PACS and Imaging Informatics Professional Training

October 22-26, 2018, Hilton Garden Inn Orlando International Drive North Orlando, FL, USA

Training Objectives

  • This program will present an overview of the principal skills needed for a career in healthcare Imaging Informatics and modern diagnostic image management.
  • Lectures and interactive exercises on topics including PACS, RIS, DICOM, HL7, IHE, VNA, and EHR integration.
  • Focused preparation for professional certification as an Imaging Informatics Professional such as CIIP or PARCA.”
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Instructor(s) of this course

Andrea Poli

MS Electronical (with focus on Bioengineering)
MS Clinical Engineering,
MS Management of Clinical Engineering

Adjunct Professor of “Standard and Interoperability in health” at University of Trieste (Italy)
PACS Implementation Expert

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Ronald W. Gilbert

MS Information Systems Mgmt, Health Informatics
BS Radiologic Sciences, RT(R), CIIP

Manager, Enterprise Imaging & Informatics, WellStar Health System, Atlanta, GA
Instructor: PACS and Imaging Informatics

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Prepare for CIIP Exam

ASRT Approved 37 Category A CE credits


Imaging Informatics is an integral part of a career as a Diagnostic Imaging professional. It is used to describe the management of many forms of information that are associated with diagnostic medical imaging and is not limited to PACS, but all the systems it is integrated with such as Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), and their management. This program will present an overview of healthcare Imaging Informatics and preparation for professional certification like CIIP, which is often
a requirement for the PACS related jobs. This will include CIIP reviews, mock tests, etc.

You will leave with an understanding of:

  • PACS/RIS/HIS systems, their role, architecture, installation, the integration and the workflow
  • Understanding radiology practices, clinical workflow, modalities, type of images and clinical needs, organization, etc.
  • The major standards in the e-health sector and how to use them: DICOM, both semantic and communication; HL7 standard, it’s semantic and use. How to simulate a DICOM and HL7 network; connect DICOM and HL7 node and exchange information; basic troubleshooting.
  • Interoperability, IHE profiles of IT domain related to radiology, as XDS and XDS-I
  • New trends in imaging technology: PACS/RIS as web application, html5 viewer, streaming and more; cloud PACS and its pros & cons; extending PACS to other medical specialties.
  • VNA, deconstructed PACS, VNS installation, how VNA can solve some of the issues in radiology department as well as in the entire hospital.
  • How to assure quality, safety and security in the radiology department, Grayscale Standard Display Function, digital certificates, http, tls, vpn and many more
  • What is needed to comply with the policies of Regulatory Agencies such as HIPAA, MQSA, and HITECH.
  • What is included in a Needs Assessment for Imaging Informatics and how it meets strategic goals; the elements of a feasibility study such as Cost-Benefit analysis and ROI; technical specifications for software, hardware, and service and how they impact selection criteria
  • The Project Management process, scope, risks and constraints, tools for monitoring progress such as collaboration, timelines , and a variety of charts and lists (PERT, GANTT chart, milestones, critical path, tasks, and schedules).
  • Review of CIIP testing guide, understanding the test structure with content weighting and testing rules. Experience a simulated CIIP Certification examination under simulated testing conditions.
  • Mock Examination simulation up to 3 hours allowed. Evaluation of simulated examination responses by examinee and reason for that response if incorrect. Discussing the rationale behind the appropriate answers during a group review and how to retain the knowledge.
  • PACS/RIS Administrators
  • Radiologic Technologists (RTs)
  • IT Engineer (RIS/PACS)
  • IT Support Engineer
  • Clinical staff with knowledge of medical standards
  • NM Technologist
  • Biomedical Imaging Professionals
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Radiology Informatics Specialist
  • Medical lnformatics Specialist
  • Radiology Administrators
  • Chief Radiology Tech
  • Radiologist, Radiographers, MRI coordinators
  • Clinical Automation Manager
     
  • Health Departments
  • Health Authorities
  • Medical Cities
  • Private Hospitals
  • Imaging & Diagnostic Centers
     
  • Presentations & Lectures
  • Mock test-Simulation of CIIP Exam
  • CIIP Review testing
  • Assessment and Group Discussions
  • Interactive exercises & use cases
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Course material & Handouts
  • USB device with all material
  • Study binder
  • International buffet Lunch with coffee/tea breaks
     

ASRT Approved 37 Category A CE credits.

Recognized by the ARRT 

Note: In order to receive certificate, you must attend the entire program.

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Orlando, Florida, 32819, USA
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Accommodations are not included in the training fee. To reserve the room, please visit hotel web page at https://goo.gl/usKv92

Standard laptop will be needed for the exercises, better with Windows OS.

We have tried to provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. Please check below.  Should you need further assistance, please email us at Kevin.mckinney@acsazp.com or PACS.TRAINING@ACSMB.COM.

Why to invest in this training?

  1. It carries 37 ASRT Approved Category A Credits.
  2. Preparation for CIIP Exam.
    • CIIP Review of Testing Elements: exam preparation of estimated test content.
    • Mock Examination - simulation of CIIP examination under expected test conditions.
    • Examination Review - proper exam responses and answer questions
  3. It’s a great certification recognized world over. A certification, from the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII), demonstrates that an individual has mastered the necessary technical, clinical, and business skill sets to invest in quality improvement, be at the forefront of the profession, and innovate within the field of imaging informatics.
  4. The PACS and Informatics Professional Training course includes instruction and exercises on all of the items in the current content guidelines from the ABII website https://www.abii.org/docs/Test-Content-Outline-2017.pdf . Doing a comparison of the ABII Test Content to the course schedule and objectives in the brochure should show how ACS will accomplish this.  A student in this course will gain education in what ABII, ACS, and others feel are essential skills needed to be a professional in Imaging Informatics whether the goal is taking the certification test or expanding their knowledge to advance their career. 
  5. Develop your value as a CIIP and transition into a new role as a leader in the enterprise.
  6. Insufficient quality training on the PACS subject worldwide.
  7. Experienced trainers from Europe and US, who know ins and outs of the subject.

I have an IT background. How about taking career more toward the IT side of it with PACS?

  • The CIIP would be a preferred credential when seeking a position with healthcare IT systems. It is not only for PACS, but all informatics associated as well and how to implement and support them.
  • Also, Informatics is becoming a larger part of all Imaging Technologists duties, and if they have this training they will be more proficient. They will also be able to be creative with workarounds in case there is a problem and they will be a hero.
  • Technologist input is helpful for any system changes or upgrades, and the more they understand, the more good ideas they can contribute. Course equally good for Radiologic Technologists (RTs) and will help them in their line of work

I'm Radiologic Technologists (RTs). Will this course help me in my line of work?

  • This PACS course is intended as an overview and review of most of the key skills used with PACS and informatics. Although there is emphasis on Certification, it also serves well as a comprehensive overview of PACS without many “deep dives” into specific subjects like DICOM and HL7 that other courses offer for experienced PACS Administrators. If you have an interest in expanding the knowledge or future career move into PACS, this will be a good course for you.
  • Since the course has ASRT Category A credits, it would count for all ARRT CE requirements. There are plans to have content specific requirements at some point, but Imaging Informatics is part of all of the ARRT credentials.

Is this course useful for those vendors who sell in this industry and don’t want to be “in over their head”?
The good thing about this course is that it’s a little bit about everything and being on the commercial side it would help you understand the perspective your customers hold of their vendors.

Does this course makes you eligible to take the exam?
You need 7 points total under the ABII qualification requirements, but the PACS Course will give you 2 points for CE on Imaging Informatics, which count towards CIIP exam qualification ( see https://abii.org and look at tab Seeking Certification)

Do we need laptop or equipment?
Yes, laptop will be needed for the exercises, better with Windows OS.

What is CIIP?
Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP), a certification from the American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII), demonstrates that an individual has mastered the necessary technical, clinical, and business skill sets to invest in quality improvement, be at the forefront of the profession, and innovate within the field of imaging informatics.

How to Become a CIIP?
Check here: HTTP://SIIM.ORG/PAGE/BECOME_CIIP

How do I register to take CIIP exam?

All the information to sign up for exam is on the ABII - The American Board of Imaging Informatics website under Certification Guidelines.  OR check this: https://siim.org/PAGE/BECOME_CIIP

It includes how to select a location to take the computer based exam under Pearson VUE Testing centers. 

Will this seminar give me all information I need to pass this exam?

The PACS and Informatics Professional Training course includes instruction and exercises on all of the items in the current content guidelines from the ABII website https://www.abii.org/docs/Test-Content-Outline-2017.pdf . Doing a comparison of the ABII Test Content to the course schedule and objectives in the brochure should show how ACS will accomplish this.  A student in this course will gain education in what ABII, ACS, and others feel are essential skills needed to be a professional in Imaging Informatics whether the goal is taking the certification test or expanding their knowledge to advance their career. 

Is there any discount offer?

Early Bird Discount​

  • 15% discount till August 24, 2018: $ 2,525/participant
  • 10% discount till September 21, 2018: $ 2,673/participant

After Sept. 21, 2018, price will be full as $ 2,970

Note:
On top of early bird discount, there is 5% additional discount
on group of minimum 4 participants

I am already CIIP certified, so how this course will benefit me?
You’ll have chance to update your knowledge and earn ASRT Approved CE Credits.

I am already CIIP certified; will these credits be applicable to ABIIs continuing education requirements?
These are ASRT approved, so are applicable to ABII. Also recognized by ARRT.CIIP Credits have to be related to one of the content categories in certification. And this course has them all.

Is it important to attend the complete course for getting CE credits?
Yes, it is.

What is ASRT?
American Society of Radiologic Technologist (ASRT) is the premier professional association of people working in medical imaging and radiation therapy

What is the benefit of getting ASRT membership?
ASRT membership helps you advance your career, keep up with continuing education, advocate for your patients, network with colleagues and much more.

I live outside USA. Can I become ASRT member? If Yes, why and how?
Yes, members who are not registered with the ARRT and live outside the United States can become ASRT members. For more details, i.e. why and how to become International ASRT member, check here: HTTPS://WWW.ASRT.ORG/MEMBERSHIP/JOIN-ASRT/MEMBERSHIP-CATEGORIES/INTERNATIONAL

I am not a member of ASRT, so how this course or CE credits will benefit me?
If you’re not ASRT member, the ASRT approved Category A CE credits will still have lot of value to your career growth. However, the requirement of CE credits will depend upon the policy guidelines of your country and may also be of your organization.

Why continuing education (CE)?
In today's health care environment, being a professional means more than just doing your job well. Technological advances and shifts in our nation's system of health care delivery demand that the professional radiologic technologist pursue continuing education just to keep current. Continuing education gives radiologic technologists a way to maintain competency and prevent professional obsolescence. It benefits technologists, the patients they serve and the profession as a whole.
Since 1995, continuing education has been mandatory for radiologic technologists registered by the ARRT. The Registry defines a continuing education activity as one that is "planned, organized and administered to enhance the knowledge and skills underlying the professional performance that the technologist uses to provide services to patients, the public or the medical profession. To qualify as a CE activity, it must provide sufficient depth and scope of a subject area."

What is Category A credit?
Category A activities are those evaluated and approved by a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM). Because the ASRT is a RCEEM, any activity approved by the ASRT is awarded Category A or A+ credit. When choosing your CE activities, look for Category A or A+ approval.

What is the relation between ARRT and ASRT, SIIM and ABII?

  • The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is a credentialing organization, not a professional society. ARRT is the world’s largest organization offering credentials in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy. It certifies and registers technologists in a range of disciplines by overseeing and administering education, ethics, and examination requirements. Although they support the professional growth and development of our registrants, their main purpose is to assess and recognize qualified individuals in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy.
  • ASRT is an organization for professionals in radiologic science. Members enjoy access to CE, peer-reviewed journals, a member magazine, and discounts on products and services. ASRT is an ARRT-approved RCEEM+ for CE credits.
  • Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) is professional organization at the nexus of medical imaging and information technologies. It seeks to spearhead research, education, and the discovery of solutions to advance imaging informatics and patient care. The interdisciplinary organization allows physicians, administrators, health information professionals, technologists, scientists, and engineers to learn from one another.
  • American Board of Imaging Informatics (ABII) is a non-profit organization that sponsor the Imaging Informatics Professional Certification program and awards the Imaging Informatics Professional designation to the qualified candidates. Funded by SIIM and ARR, ABII offers national certification program that defines the standards for demonstrated knowledge and competence in the medical imaging informatics.

How long this CIIP certification will be valid?
The CIIP is good for 10 years, where there are requirements, including taking the exam again to be recertified.  Here is the web link HTTPS://WWW.ABII.ORG/DOCS/10-YEAR-CERTIFICATION-REQUIREMENTS.PDF HTTPS://WWW.ABII.ORG/MAINTAINING-CERTIFICATION.ASPX. The four options for the 10-Year Requirements include: Practice, Education, Research, and Examination. Only one of the four options must be completed during the compliance period and pre-approval by ABII of the activity selected by the diplomat is not required. CIIP started in 2007, so this year is the first group who will need to re-certify.

Is there any preparation that I need to do before attending this course?
Yes, you need to have good understanding of basics of imaging informatics, standards, etc.

How do I request a brochure?
Go click on download brochure.

Is this course ARRT recognized? Are the topics in this course searchable in ARRT search tool?
Yes. Please search the session topics in the ARRT search took here: HTTPS://APPS.ARRT.ORG/FINDCE/

How to Register?
Please visit registration page on our website at: http://acsmb.com/training/upcoming_training?cid=31 or you may contact us at kevin.mckinney@acsazp.com or PACS.TRAINING@ACSMB.COM

What is the last date to register?
We encourage the participants to register at the earliest and reserve the discounted seats. Late registration will be encouraged to join next available course.

How to process the payment?
You can proceed with payment via online,  bank wire or check.

Course Fee $2,970/Participant

Early Bird Discount​

  • 15% discount till August 24, 2018: $ 2,525/participant
  • 10% discount till September 21, 2018: $ 2,673/participant

After Sept. 21, 2018, price will be full as $ 2,970

Note:
On top of early bird discount, there is 5% additional discount
on group of minimum 4 participants


PACS and Imaging Informatics - Course Schedule

Day 1 - Monday 22 October, 2018
Opening Session

Registration and Intro.

Session One

Hospital Information Systems, Clinical Informatics & Hospital Integration

  • HIS, RIS, PACS, EMR/EHR
  • Ongoing relationship of PACS with HIS & EHR
  • Hospital Integration - CPOE
  • PACS and RIS Integration
  • Clinical Informatics Workflow simulation
     
Morning Break & Networking
Session Two

PACS/RIS- Technical Needs, System Requirements, Scalability, Database, Sizing

  • Network Technology – Protocols(TCP/IP), LAN/WAN, Wireless
  • Storage Technologies- NAS, SAN, DaaS
  • Hardware and Software Components – CPU, Memory, OS, VM, Web
  • Planning and Management – Load balancing, DR, Obsolescence
  • Monitors
     
Lunch Break & Networking
Session Three

Systems Management for Imaging Modalities and Data

  • Management of IT systems – Balancing a cost-effective system while maintaining optimal performance
  • Scalability – Database, storage, servers, network
  • Change management – new modalities, services, software, security upgrades
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity
  • Problem management and troubleshooting
  • Data migration process, strategy, and retention
Evening Break & Networking
Session Four

Interactive Exercises for PACS/RIS

  • Using basic ws functionalities
  • Managing data in a PACS system
  • Integrating a WS, a PACS and a RIS
Day 2 - Tuesday 23 October, 2018
Session One

Standards and Interoperability

  • DICOM – Configuration, validation, services, modality
  • HL7 - purpose, standards    
     
Morning Break & Networking
Session Two

Standards and Interoperability

  • IHE radiology
  • IHE IT: XDS and XDS-I
  • Transactions details
  • Other IT profiles related to radiology
     
Lunch Break & Networking
Session Three

DICOM and IHE Interactive Exercises

  • Simulating a DICOM network
  • Connecting DICOM node and exchanging information
  • Basic troubleshooting
Evening Break & Networking
Session Four

HL7 and IHE Interactive Exercises

  • Simulating a HL7 network
  • Connecting HL7 node and exchanging information
  • Basic troubleshooting
Day 3 - Wednesday 24 October, 2018
Session One

Emerging trends in Healthcare Imaging Technology in context with Integration and Interoperability. Workflow: Dataflow
and Workflow

  • EHR/RIS/PACS/DICTATION/VNA interface – The human component to workflow; optimizing the end user experience
  • Optimizing workflow and automation – The image acquisition and management step to ensure availability of tools, context sharing between applications such as advanced visualization, PET/CT fusion, CAD, mammography tracking, etc
  • Analytics methods and reports
  • Transforming image management and exchange strategy with cloud based integrated solutions
  • Streaming technology as opposed to client-server
  • Image-enabled EHRs - standardization and normalization onto the single platform in a heterogeneous system environment(different PACS systems) with Universal viewer
  • Taking information and turning it into meaningful outcome and workflow with technology-driven tools, i.e., mobile, big data, analytics, etc
     
MORNING BREAK & NETWORKING
Session Two

Advancement in VNA and Enterprise Imaging

  • VNA: Vendor Neutral Archiving
  • Future image and information exchange - Enterprise-wide VNA
  • Building VNAs encompassing all "ologies", i.e. radiology, cardiology, pathology, etc.,not just radiology. Impact of VNA on traditional PACS vendors. Will the game and strategy be changing?
  • Developing a strategy: VNA, MAPS, RIS, PACS, and clinical viewers
  • How VNAs can help to achieve interoperability goals
  • Why should consider a VNA?
  • Requirements of VNA
  • Challenges to set up a VNA, including migration challenges
  • How a VNA can integrate the EMR, DICOM, HL7, MWL, Non DICOM, etc.
  • The future of the VNA: From centralized storage to an information exchange
  • The business case for cloud infrastructure and VNA Software as-a-Service (SaaS)
  • Open source VNA and zero footprint viewer integration framework based on IHE, FHIR and HTML5.
LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING
Session Three

Modality Support

  • Display standards and compliance testing – DICOM GSDF
  • Environmental safety -  Electrical, radiation, magnetic, biological
     
EVENING BREAK & NETWORKING
Session Four

IT and PACS Interactive exercises

  • Importing data
  • Configure PACS network
  • Measuring Grayscale Standard Display Function
Day 4 - Thursday 25 October, 2018
Session One

An Overview of Diagnostic Imaging and Management Operations

  • Quality improvement
  • Compliance with regulatory agencies (HIPAA, MQSA, HITECH)
  • Policy and procedures – Understand the purpose and format
  • User management – Creating and assigning roles and access
  • Management of staffing and ethics
  • An Interactive Management Operations Exercise
MORNING BREAK & NETWORKING
Session Two

Project Management and Imaging Informatics Systems

  • Considerations: PM is part of the Informatics Professionals function to properly represent the facilities interests in the many implementation projects.  To do so, one must understand the PM process and the Project Manager
  • Identifying goals: Scope formation and identifying risks to project success 
  • Feasibility identification: Analysis of facility needs and forming a needs assessment document.  Determination of financial viability with ROI, budget formation, and other tools
  • Project management assessment tools: How to measure if the project is proceeding as planned and evaluate challenges and obstructions. Understanding of monitoring tools and charts  (PERT, GANTT, milestones, critical path, tasks, and schedules.)
  • An Interactive Project Management Exercise
LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING
Session Three

Procurement for Imaging Informatics (II) (which includes PACS and VNA)

  • Needs Assessment for Imaging Informatics and how it meets strategic goals.
  • Elements of a feasibility study such as Cost-Benefit analysis and ROI.
  • Technical specifications for software, hardware, and service and how they impact selection criteria
  • Considerations for specifying a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA)
  • The purpose and differences are for RFI, RFP, and RFQ and contract structure.
EVENING BREAK & NETWORKING
Session Four

Training and Education

  • Considerations: End users and key operators must learn how to use the system to realize the full benefit and operational gains
  • Types of learners and evaluation: Users learn in different ways such visual vs. hands-on, and how to assess that they have understood the training
  • Education programs: Training program design and use of tools, methods, and useful resources
  • An Interactive PACS Training Exercise
Day 5 - Friday 26 October, 2018
Session One

CIIP Review Session

  • Purpose and value of certification: The need for understanding why there is value in certification (CIIP) and professional opportunities seeking certified individuals
  • Certification: The need for understanding all sub-categories the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP)
  • Testing strategy: How to understand the test items and how to formulate your response
  • Review of CIIP testing guide and content through an interactive session covering highlights of content covered throughout the course thus far and how it would apply to a certification examination
MORNING BREAK & NETWORKING
Session Two

Review of Testing Elements: Exam preparation of estimated test content

  • This will include an interactive session where elements covering throughout the week are re-visited to evaluate retention of content prior to taking a practice, or mock certification exam
  • Interactive Review of PACS and Informatics acronyms and terminology
  • Interactive Practice Review of sample test elements
LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING
Session Three

Mock Examination: Simulation of CIIP examination under expected test conditions

  • Examination review: Will present proper exam responses and answer questions about them
EVENING BREAK & NETWORKING
Session Four

Assessment & Group Discussion

  • Assessment and group discussions are primarily aimed to see how much the participants have assimilated on the covered topics thus far
  • Evaluation of simulated examination responses
  • Discuss the rationale behind the appropriate answers during a group review.
Course Program
Time Topic
08:00 to 08:30Registration & Introduction
08:30 to 10:00Session One
10:00 to 10:15Morning Break & Networking
10:15 to 12:15Session Two
12:15 to 13:15Lunch Break & Networking
13:15 to 14:00Session Three
14:45 to 15:00Evening Break & Networking
15:00 to 16:30Session Four