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. DIAM has 8 stages, stage 0 indicates a low level of maturity in imaging IT and stage 6 represents a very advanced imaging IT system in the department, including enterprise – widely available imaging IT infrastructure, workflow and process security and fully integrated and digitised image management.
We are pleased to announce that DIAM Stage 6 has been achieved for the first time ever. King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) Riyadh is the first facility in the world to reach this high level of recognition in radiological imaging. Experts from DIAM, Professor Peter Mildenberger (ESR) and Jorg Studzinski (Director Research and Advisory Services, HIMSS Europe), visited the hospital to validate achievement of DIAM Stage 6.
“Congratulations! King Abdulaziz Medical City’s commitment to achieving advanced maturity in its imaging IT capabilities is now validated with the attainment of DIAM Stage 6. To provide context, we have assessed 41 hospitals on the DIAM across the globe, with the average DIAM score being three. KAMC is well ahead of the curve. This focus on using information technology to improve imaging processes is leading to better care for patient involvement and communication,” said Professor Peter Mildenberger, from the ESR.
KAMC Riyadh is part of a group of hospitals operated by and providing services for the Ministry of the National Guard. Its next goal is to attain DIAM Stage 7 within the next six months.
“King Abdulaziz Medical City Riyadh is the first in the world to achieve this high level of imaging IT maturity in radiology. Alongside its Stage 6 achievement, KAMC Riyadh also possesses strong capabilities regarding health information exchange and patient engagement as well as analytics and workflow security. I am confident they will reach their Stage 7 vision soon,” said Jörg Studzinski, Director Research and Advisory Services, HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Analytics.
The achievement will be officially recognised during ECR 2018 – more details to come soon.
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