PACS, VNA and Enterprise Imaging: Real-world Integrations and Experiences

July 27-28, 2020 Clarion Inn & Suites-Tabla, Orlando, FL, USA

Training Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This program will cover the knowledge areas required to architect an advanced enterprise imaging system
  • Lectures and whiteboard discussions will cover VNA, system architecture, current generation and next generation technologies required to meet the evolving needs of the physician community
  • Focused on enterprise imaging needs to prepare managers and administrators to transition from facility based to enterprise systems
  • Students will leave the course with actionable information that can be immediately used to design and implement VNA, multidepartmental PACS, encounters-based workflows and non-DICOM integration
  • Discussion will be done on Operational aspects of Diagnostic Imaging as it relates to Imaging Informatics as they are becoming more involved data driven management
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Instructor of this course

Kyle M. Henson

Founder and CEO VNA Heartbeat
Former Director of Operations, DataFirst Corp
Instructor: PACS, VNA and Enterprise
Imaging Architecture and Design
MBA in Healthcare Administration
Working on Doctorate of Management

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As health systems continue to consolidate and solutions become more complex, the demand for highly skilled PACS and Informatics Professional staff is ever more critical and rewarding.  Imaging professionals are expected to provide access to any images anywhere at any time in order to optimize patient care.  The term enterprise imaging has come about to reflect the shift from diagnostic radiology procedures to diverse medical imaging as dermatology, pathology and surgery so all can be viewed together.  Presented by an experienced professional, this program will cover the inner workings of Imaging Informatics from the traditional local PACS to the eventual transition to an advanced Enterprise Imaging system. Emerging trends such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), FHIR and blockchain based applications will be discussed and interactive discussion is encouraged throughout entire course.

You will leave this course with an advanced understanding of: 

  • PACS/EMR/Viewers/VNA/Enterprise Worklist and the other components required to architect an enterprise imaging system
  • The differences and uses of enterprise PACS and enterprise imaging systems
  • Preparations required to successfully transition to enterprise imaging and VNA
  • Design and architecture considerations when building a system to hold billions of images
  • When and how to use image routers or to put VNA before PACS
  • All components required to implement a fully functional deconstructed or PACS-less environment
  • Full comprehension of compression and where it should be applied in the environment
  • How AI and blockchain impact imaging
  • Monetization of image sets for AI training
  • Enterprise worklist layer implementation and considerations
  • How to manage and troubleshoot an advanced imaging program 
  • Composition and skills required of an imaging team 
  • Effective utilization of network and storage resources as systems scale
  • CIOs
  • VNA/Enterprise Imaging Administrators
  • Imaging Directors
  • Senior PACS Administrators
  • Radiology Directors
  • Infrastructure Directors
  • Presentations & lectures
  • Group discussions
  • Exercises & use cases
  • Certificate with Activity Approved by ASRT
  • Course material
  • Lunch with coffee/tea breaks

Venue: Clarion Inn & Suites Across From Universal Orlando Resort.
5829 Grand National Drive, Orlando, FL, 32819, US
Phone (407) 351-3800 Fax (407) 363-2793

To get ACS group rates, visit following link:

$82.00 –Non-smoking Standard 2 Queen Bed Rooms + Taxes are 12.5% per room ($92.25 with tax).
In case of any problem, you may email Jessica Lawrence, Sales Manager, at or call her or front desk at 407-351-3800

BREAKFAST: Not included with rate. Hotel can add breakfast buffet for $9.95 + 6.5% tax per person, per day serviced inside ballroom or add voucher breakfast for $7.00 + 6.5% tax per person, per day for use inside Roast Café, payable by guest with hotel room reservation. Otherwise, it can be purchased by guest directly at Roast Café in lobby between 7:00 am to 11:00 am daily from the a la carte menu.

CANCELLATION: Once each of ACS group guests’ book and reserve their rooms, they will be able to cancel their own reservation up to 3-days prior to arrival at no charge. Any cancelations made after (within 3-days of arrival) they will forfeit the non-refundable 1st night room and tax only as late cancel penalty. The guest room will auto release after cut off back to hotel inventory for resale.

For more details you may check hotel policy.

Course Fee $1,650/Participant

Early Bird Discount

  • 10% discount till Apr 30, 2020 to pay $ 1,485/participant
  • 5% discount till May 29, 2020 to pay $ 1,567/participant
  • 5% additional discount on group of minimum 2 participants (from same organization)

NOTE: 5% Referral Refund. Registered person if refers someone from a different organization will get 5% refund provided the referred person attends.

PACS, VNA and Enterprise Imaging: Real-world Integrations and Experiences - Course Schedule

Day 1 - Monday 27 July, 2020
Session One

Overview of basic technology

  • DICOM transactions
  • SOP Class, Transfer syntax
  • IAN integration with the EMR
  • Compression and impacts on systems, network and storage
  • Common workflows and issues
Session Two

Facility based PACS and  Archives

  • End to end data flow and storage implications
  • Non-standard data flows and impacts
  • VNA as PACS archive
  • CPACS and specialty imaging
Session Three

Trouble shooting EI Applications, Integrations & SQL

  • Integration points
  • Chain of events
  • When to call vendor(S)
  • SQL basics and queries
  • SQL Practical Exercise
Session Four

Enterprise Imaging Basics

  • Composition and required skillsets of EI team
  • Reconciliation, synchronization and data quality
  • Multiple PACS considerations and issues
  • Offsite – multi site archival considerations
  • Image Routers and advanced workflows
Session Five

EMR integration and zero-footprint viewers

  • Pros and cons of zero footprint viewers
  • Who are the users of zero footprint and what are the requirements
  • Image workflow and impacts
  • URL integration methods and populating EMR
Session Six

Group Discussions, Question and Answers, Diagram and Troubleshooting

  • Application of concepts from the course to solve local challenges
  • Whiteboard, system diagraming and architecture based on student provided requirements, the end to end system processes of systems covered
  • Professional discussion and group responses to real world home facility needs and situations 
  • Opportunity to present real life issues for troubleshooting
Day 2 - Tuesday 28 July, 2020
Session One

Non-DICOM imaging workflows

  • Dermatology, pathology, surgery, Emergency
  • Encounters based workflow considerations and tools
  • Use cases and integration points
  • Pros and cons of DICOM encapsulation
  • DICOM Image creation practical exercise
Session Two

Advanced VNA Architecture and design

  • Data segmentation and segregation considerations
  • Queue management processing rules
  • Multiple AE titles and many to one relationships
  • Disaster recovery and failover
  • Storage of report data
  • Patient ID management (PIX / PDQ)
Session Three

Enterprise Imaging Architecture

  • PACS first or VNA first
  • Local, regional or national level VNA
  • Integration with EMR, other applications 
  • XDS, XDS-I integration
  • Specialty viewers and department workflows
Session Four
  • Data Management
    • Data migrations to VNA, from VNA and data sharing between systems
    • Data cleansing (images – reports)
    • Normalization of DICOM data and tag management
    • Private tags, non-standard data and support of SOP Classes
    • Migration planning and execution 
    • Storage planning and management
Session Five

Emerging technologies and their impact to imaging

  • Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Blockchain
  • Monetization and selling of imaging data
  • Image Exchanges
  • Wearable devices
Session Six

Group Discussions, Question and Answers, Diagram and Troubleshooting

  • Application of concepts from the course to solve local challenges
  • Whiteboard, system diagraming and architecture based on student provided requirements, the end to end system processes of systems covered
  • Professional discussion and group responses to real world home facility needs and situations
  • Opportunity to present real life issues for troubleshooting
Course Program
Time Topic
07:10 to 08:40Session One
08:40 to 08:50Morning Break & Networking
08:50 to 10:20Session Two
10:20 to 10:30Break & Networking
10:30 to 12:00Session Three
12:00 to 12:40Lunch Break & Networking
12:40 to 14:10Session Four
14:10 to 14:20Afternoon Break & Networking
14:20 to 15:50Session Five
15:50 to 16:00Break & Networking
16:00 to 17:30 Session Six