PACS and Imaging Informatics Professional Training

December 16-20, 2018, Hotel Towers Rotana Dubai | UAE

Training Objectives

  • This program will present an overview of healthcare Imaging Informatics and modern diagnostic image management, including PACS, RIS, VNA, and EHR integration.
  • 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 Bioeng.)
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 IS Mgmt, Health Informatics
B.S. Radiologic Sciences, RT(R), CIIP

Enterprise Imaging Informatics Manager, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, 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 Ministries
  • Health Authorities
  • Medical Cities
  • Private Hospitals
  • Imaging & Diagnostic Centers
  • Presentations & Lectures
  • Mock test-Simulation of CIIP Exam
  • CIIP Review testing
  • Assessment and Group Discussions
  • Workshop, Exercises & use cases
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Course material & Handouts
  • USB device with all material
  • Study binder
  • International buffet Lunch with coffee/tea breaks

Course Fee $2,840/Participant

Book & pay on or before November 8th, 2018 & get
10% additional discount USD 2,556/participant

Corporate (Group Discount)
10% additional discount on minimum of 3 participants

PACS and Imaging Informatics - Course Schedule

Day 1 - Sunday 16 December, 2018
Opening Session

Registration and Intro.

Session One

Hospital Information Systems, Clinical Informatics & Hospital Integration

  • Ongoing relationship of PACS with HIS &HER
  • 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

Communication for PACS/RIS

  • Roles and Relationships in Healthcare
  • Medical Terminology, anatomic planes and positions, modalities
  • Organization and Medical Specialization
  • Availability Issues, Upgrades and Notification
  • PACS Policy and Procedures
Day 2 - Monday 17 December, 2018
Session One

Standards and Interoperability

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

Standards and Interoperability

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

DICOM/HL7 and IHE Exercises

  • Radiology Workflow simulation
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
Day 3 - Tuesday 18 December, 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 an 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
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
Session Three

Modality Support

  • Display Standards and Compliance Testing – DICOM GSDF
  • Environmental Safety - Electrical, Radiation, Magnetic, Biological
Session Four

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
Day 4 - Wednesday 19 December, 2018
Session One

Best Sourcing Techniques to Increase the Procurement Efficiencies (Imaging Informatics (II) which includes

  • PACS/RIS Procurement: Analysis, Cost-Benefit/ROI, RFI/RFP preparation,Implementation of VNA Procurement
  • Considerations: When Specifying a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA)
  • VNA Procurement: Analysis: Cost-Benefit/ROI, RFP preparation, Implementation of VNA Procurement
  • Request for Information: Understanding andAnalysis of RFI
  • Request for Proposal: Understanding andAnalysis of RF
  • Procurement in the Imaging Department: The need for understanding technical specifications for Software & Hardware
  • Procurement in the Healthcare Facility: The need for understanding long term strategic importance for using to meet healthcare and financial goals
Session Two

Project Management and Imaging Informatics Systems

  • Considerations: PM is part of the Informatics Professional 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 viabilitywith 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.)
Session Three

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
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
Day 5 - Thursday 20 December, 2018
Session One

CIIP Review Session

  • Purpose and Value of Certification: The need for understanding why there is value in certification (CIIP) and a survey of professional opportunities awaiting 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
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
Session Three

Mock Examination: Simulation of CIIP examination under expected test conditions

  • Examination Review: Will present proper exam responses and answer questions about them
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
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 14:45Session Three
14:45 to 15:00Evening Break & Networking
15:00 to 16:30Session Four