Trainer

Ronald W. Gilbert

PACS Administrator, Imaging Services, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, GA
Instructor: PACS and Imaging Informatics

  • Master of Information Systems Management Health Informatics, Walden University,
  • B.S. Degree in Radiologic Sciences, University of Central Florida,
  • Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) ABII,
  • Registered in Radiography R.T. (R), ARRT

Ron has degrees in BOTH Clinical Healthcare and Information Technology which is useful for the Health Informatics profession as they involve BOTH types of professionals.

Currently, he is employed by the WellStar Health System, which is an 11 hospital organization. He is involved in the strategic planning, architecture design, interoperability schema, and project implementation design for their new Enterprise Imaging Management system. This will tie all facilities together in a common database which will make all information on a patient available through a common electronic portal at the patient’s bedside.

As PACS Administrator for WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, he is CIIP certified with the primary responsibility of serving as the system architect for all Imaging Informatics which include PACS, CPACS, RIS, PowerScribe 360 VR Dictation Systems, Advanced Visualization, Image Exchange/ Image Sharing, Image Enabled EHR and perform and supervise training for these systems. Plan, Spec, and coordinate DICOM and HL7 integrations. Strategic Business Contributions include workflow engineering and optimization, keep current knowledge of emerging technology, coordinate reference site visits/ calls and product trials, evaluate and implement system upgrades and integration, and data analytics.

He has worked for BOTH Clinical Healthcare Facilities or hospitals and a Commercial Vendor in engineering and sales. This included:

  • Healthcare Information Systems Specialist, Eastman Kodak Company, Health Imaging Group, U.S & Canada
  • Manager, Imaging Services, Georgia Baptist Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Also worked as Information Systems Manager, Imaging Services, Program Director, School of Radiologic Technology and Coordinator, Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center, in the same organization.
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor, Radiology, Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. Also, was Staff Technologist, Radiology.
  • Worked in many trade shows, such as Radiological Society of North America.

He also serve as an educator in Imaging Informatics and Technology for formal educational programs and guest speaker at seminars and meetings held by professional organizations. His professional experience of nearly 30 years allows him to share those experiences during the educational programs.

List of Achievements

  • Development QA/QC program for Hospital Imaging Services Department
  • DICOM/HL7 Integration for 132 Modalities
  • Published Articles in Professional Journals
    • 1995 – Straightening the Learning Curve – Advance for Radiology
    • 2007 – Case Study for Advanced Visualization – Modern Healthcare
    • 2015 – AMC Employs Web-based PACS Using SSO… Health IT
  • Certifications for Vendor Equipment Training
    • 18 certificates for training/ system administrator
    • Will provide upon request
  • 2013 – Began Imaging Informatics Instructor for MTMI
  • Implemented and Upgraded Various Information Systems
    • 1988 – Northside Hospital – AT&T RIS
    • 1989 – Georgia Baptist Medical Center – ADAC MARS II RIS
    • 1991 – Georgia Baptist Medical Center – Kodak/Vortech Mini-PACS
  • 1995-2005 – Commercial Experience providing Image management products for customers which include:
    • 45 PACS Systems
    • 5 Vendor Neutral Archives
    • 200+ Digital Imaging Modalities
  • Returned to Healthcare - Implemented Various Information Systems
    • 2005 – Atlanta Medical Center – McKesson PACS Implementation
      • Upgrades 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
    • 2007 – Atlanta Medical Center - McKesson Radiology Manager – RIS
    • 2008 – Atlanta Medical Center –Voice Recognition Dictation System
      • Upgrades 2009 v5.0 , 2013 PS360 v2.5, 2016 v3.0
    • 2008 -  Atlanta Medical Center – Advanced Visualization –Vitrea
      • Upgrades 2010, 2013, 2016
    • 2009 – Tenet Healthcare System – Centralized Image Storage Migration
    • 2012 – Atlanta Medical Center – Cardiology PACS Implementation
      • Upgrade 2015
    • 2013 – Implement Multi-Site PACS – AMC, AMC-South, Imaging Center
    • 2013 -  Implement Electronic Health Record (EHR) – Cerner
      • Upgrade 2015
    • 2013 – Implement Cerner RIS
    • 2014 – Implement Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)
    • 2014 – Convert/Migrate/ Implement Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA)
    • 2015 – Implement Health Information Exchange (HIE) for Images
      • Upgrade 2016
    • 2016 -  Convert/Adapt IT systems to WellStar Infrastructure
  • Enterprise Image Management System – In Progress

Educational Clients

Have presented to the following for official CEU credit:

Institutional Facilities           

  • Medical Technology Management Institute (MTMI) of Herzing University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Gwinnett Technical College, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Georgia Baptist School of Radiologic Technology, Atlanta Georgia

Professional Organizations

  • American Medical Student Association
  • Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Alabama Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Florida Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Atlanta Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Atlanta Society Student & Technologists Seminar
  • Augusta Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Columbus Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Montgomery Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Florida Crescent Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • West Florida Society of Radiologic Technologists

Publications

Atlanta Medical Center Deploys Enterprise-wide, Web-based PACS Using Workflows and Secure SSO Solution Health IT January 2015

This is a case study written by Claudette Lew after interviewing Ron and reporting on the Web-based PACS deployment strategy here at AMC. They have come up with a nice process for getting the appropriate level of functionality available to the providers using the existing access method to other clinical systems, which is a Single Sign On (SSO) application. This greatly simplifies the support and security strategy for PACS workstation software.

http://www.imagingbiz.com/portals/health-it/atlanta-medical-center-deploys-enterprise-wide-web-based-pacs-using-existing-workflows-and-secure-sso-solution