DIAM - assessing radiology IT maturity for hospitals and imaging centres
The Digital Imaging Adoption Model (DIAM), launched at ECR 2016, was jointly developed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Europe and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) to support organisations in planning and implementing imaging IT.
The model is the first of its kind worldwide and comprises ten focus areas essential to the digitisation in imaging IT. These areas include patient engagement, personalised medicine and clinical documentation, amongst others.
Similar to the HIMSS Analytics EMR and Continuity of Care Adoption Models, DIAM has 8 stages, with Stage 0 indicating low maturity and Stage 7 representing advanced maturity. One significant difference is that the highest three stages in DIAM reflect specialised branches that can be achieved separately.
Organisations will need to master at least one of these for Stage 5, two of them for Stage 6, and all three for Stage 7.
Participants complete a survey that gathers information on the current imaging IT environment at their institution. The DIAM survey enables institutions to utilise a structured approach for assessing imaging IT infrastructure.
More than 40 hospitals from 12 countries have already taken the DIAM survey and benefit from their individual gap report, metrics for benchmarking on different levels (region, country or global), recommendations for IT system improvement and other practical advice. Several DIAM workshops will be organised at major radiological events in different countries and free DIAM introduction webinars are planned for the upcoming months.