Radiology Informatics Committee

The Radiology Informatics Committee (RIC) advises the Clinical Radiology (CR) Faculty on the use of informatics in diagnostic imaging and develops relevant standards and guidelines.  The Committee meets three times a year and reports to the Professional Support and Standards Board. 

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The RIC is responsible, on behalf of the CR Professional Support and Standards Board, for assisting the Faculty in developing methods of advancing radiology using Information Technology.   

The Committee is chaired by the CR Informatics Adviser, and includes industry representatives alongside appointed members of the Faculty.  The CR Vice President, CR Medical Director for Professional Practice, CR Medical Director for Education and Training, and the President are ex-officio members.

Full details of the Committee’s remit can be found in the terms of reference. 

If there are any issues that you would like to raise, please email the chair of the Committee, Dr Neelam Dugar, via the Professional Support and Standards Administrator.

2018 meeting dates

  • Friday 28 September

Dr Neelam Dugar, Radiology Informatics Adviser, Chair

Ex officio members
Dr Caroline Rubin, Vice President
Dr Andy Smethurst, Medical Director, Professional Practice
Dr Andy Beale, Medical Director, Membership and Business
Dr William Ramsden, Medical Director, Education and Training
Dr Nicola Strickland, President
Dr Matt Williams, Clinical Oncology PSSB IT adviser
Dr Michelle Mak, Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Board representative

External Representatives
Ms Moira Crotty, Society of Radiographers
Dr Philip Scott, HL7-UK representative
Mr John Victor, Convenor of AXrEM PACS / RIS Specialist Focus Group
Dr David Harvey, IHE-UK and DICOM representative

Appointed members
Dr Daniel Fascia
Dr Najeeb Ahmed
Dr Nick Hollings
Dr Paul Sookur

Co-opted members
Dr Rhidian Bramley, RCR member of HSCIC Digital Imaging Dataset Governance Board
Dr Hugh Harvey, for Artificial Intelligence expertise

1.    To advise the Clinical Radiology (CR) Faculty on the use of informatics in diagnostic imaging.

2.    To be responsible on behalf of the CR Professional Support and Standards Board for all activities in 1 above, notably:

a)    To advise the Faculty of Clinical Radiology on matters relating to Information Technology in radiology including the Electronic Patient Record, Picture Archiving Communication Systems, Teleradiology, Radiology Information Systems, hospital information systems, Alert systems and remote electronic requesting (order communications).

b)    To assist the Faculty in developing methods of advancing Radiology using Information Technology.

c)    To act as an interface between the College and other professional bodies involved in Informatics in medicine.

d)    To be informed of and advise on relevant policies involving the Department of Health in all 4 UK nations.

4.    To bring for approval to the Professional Support and Standards Board any publications associated with its work.

5.    To work as required by the Professional Support and Standards Board with other boards, committees, sub-committees or working parties within the Faculty, or with the Faculty of Clinical Oncology on related activities with an Informatics component.

6.    To work in a cost effective manner and monitor the impact of its activities.

7.    The CR Informatics Group is accountable to the Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board and will report to each meeting of the Board on its work.

 

Membership

8.    Chair

The CR Informatics Group will be chaired by the Clinical Radiology Informatics Adviser (a CR Fellow of the College who is in active clinical practice and in good standing with the College at the time of their appointment).  In his/her absence the CR Informatics Group will be chaired by another Clinical Radiology Fellow of the group.

9.    Ex-officio members

  • Clinical Radiology Medical Director, Professional Practice
  • Vice-President, Faculty of Clinical Radiology
  • Clinical Radiology Medical Director, Education and Training
  • President, RCR
  • Treasurer, RCR
  • Clinical Oncology Informatics Adviser

10.  The ex-officio members of the CR Informatics Group will not be expected to attend each meeting in person. They may participate for some or all of a Board meeting by teleconference or videoconference by prior agreement of the Chair.

11.  Appointed Members

  • There will be four appointed members who will serve for a term of three years.
  • Appointed members will be Fellows of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology and resident in the UK and shall be in active clinical practice at the time of their appointment.
  • Applications from Fellows for appointed membership will be ranked against the person specification by a selection panel comprising the CR Medical Director Professional Practice, the Vice President Clinical Radiology, the Radiology Informatics Adviser and two elected members of Faculty Board.

12.  Any appointed member of the Informatics Group shall cease to hold office if s/he fails to participate in person or by video/teleconference in two consecutive meetings of the Group without providing an explanation which the Chair considers satisfactory.

13.  Co-opted Members

The CR Informatics Group will have up to four co-opted members, who will be co-opted for a period of 3 years;

1 x RCR representative on the Health and Social Care Information Centre DiD (Digital Imaging Dataset) Governance Group

1 x Structured Reporting Project Lead

14.  Nominated Members

Nominated members will be sought as follows:

1 x SCoR representative

1 x UKIIG representative

1 x Industry representative

1 x RCR Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Board representative

1 x Standards body IHE-UK representative

1 x Standards body HL7-UK representative.

Where appropriate, representation from other stakeholders and /or the devolved nations would be sought for particular workstreams.

15.  Confidentiality and Data Protection

Members will need to abide by any stated or implied confidentiality that attaches to the work of the CR Informatics Group during or after any period of membership.

Members will need to comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 as regards processing and disclosure of any personal data where it is made available to them as part of the work of the Board.

Chair

16. The CR Informatics Group will be chaired by a Clinical Radiology Fellow and in his/her absence by another Clinical Radiology Fellow on the CR Informatics Group. The Chair will be appointed for a three year term of office, renewable for an additional three years.

17. The duties of the Chair include:

  • Chairing all meetings
  • Ensuring that the Terms of Reference are observed
  • Engaging all members of the CR Informatics Group in the work being done
  • Ensuring regular reports are made to the Professional Support and Standards Board Ensuring that relevant matters are drawn to the attention of the CR Medical Director Professional Practice, CR Vice-President, the CR Professional Support and Standards Board or CR Officers as appropriate

Operation

18. There will normally be three meetings of the CR Informatics Group in each College year.

19. At meetings of the CR Informatics Group, six members (i.e. one CR Officer and five Radiologist members) shall form a quorum.

 

Approved by Clinical Radiology Faculty Board 22/10/15

 

The minutes of meetings held over the last year are available to members and Fellows of the College.  If you would like to see the minutes of earlier meetings please contact the Professional Support and Standards Administrator.