The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) held its first-ever town hall on Dec. 2 during its Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The topical focus of the town hall, which attracted hundreds of the nearly 28,000 attendees, was “Image Sharing: Empowering Patients and Improving Communications.”
The new session at the major radiology industry meeting was partly the result of a contract RSNA signed recently with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to help radiology sites make imaging studies more available to patients. The contract supplies RSNA with $5.3 million over two years to work on the effort.
“The RSNA Image Share network can improve quality, safety and efficiency while engaging patients and families in their own care,” says Dr. David S. Mendelson, chief of clinical informatics at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in a statement.
The RSNA meeting featured keynote lectures by:
• Dr. Damian E. Dupuy, professor of diagnostic imaging at Brown University
• Dr. Irving Weissman, professor of pathology at Stanford University School of Medicine
• Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state
• Dr. Paul M. Harri, chair of the human oncology department at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine