Sharing a vision for imaging informatics’ future development and its growing
importance globally, two longstanding collaborators, the European Society of
Medical Imaging Informatics (EuSoMII) and the Society for Imaging Informatics
In Medicine (SIIM), signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
“We have been working on formalising this partnership for several years,”
said Dr. Erik Ranschaert, president of the EuSoMII. “We have
to join forces in order to improve digital innovation for the benefit of the
patient,” he added.
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According to James T. Whitfill, MD, CIIP, Chair of SIIM, “The relationship between SIIM and EuSoMII is one that already has yielded incredible benefits for the medical imaging informatics community. We look forward to a fruitful and productive future together.”
The ultimate goal of this development is the creation of an international
multidisciplinary platform to involve all disciplines relevant to the field of
imaging informatics. This will benefit all stakeholders, including
radiologists, clinicians, engineering and computer science professionals, data
scientists, imaging informatics professionals, industry, managers and policy
makers. Promotion of medical imaging informatics among trainees in radiology,
engineering, and computer science is another priority, since the younger
generation “is confronted with an ever-ongoing digitisation of the medical
profession,” as Dr. Ranschaert has put it.
Education, research and certification of professionals in imaging
informatics will be the focus of this new collaboration, including creation of
statements and guidelines, publishing white papers and educational material, and
offering online teaching courses and webinars.
“We hope to see many joint scientific and educational projects in the
future,” emphasised Prof. Dr. Elmar
Kotter, vice-president of the EuSoMII. “The exchange on the board level
will allow us to better strengthen the links between both societies and to
better represent common interests.”
Professor Sotirios Bisdas, member of the EuSoMII board and
chair of the Professional Relations committee, pointed out that best clinical
practice and research in Radiology was a global endeavour. “EuSoMII and SIIM
have come together to reaffirm the importance of the unity of scientific
research, and the willingness to educate and promote knowledge for the multidisciplinary
professionals across Europe and the United States,” he said, expressing hope
for future similar arrangements to accelerate development of radiology.
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