WEBINAR: PACS/RIS, DICOM and HL7

December 07-10, 2020, 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm, Central Standard Time

Training Objectives

  • An understanding of the practical and operational issues essential to a successful PACS implementation, upgrade or migration.
  • Discuss PACS image management and workstation optimization
  • Understand Clinical Informatics and how PACS works with all areas of healthcare
  • Discuss deployment of a PACS support system to manage operational issues and downtime.
  • Explain the process of implementing PACS from purchase, project management, training, and Go Live.
  • Understand complex PACS workflows and a possible transition to Enterprise Imaging
  • A practical understanding of the DICOM and HL7 standards.
  • An understanding of how PACS integrates with other hospital systems.
  • The ability to troubleshoot PACS and RIS problems.
  • The ability to design and streamline workflow to suit the needs of a digital imaging environment.
  • A functional knowledge of day to day PACS maintenance activities.
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Instructor(s) of this course

Ronald W. Gilbert

Manager, Enterprise Imaging & Informatics, WellStar Health System, Atlanta, GA
Instructor: PACS and Imaging Informatics
MS IS Mgmt, Health Informatics
B.S. Radiologic Sciences,
R.T. (R), (ARRT), CIIP (ABII)

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Alexander Tune

Director of Ancillary systems management, Medisys Health Network.
Master of Business Administration, St. Joseph’s College
Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) ABII,
Registered in Radiography R.T. (R), ARRT
Certified Microsoft MCSE, MCDBA
Certified Epic Radiant, cupid, Ambulatory EMR, Wisdom
Has also been teaching imaging informatics since 2007 with a 90% passing rate on the CIIP

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ASRT APPROVED 12 CATEGORY A CE CREDITS


This course aims at providing all of the essential skills and knowledge necessary for the successful, planning, implementation and maintenance of a PACS, or other radiology system. This program also helps prepare students for the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP) certification exam. Major topics include: a comprehensive guide to PACS Administration and Operations, DICOM and HL7, Networking, PACS architecture, and Electronic Health Records.

Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) in radiology is constantly evolving and new integration challenges are changing the way imaging services are provided. PACS management is a growing challenge for Radiology department personnel and vendors. PACS and Imaging Informatics must accommodate many different workflows including non-radiology needs.

The emergence of the Imaging Informatics profession and the PACS Administrator role is an answer to the complexity of the digital imaging environment. PACS management and healthcare informatics require specific knowledge and skills unique to this technology. This practical knowledge is delivered from experienced healthcare IT professionals who currently practice these concepts.

  • Students will be able to implement and maintain a PACS system
  • Students will be able to troubleshoot DICOM and HL7 issues
  • Students will be able to integrate modalities to a PACS
  • Students will be able to integrate PACS to an EMR / EHR

This course is designed for all imaging professionals who want to enter the challenging world of Imaging Informatics.  RT's, hospital IT staff and personnel who are actively involved in PACS selection, planning and implementation will benefit from this course. Also current PACS Administrators and field engineers who wish to update their knowledge will benefit.

  • Intense Training by an Expert who Currently Practices
  • Online Quizzes
  • Individual assignments and interaction
  • Using brainstorming techniques, images, and graphics for quality learning
  • Feedback discussion of the previous session activities
  • Interactive review for exam
  • Mock Certification exam given to gauge readiness
  • Course material
  • Certificate of Achievement

Webinars

How can I register for Webinar and how does the whole thing work?

You may register by email or online: 

To register by email:

Download the brochure and complete the registration form given as a last page of the brochure and email to Kevin.McKinney@acsazp.com

To register online:

Step 1 – Go to the course page and click ‘Register Now

Step 2 - Complete the registration form, read and check the ‘terms and conditions’ box and click on ‘Register’.  You’ll receive a confirmation email.   

Step 3 - Click on ‘Confirm’ in the confirmation email and you'll be taken to the login page. Login and click the "Add to Cart" button that suits your needs and click "Pay by Credit Card" to enter your payment details.  You'll receive a payment confirmation email as well as a Welcoming Package with the full itinerary.

Please check following questions to see how the whole thing works.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please and thank you reach us at Kevin.McKinney@acsazp.com

How soon I can login?

You will be able to login 10-15 minutes prior to each activity/session. Don’t take a chance, so better will be to login early.

How do I join webinar/meeting?

Joining is easy, just takes few seconds.

Just click the link in the invite that you will be provided with in email. You will proceed to your session immediately. Just remember to register first if attending a webinar.

How can I join Zoom meeting and what are the pre-requisites?

Please check the details as how to join the meeting at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-meeting

How do I ask the Instructor questions?

There will be a 'chat option on your screen. Type your question in the box and send it direct to the Instructor. The Instructor will address your question at the earliest and at an appropriate time during the presentation

Are these CE credits approved and recognized by ASRT and ARRT?

Yes, these are approved by ASRT and recognized by ARRT. In order to get the credits on each session you will have to attend each session in full.

How do I receive my CE credits?

After your attendance is reviewed and verified your certificate will be ready in 2 business days and will be available to you at your ACS account. You will be notified through an email of the same. You will be able to print your certificate.

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/imaging informatics person pursue continuing education just to keep current. Continuing education gives radiologic technologists/imaging informatics person a way to maintain competency and prevent professional obsolescence. It benefits them, 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.

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.

Would this class benefit CT or MRI technologists with regards to their line of work or is it more for PACS administrators?

Since the course has ASRT Category A credits, it would count for CT, MRI, and 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.

Also, Informatics is becoming a larger part of all Imaging Technologists duties, and if they have that 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.

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/

Course Fee $1050/Participant

Early Bird Discount
15%
discount till Oct 30, 2020 to pay $893/participant

Group Discount
5%
additional discount on group of minimum 3 participants (from same organization)
10% additional discount on group of minimum 4 participants (from same organization)


WEBINAR: PACS/RIS, DICOM and HL7 - Course Schedule

Day 1 - Monday 07 December, 2020
Session One (18:00 - 19:50)

Introduction to PACS Administration

  • What is expected of a PACS Administrator?
  • PACS Integration – Workstation types and specialties
  • PACS Image Management
  • Workflow Profiles
  • Reading Room Optimization
  • Image Import/Export 
Quiz (19:50 - 20:00)
Break (15 Minutes)
Session Two (20:15 - 21:05 )

PACS and Informatics

  • Clinical Informatics and PACS
  • Electronic Health Record
  • Informatics Data Flow from Clinician to PACS

PACS Support and Downtime

  • PACS Support and Customer Service
  • Issue Management and Tracking
  • Downtime Management
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Quiz (21:05 - 21:15)
Day 2 - Tuesday 08 December, 2020
Session One (18:00 - 19:50)

PACS Implementation on Operation

  • PACS Procurement Process – Upgrade and Replacement
  • PACS Project Management
  • Training and Go Live
  • PACS Operational Considerations 
Quiz (19:50 - 20:00)
Break (15 Minutes)    
Session Two (20:15 - 21:05 )

PACS and Advanced Workflows

  • Cardiology PACS workflow
  • Telemedicine – Remote Care with Imaging
  • Neurointerventional Workflow and Imaging
  • Artificial Intelligence Workflows

PACS and Enterprise Imaging

  • What is Enterprise Imaging
  • Enterprise Archiving and Information Sharing
  • Transition to Enterprise Imaging
Quiz (21:05 - 21:15)
Day 3 - Wednesday 09 December, 2020
Session One (18:00 - 19:50)

PACS architecture

  • Standalone vs. client server 
  • PACS components
  • TCP/IP protocol
Quiz (19:50 - 20:00)
Break (15 Minutes)    
Session Two (20:15 - 21:05 )

Networking

  • OSI
  • Virtualization
  • SQL
Quiz (21:05 - 21:15)
Day 4 - Thursday 10 December, 2020
Session One (18:00 - 19:50)

Imaging informatics protocols

  • DICOM connectivity
  • AET
  • Ports
  • SOP classes
  • DICOM UIDs
Quiz (19:50 - 20:00)
Break (15 Minutes)    
Session Two (20:15 - 21:05 )

Imaging informatics protocols

  • HL7 connectivity
  • HL7 message types
  • HL7 segments
  • HL7 fields and subfields
  • HL7 control codes
Quiz (21:05 - 21:15)
Course Program
Time Topic
Day 1-4
18:00 to 19:50Session One
19:50 to 20:00Quiz
20:00 to 20:15Break
20:15 to 21:05Session Two
21:05 to 21:15Quiz