E-Health Insider Live 2010 will host this year’s UK PACS and Teleradiography Group meeting, to provide delegates with an insight into next generation picture archiving and communications systems.

The group is a special interest group of the Royal College of Radiologists and includes radiologists, radiographers,  healthcare IT professionals and PACS managers.

It runs a very active public forum with more than 3,000 registered users, in which a where wide range of clinical IT and technical issues are debated and best practice is shared.

However, group chair Dr Neelam Dugar, said it was acutely aware of the need for PACS data to become more closely integrated with other clinical records: "Hence our interest in sharing this meeting with the wider e-health community."

PACS has been a major success for the NHS, but there are challenges ahead. "We realise that today’s PACS solutions are creating radiology data silos, and that very soon NHS trusts are going to feel the strains of increasing storage requirements," said Dr Dugar. 

"The PACS technology of today is outdated and no longer meets our clinical requirements for the future.

"At our Autumn meeting we will focus on Next Generation PACS and the impending move from the DICOM standard to XDS (Cross Data Sharing) /XDS-I (Cross Data Sharing – Imaging)."

The meeting will be open to everybody who registers for the conference at EHI Live 2010, which is a two-day conference at exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham from November 8-9.

Meeting sessions will include talks from Shannon Web from Accuo Technologies, who will describe technical architecture for next generation PACS, Harm Jan Wessels from Forecare, who will explain how existing HL7 and DICOM applications can be made XDS compliant, and Mark Clarke from Hitachi who will discuss how to deal with enterprise storage consolidation.

EHI Live 2010 is an essential two day conference and exhibition for anyone in the e-health community.

Online registration for the event, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham from 8-9 November, is now open.