AGFA Insights: SIIM 2024 Key Takeaways

Jason Knox, Radiology Product Manager, presents a few thoughts on Enterprise Imaging, Catching Up and the Cloud!

I’ve been in the Imaging industry long enough to recall when SIIM was known as SCAR (Society of Computer Applications in Radiology). While locations have changed and technology has advanced, this particular tradeshow has managed to maintain its identity and sense of community.  SIIM is different and stands out from  other tradeshows I’ve attended; it’s smaller, offering better opportunities to connect with customers, time to catch up with former colleagues, and navigating an exhibit hall that is completely walkable in 30 minutes, not 8 hours.   Combine this with an agenda and faculty that is solely focused on Imaging IT and you have a recipe for a great experience all around.

This year, SIIM celebrated 10 years of Enterprise Imaging, which is important, as it marked a notable shift towards better understanding and managing imaging work done beyond traditional radiology walls.  The successful HIMSS-SIIM partnership continues to strengthen, resulting in many practical published whitepapers as well as significant advancements over the years.

On the social side, the welcome reception was very well attended, providing a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and colleagues in a wonderful location overlooking the water.  Despite the early 6:30am start, the annual 5K Fun Run/Walk brought together a variety of athletes to test their fitness level on a scenic route that hugged the Potomac River’s edge.  While nobody there qualified for the upcoming Paris Olympics, I’m not aware of any major injuries which is a win in my books.

From the educational perspective, SIIM provided a balanced, well-thought-out agenda with topics including:

  • the IIP bootcamp and meet up
  • an Epic User Group meeting
  • Lectures by leading minds on topics including AI, Cloud, Workflow, Digital Pathology, and…did I mention AI?
  • Multiple industry panels including Image Exchange and a standing room only session on Cloud adoption and considerations

Over the years, SIIM has had to evolve to stay relevant and interesting.  In my view, SIIM24 delivered on its goals of education, training, and community while continuing to evolve with AI, Cloud, and Enterprise Imaging content at the forefront.

We are already looking forward to the food trucks at SIIM25 in Portland!

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