There is no better time for the health IT community to come together under one umbrella to raise national awareness of the benefits information technology can bring to the US health system. National Health IT (NHIT) Week is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT. Each year, NHIT Week Partners educate industry and policy stakeholders on the value of health IT for the US healthcare system. Every Tuesday leading up to NHIT Week, our valued partners will share their voice and experience on how they demonstrate the value of health IT
As the executive director of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM), our organization strongly supports NHIT Week, because – as a society, that is what we do – drive technology innovation and education to improve health. Our imaging informatics leaders are realigning the enterprise for new uses cases and challenges to help manage the role of imaging in a complex healthcare environment.
The collaborative HIMSS-SIIM Enterprise Imaging Workgroup develops and implements much of this work. They direct their team efforts toward developing an enterprise imaging maturity model, value proposition, interoperability, and education.
SIIM strives to bring about improvement in patient care by taking full advantage of the capabilities of imaging informatics to advance health imaging IT education, resource development, and innovations. When focusing on technologies with the biggest potential for the future, it takes time to consume new technology and properly integrate them into healthcare. Exploration, planning and change re-defines us to be better providers in novel ways.
Imaging informatics experts are now envisioning how disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality, will integrate into clinical workflow. This reflects SIIM members’ desire to continue to move beyond EMR, PACS and silos to research and create new technology solutions, more efficiency, less variability, and increase value for patients.
Through our collaborative efforts, all of us can support and advance the value of imaging health IT to improve outcomes and the patient experience.