"Royal College of Radiologists PACS and Teleradiology Special "
Royal College of Radiologists PACS and Teleradiology Special Interest Group Business Meeting 17.15 25th June 2003, QEII Conference Centre, London Attendees: 18 members Chair: Dr David Lloyd 1. The financial statements of the group were not available as the Treasurer had been unable to attend at short notice. It was noted that the meeting held in conjunction with CARS2003 had been expensive, but that the sponsorship money had more than covered this and that it had raised the profile of the group considerably. 2. The chair requested suggestions concerning use of surplus sponsorship funds in future. A number of suggestions were made viz. sponsorship of Eastern European radiologists, sponsorship of SpR research or study visits, development of a ‘Road Show’, sponsorship of a lecture at the UKRC, sponsorship of work on PACS environments. No firm conclusion was reached due to time constraints. 3. The position of the PACS SIG wrt to the RCR IT Committee was discussed. It was emphasised by Nicola Strickland that the SIG was held in esteem by the RCR and was regarded as a ‘feeding arm’ to the IT committee. A particular discussion was held on advice re quality and standards of reporting and clinical review VDUs and it was considered that this was something that the RCR should provide advice to members about. There was further discussion led by Grant Shaw regarding quality of VDUs available to clinicians for initial diagnosis when radiologists were not readily available and it was agreed that each PACS should have an appropriate number of higher specification VDUs available in critical areas – e.g. A&E, Admission wards, ITU, Chest clinics – although for general review usage standard 17” plus VDUs sited in appropriate areas (low light/non glare) were adequate. 4. For the next meeting members wished to focus part of the meeting onto areas for research. Portsmouth would be asked to host the next meeting in November and Grant Shaw and the Group Secretary would discuss this with Dr Fiona Witham. 5. Dr Stephen Davies gave an overview of the present situation as seen from the RCR IT Committee of the English NHS PACS procurement programme as being developed by the NPIT programme. This is attached to the whole meeting record as a PowerPoint presentation. The topic raised an animated discussion, but the situation should be clarified soon and will be a topic for talks at the next meeting when representatives of the English NPIT project will be asked to present. 6. The meeting closed at 18.00. Dr Keith Foord (Group Secretary)