ASRT Foundation Hosts Manufacturers and Related Organizations

May. 17, 2016

HCIAC PromoQuality and sustainability through education was the theme of the 2016 Health Care Industry Advisory Council Summit.

The annual gathering took place in Manalapan, Florida, May 3-5, 2016, and drew 31 representatives from 11 organizations, primarily medical imaging and radiation therapy equipment manufacturers. Attendees included vice presidents, senior directors and managers from the following organizations who are responsible for applications training and marketing initiatives.

Organizations that were represented include:

  • Accuray
  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • ASRT Foundation
  • Canon U.S.A.
  • GE Healthcare
  • Hologic Inc.
  • Medical Imaging Consultants Inc.
  • Philips Healthcare, North America
  • Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc.
  • Varian Medical Systems

The summit featured several speakers. Kevin McDermott from AIM Specialty Health discussed online assessment tools and their place in accreditation. Specifically, he focused on OptiNet, an online assessment tool his organization developed, and how it is changing the landscape in radiology quality initiatives.

Daniel Mollura, cofounder of RAD-AID International, focused on the ASRT Foundation’s international community outreach program. Foundation outreach fellows Melissa Culp, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(MR), and Kaitlyn Ryan, B.S., R.T.(T), joined Daniel and explained how important the outreach work is to developing countries around the world.

Ann Obergfell, J.D., R.T.(R), dean of the College of Health and Human Services for Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, discussed the growing role of technology in training medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. She focused on what to expect in the future and what implications this trend holds for the industry.

Attendees received organizational updates from ASRT Chief Executive Officer Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, and ARRT Executive Director Jerry Reid, Ph.D. Council-facilitated presentations focused on white papers used in applications training, and best practices in recruiting and retaining applications specialists. Rounding out the summit were presentations covering a day in the life of a radiation therapy professional, a day in the life of a medical imaging informatics professional, ASRT membership demographics and data from a customer panel.

The Council provides a forum for industry partners to work collaboratively on issues in the radiologic sciences. Companies pay to be a part of the Council, and the Foundation uses those funds to further its mission to support and empower medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals and students as they pursue opportunities to enhance the quality and safety of patient care.

Learn more about the Council by visiting the program’s web page.