WEBINAR: PACS AND INFORMATICS PROFESSIONAL REVIEW SERIES

January 27-29, 2021, 06:00 PM - 9:15 PM, Central Standard Time

Training Objectives

  • This program will cover the recommended knowledge content required to administer a PACS or an advanced Enterprise Imaging system.
  • Participants will get an intensive review of course material from the certification perspective and practical knowledge needed in daily work.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the Procurement and Project Management process and the techniques for a successful PACS implementation.
  • Instruction on current Operations Management with Medical Communication and various Training techniques to maximize user effectiveness.
  • Discussion on Clinical Engineering and Image Management with DICOM and HL7 integration of modalities and industry standard IHE imaging workflows.
  • Focus on Systems Management and Information Technology skills needed for optimal image availability and system resilience.
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Instructor 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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ASRT APPROVED 9 CATEGORY A CE CREDITS


This course covers a review of the recommended content and skill set needed for a PACS Administrator or an Imaging Informatics Professional. The course content follows the content listed for a typical certification examination and is also useful as a preparation workshop. Staff sometimes get encouraged to take a PACS Administration position and never get formally trained, or do not feel they know what is needed to do the job.

This course can enhance that knowledge and increase proficiency to bring success. Methodical instruction takes the participants through the topics that are familiar to the jobs and expands upon them, interjecting real-world experiences and interactive discussion to add context. Presented by 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.

Participants who complete the course will get to understand:

  • What to expect from an Imaging Informatics certification examination and validate readiness to succeed.
  • What is expected of a PACS Administrator now and in the near future.
  • How we can optimize what tools we have and be able to justify better ones.
  • If they are IT based, they will learn clinical content
  • If they are Clinical based, they will learn IT content
  • Clinical Informatics and how all departments contribute to the healthcare big picture.
  • Participants will leave the course with actionable information that can be immediately used to operate and expand a multi-departmental PACS with an eye on future growth to meet organizational needs and optimal patient care.
  • Existing CIIP credentialed participants can get CE credit for CIIP renewal requirements and also count for ARRT and other clinical credentials.
  • Candidates for CIIP
  • Experienced PACS Administrators
  • Technologists who want to learn PACS and Informatics
  • New PACS Administrators
  • PACS Managers and Directors
  • Commercial Representatives
  • Imaging Managers
  • Clinical Informatics
  • 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

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 training@acsmb.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 training@acsmb.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 on the 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.

What if I have problems viewing the webinar?
There will be a Coordinator who will help address your problems. The Coordinator will make sure that you are able to login and attend the webinar properly.

How much attendance will be required for each activity/session?
Full attendance will be required to get credits on each activity. As per ASRT instructions and guidelines, getting the credits for each activity requires you not miss more about 2 minutes of any activity. Not complying to any activity will result in credits not being awarded for that particular activity.

How do you take attendance?
As per ASRT guidelines:

  • The coordinator will keep records indicating when each attendee logs on and off.
  • Attendees will complete a web survey after the broadcast. Attendees will be given web address/link to access the survey.
  • The web address/link will not be given until the end of the broadcast.

At the end of the webinar series your attendance will be verified and your credits will be made available to you. You must be in full attendance for every session in order to be able to receive the approved CE credits/certificate.

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 keepcurrent. 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.

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

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 the CIIP Certification Boot Camp?

  • It carries ASRT Approved Category A Credits.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Develop your value as a CIIP and transition into a new role as a leader in the enterprise.
  • Insufficient quality training on the PACS subject worldwide.
  • Experienced trainers from Europe and US, who know ins and outs of the subject.

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/

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.

COURSE FEE $700/PARTICIPANT

Early Bird Discount
15% discount till, Nov 16, 2020 to pay $595/participant.
10% discount till Dec 15, 2020 to pay $630/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)

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


WEBINAR: PACS AND INFORMATICS PROFESSIONAL REVIEW SERIES - Course Schedule

Day 1 - Wednesday 27 January, 2021
Opening Session

Opening Remarks & Introduction

Session One (6:00 pm - 07:50 pm)

Imaging Informatics Procurement

  • Evaluate Needs Analysis for PACS Purchase
  • Develop Cost Benefit Analysis and ROI
  • Understand Vendor Selection (RFI, RFP, Solicitation)
  • Evaluate Total Cost of Ownership for PACS Implementation
  • Discuss Contracts and Negotiation

Project Management

  • Project Feasibility Analysis
  • Project Goals, Scope, and Risk vs. Constraint
  • Project Management Process and Tools
  • Project Completion and Closing
Review Discussion and Quiz (10 minutes)
Break (15 minutes)
Session Two (08:15 pm - 09:05 pm)

PACS Operations

  • Quality Improvement and QA/QC strategy
  • Regulatory Compliance in Healthcare
  • PACS Policies, Staffing and Budget

Training Plans and Strategy

  • Evaluate Training Needs
  • Learning Types (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic)
  • Program Types: Computer Based, Webinar and In Person
  • Evaluate Training Program Effectiveness
Review Discussion and Quiz (10 minutes)
Day 2 - Thursday 28 January, 2021
Session One (6:00 pm - 07:50 pm)

Communications in Healthcare

  • Healthcare Organization and Relationships
  • Medical Terminology in Imaging
  • System Availability and Change Management
  • Notification and Customer Service
  • Planning and Reporting to Organization

PACS Image Management

  • Environmental Factors for PACS
  • PACS Standards and IHE Workflows
  • Image Import, Export and Exchange
Review Discussion and Quiz (10 minutes)
Break (15 minutes)
Session Two (08:15 pm - 09:05 pm)

Review of Information Technology

  • Storage and Archiving Methods
  • Networking and Connectivity
  • Hardware and Software Types
  • IT Standards for Imaging
Day 3 - Friday 29 January, 2021
Session One (6:00 pm - 07:50 pm)

Review of Systems Management

  • Data Management for PACS
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • Problem Management and Troubleshooting
  • Imaging Security Strategy

Clinical Engineering

  • Imaging Modality Overview
  • Modality DICOM Integration
  • Diagnostic Display Standards and QC
  • Clinical Hazards in Imaging
Review Discussion and Quiz (10 minutes)
Break (15 minutes)
Session Two (08:15 pm - 09:05 pm)

Medical Imaging Informatics

  • Medical Imaging Workflow
  • IHE Integration Profiles
  • Clinical Informatics
  • DICOM and HL7
  • Standards in Imaging and Healthcare
  • Organizational PACS Integration Strategy

End of day interactive review session
This will be a practical, interactive group exercise going over all the content covered in a Q & A format

  • Review practical samples used in real life
  • Review of the certification and testing process

Administer Mock Test under simulated test conditions
Group discussion of results

Course Program
Time Topic
Day 1-3
18:00 to 19:50Session One
19:50 to 20:00Review Discussion and Quiz
20:00 to 20:15Break
20:15 to 21:05Session Two
21:05 to 21:15Review Discussion and Quiz