MITA Minute September 21st, 2015

Industry claims success at International Medical Device Regulators Forum meetings

MITA and our partner associations held the 2nd annual DITTA Standards Workshop this week at the 8th meeting of the International Medical Device Regulators Forum in Kyoto, Japan. In addition to advocating on behalf of members on several international regulatory priorities, the DITTA workshop successfully conveyed MITA members’ concerns and positions regarding international standards as part of regulatory systems. With over 100 attendees made up of regulators, industry, and other stakeholders, regulators and industry came to mutual conclusions on how to improve the standards process and regulatory systems around the world. MITA looks forward to working with DITTA and IMDRF to make the changes needed to streamline and build accountability in international standards.

MITA Submits Comments to CMS on CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On September 8, MITA submitted comments to CMS on the CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. The text of MITA’s comment letter may be found here: http://www.medicalimaging.org/2015/09/04/mita-comment-letter-on-cy-2016-pfs-proposed-rule/

DICOM

The DICOMweb™ Workshop 2015 was held, last week, hosted by the Radiology Department of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Medical School, in Philadelphia, PA.  Over 90 people attended, exceeding the expectations of the organizers.  The attendees came from around the world, and in all roles within the medical imaging community (clinicians, vendors, integrators, and more).

The presentations given during the conference may be found here. ftp://medical.nema.org/MEDICAL/Dicom/Workshop-DICOMweb-2015/

The presenters included radiologists and medical imaging informatics experts including a multi-person delegation of the Veterans Administration, which alone manages over 6 billion DICOM images.  The talks included both technical details as well as forward thinking of the future of medical imaging informatics.

DICOMwebTM is a collection of new capabilities that have been defined and added to the DICOM Standard.  They facilitate easier and more secure access to medical images and related data through the use of internet technologies – the same technologies that Google and Facebook use – and create increased efficiency and opportunity for analyzing this data.