Appropriateness Criteria for Radiology: Awareness, Utilization, Implementation and Impact


Date & Time: 
Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 8:30 – 5:00

Venue: Post Graduate Center Room# 1, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh

Coordinator/ Chair: Dr. Salahudin Elnaas

Maximum Capacity: NA

Course Description:

This course will explore various aspects of managing radiology referrals. It will be conducted by a well-known international speaker, Professor Lluís Donoso Bach, who is the immediate president of ESR. He is directly involved with the development of ESR iGuide.

The day will focus on introducing the concept of “appropriateness criteria” to manage radiology referrals. The course aims at introducing the well-known concept of appropriateness criteria for all radiology referrals and educating referring clinicians and hospital administrators.   

Who Should Attend:

Radiologists, Technologists, Medical Physicists, Radiology and PACS Administrators, Physicians, and people who work in regulatory agencies.

Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the purpose and the terminology of the appropriateness criteria
    • Educate referring physicians, radiologists and radiology staff on ways to reduce the number of inappropriate outpatient radiology referrals
    • Discuss means to reduce the average waiting time for imaging modalities
    • Discuss ways to reduce total outpatient radiological marginal costs
    • Familiarize delegates with the ACR and other appropriateness criteria guidelines and relevant software packages


Wednesday, February 15, 2017; 08:30 - 17:30
Time Mins    
07:30 – 8:30 60   Registration & Coffee Break
08:30 – 08:40 10  

Chairman Introduction
Speaker:Salahudin Elnaas, MD

08:40 - 09:00 20   Use of Appropriateness in Clinical Practice – Radiologist Perspective
Speaker: Kadria Elhaddad, MD
09:00 - 09:30 30  

Appropriateness Criteria-Clinicians Perspective
Speaker: Mohammad Alshabanah, MD

09:30 - 10:00 45  

Focus on quality not quantity
Speaker: Rania Al-Obari, RPh,CHRM,CPHQ

10:00 - 10:15 15   MORNING BREAK
10:15 - 10:45 30   Design, data collection and statistical analysis for better utilization of resources plus Data from KFSH&RC
Speaker: Edward Devol, PhD
10:45 - 12:00 75  

Implementation of Appropriateness Criteria – ESR Experience
Speaker:Prof Luis Donoso Bach, MD

Topics to be highlighted:
1. Importance of appropriateness criteria from clinical, financial and patient safety stand points,
2. Implementation process - challenges, tips and tricks,
3. Monitoring compliance and analysis of practice including indicators need to be measured pre and post implementation

12:00 - 13:15 60   PRAYER & LUNCH BREAK
13:15 - 16:30 105  

Workshop Session I: Clinical Decision Support System for Radiologists and Clinicians
Speaker: Prof Luis Donoso Bach & NDSC, Mr Marcel Wassink, NCDSC

Physicians, Oncologists and Surgeons

Topics covered during workshop will include:
• Introduction
• Recap on the overall objectives and significance of the ESR guidelines
• Key success factors of clinical decision support and how we address this with ESR iGuide
• Main drivers in radiology supporting the rapid adoption of ESR iGuide
• Showing (live/video)
• the portal of ESR iGuide to demonstrate the workings
• the integration within Cerner Millennium
• the integration within EPIC
• Some reporting and statistical reports and how they can be applied for learning and improvement processes
• A possible scenario to implement ESR iGuide within a hospital, region or country
• Some results of using ESR iGuide in US and European hospitals

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