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The ACR Annual Conference on Quality and Safety will highlight the role of AI and informatics in radiology.

Top quality and data science experts will convene to share the latest tools and insights on how AI can be used to optimize business efficiencies and high-level patient care at the 2018 ACR Conference on Quality and Safety. This year’s meeting — to be held in Boston, October 26–28 — will mark the 10th anniversary of ACR’s quality and safety gathering.

“This conference is, traditionally, a yearly opportunity for radiologists and all the professionals within their teams to collaborate and learn about different quality methods and areas they could improve on within their organizations,” says Judy Burleson, ACR senior director of quality management programs. “This year’s conference will be unique in that it’s being held in collaboration with the ACR Data Science Institute™, which will highlight integrating the use of informatics into quality solutions and show attendees new IT solutions that can support quality improvement.”

In addition to the timely emphasis on AI and informatics, this year’s conference will cover the following topics:

• Improving quality infrastructure
• The economics of quality improvement
• Regulatory requirements
• Peer learning
• Algorithm development
• Machine learning
• Learning from error
• Diagnostic accuracy
• Patient-centered care

According to Burleson, the program will be conveyed through presenters, scientific abstracts, case studies and stories. Within the over two dozen sessions spanning two days, collaboration is paramount. “This is a conference meant not just for radiologists, but for the whole team,” says Burleson. “This includes RTs, administrators, and practice managers, anyone who is a quality leader of their organizations.” 

Burleson notes that the organizers encourage and help foster a collegial atmosphere in which attendees interact with and learn from presenters, faculty, other attendees, and their own teams.

“It’s an opportunity for the development of relationships,” says Burleson. “The quality community is unique and the members really relate to each other; there’s a lot of energy and synergy in the group.”

Continuing education credits from the conference—CME and SAM—are available for radiologists and technologists. For more information and to register, visit

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