February 2015

HIMSS Europe and European Society of Radiology (ESR)
Partners to address future challenges of radiology

This new partnership will see information technology and radiology become more closely aligned, will open the market to vendors, and will establish a new radiology IT maturity model.

Berlin/Vienna, February 2015– The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, HIMSS Europe, and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) have described their partnership as a “signal for the necessary interdisciplinarity and interoperability in medicine and Information Technologies (IT).”

“Radiology is already more closely tied with Information Technologies than any other medical discipline, so a partnership with HIMSS Europe was only a matter of time,” explains Professor Guy Frija, ESR Past President.

The partnership between HIMSS and ESR in the areas of big data, business intelligence as well as archiving and structured medical reporting will be integral in ensuring future challenges in radiology to be met. At the heart of the partnership will be the evaluation of IT-based processes in medical imaging as well as future applications of benchmarking insights.

“We also hope our partnership with HIMSS Europe will create a greater awareness especially among IT companies for the innovative potential which has always been inherent in radiology and which will continue to shape the discipline – most importantly for the benefit of patients,” adds Professor Frija.

“As an organisation leading efforts to optimise health engagements and care outcomes using information technology, this collaboration with the world’s biggest radiology society is a logical step in Europe for us,” says H. Stephen Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS. “The flow of patient information is a cornerstone of ESR’s philosophy and therefore dovetails with our global mission of ‘bettering healthcare through IT’. Together, ESR and HIMSS are advocating advances in healthcare delivery through the use of technology that will result in better and safer patient care.”

In addition to a joint project group whose aim is to establish an imaging IT maturity model, the collaboration focuses primarily on the development and consolidation of interdisciplinary IT/radiology topics, such as data mining, dose watch, structured medical reporting and enterprise-imaging. To ensure these topics remain firmly fixed on the agenda, they will be regularly addressed by HIMSS and ESR and the topic of eHealth added to the agenda of the European Congress of Radiology.

Assuming that the significance of radiology will increase not just for medical reporting but in terms of the entire lifecycle of an illness, from prevention through to the monitoring of the effectiveness of a treatment, then IT will also play an increasingly important role in imaging. This partnership should align the members of ESR and HIMSS on the same level of knowledge about benefits and possibilities and provide food for thought in both directions, perhaps even leading to joint developments and projects.

In a first step HIMSS Europe will be staging two satellite symposia on Imaging IT at the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna from March 4 to 8, 2015, which will primarily address interdisciplinary demands on hospital radiology departments, and how they can be supported with IT solutions.

European Society of Radiology (ESR)

The European Society of Radiology (ESR), founded in February 2005, is one of the largest medical societies in the world, currently with 62,793 members. The primary tasks of the ESR include the organisation of the European Congress of Radiology (ECR), the leading annual meeting in radiology; the harmonisation of teaching programmes throughout Europe; the maintenance of EIBIR – European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research; the coordination of teaching activities within as well as outside Europe (ESOR – European School of Radiology); and assistance in raising training standards and the level of radiological services throughout the world.


HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organisation focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimise health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

HIMSS Europe is part of HIMSS, a cause-based global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world.
Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 55,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organisations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organisations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.