup with enterprise imaging thought leaders to tackle these challenges. This experienced group of health IT professionals understand that incorporating enterprise imaging results within the patient’s electronic health record offers many potential benefits, but the process adds challenges as well.

“Despite widespread electronic health record implementations, many patients and doctors find the majority of their clinical data lies in poorly integrated diagnostic image, documentation image, and clinical scanned document silos,” says Dr. Christopher Roth, vice chair of radiology and director of imaging informatics strategy at Duke Health. “HIMSS and SIIM collaboratively are addressing the interface between EHRs and image capture, storage, distribution, viewing, information, technology and governance needs faced by health enterprises today.”

The workgroup creates a platform for sharing enterprise imaging strategies, creating awareness that images are an essential part of the electronic health record, inclusive of, yet broader than the more pervasive Radiology or Cardiology domains.

Together, HIMSS & SIIM have established the workgroup to:

  • provide education,
  • support standards development,
  • address current challenges, and
  • develop tools to accommodate the changing environment that expands the imaging domain across the healthcare enterprise.

“Hospitals are struggling to manage all of the images their providers acquire while caring for patients, and the workgroup provides a forum to share best practices and establish standards with the goal of providing organizations with the information they need to develop an effective enterprise imaging management plan,” says Dr. Alex Towbin, associate chief, Department of Radiology; Neil D. Johnson Chair of Radiology Informatics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

In its first year, the workgroup has actively addressed important concepts and considerations, resulting in the publication of several whitepapers, including:

  1. Enterprise Imaging Governance: Needs, Models, and Intents to Consider
  2. The Current State and Path Forward for Enterprise Image Viewing
  3. A Foundation for Enterprise Imaging
  4. Orders Versus Encounters Based Image Capture: Implications Pre- and Post-Procedure Workflow, Technical and Build Capabilities, Resulting, Analytics and Revenue Capture
  5. Workflow Challenges of Enterprise Imaging
  6. Technical Challenges of Enterprise Imaging
  7. Considerations for Exchanging and Sharing Medical Images for Improved Collaboration and Patient Care

Access summaries of the workgroup whitepapers and read additional blog posts

“This joint effort between HIMSS and SIIM highlights the importance of this topic and provides timely resources that offer organizations insights on how to manage and share imaging data across the enterprise,” said Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, HIMSS vice president, informatics, HIMSS North America.


About SIIM
The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine represents more than 2000 healthcare professionals with interest in enterprise information and image management. SIIM is a not-for-profit organization focused on education, clinical practices, research, and innovation in the field of imaging informatics. The society is committed to actively contributing to the development and advancement of imaging informatics professionals and scientists worldwide and to improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare. Follow us on Twitter @SIIM_Tweets and #ImagingIT.

About HIMSS North America
HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 61,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Health IT Week, HIMSS Innovation Center, HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.


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Posted Under: Electronic Health Record