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 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 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

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 TRAINING@ACSMB.COM

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.

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?

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.

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.

Why to invest in this training?

  1. It carries 37.5 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. Develop your value as a CIIP and transition into a new role as a leader in the enterprise.
  5. Insufficient quality training on the PACS subject worldwide.
  6. Experienced trainers from Europe and US, who know ins and outs of the subject.

Is there any discount offer?
Yes, you may avail of 15% discount on early registration and an additional 5% discount on being part of the group. 

How do I request a brochure?
Go click HERE to download the 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/

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.

Do we need laptops or equipment?
No.It is a CIIP prep course and it is not a "drill down" with integration interaction.  It is lecture with a MOCK test.

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

How to Register?
Please visit registration page on our website at: HTTP://ACSMB.COM/TRAINING/UPCOMING_TRAINING?CID=37 or you may contact us at TRAINING@ACSMB.COM

What is the last date to register?
50% of the seats are already being registered by our past clients. While focusing on the quality of the course, the size of class will be standard.  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?
Payment can be proceed via bank wire or online.

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
Day 1
08:00 to 08:30Registration & Introduction
Day 1-5
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