Ronald W. Gilbert

  • Manager, Enterprise Imaging & Informatics, WellStar Health System, Atlanta, GA
  • Instructor: PACS and Imaging Informatics
  • Master of Information Systems Management Health Informatics, Walden University,
  • BS Degree in Radiologic Sciences, University of Central Florida,
  • Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP), ABII.
  • Registered in Radiography R.T. (R), ARRT
  • Has also been teaching PACS and imaging informatics since 2012
    • Lecturer at USA State and National level

Ron has degrees in BOTH Clinical Healthcare and Information Technology which is useful for the Health Informatics profession as they involve BOTH types of professionals.

Currently, he is in a leadership role for the Enterprise Imaging (EI) system of an 11 hospital organization and is involved in the strategic planning, clinical testing, interoperability schema, and supervises PACS Administrators and EI support staff. Their EI system ties all facilities together in a common database which will make all information on a patient available through a common electronic portal at the patient’s bedside.

Previously a PACS Administrator for Atlanta Medical Center for 12 years, he is CIIP certified with the primary responsibility of serving as the system architect for all Imaging Informatics which includes PACS, CPACS, RIS, VR Dictation Systems, 3D Advanced Visualization, Image Exchange/Image Sharing, Image Enabled EHR, coordinate DICOM and HL7 integrations and perform and supervise training for these systems. Strategic Business Contributions include workflow engineering and optimization, keep current knowledge of emerging technology, coordinate reference site visits/calls and product trials, evaluate and implement system upgrades and integration, and data analytics.

He has worked for BOTH Clinical Healthcare Facilities or hospitals and a Commercial Vendor in engineering and sales. This included:

  • Manager, Enterprise Imaging & Informatics, WellStar Health System
  • PACS Administrator, Atlanta Medical Center
  • Healthcare Information Systems Specialist, Eastman Kodak Company, Health Imaging Group, U.S & Canada
  • Worked in many trade shows, such as RSNA and HIMSS
  • Manager, Imaging Services, Georgia Baptist Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Also worked as Information Systems Manager, Imaging Services, Program Director of School of Radiologic Technology, and Coordinator, Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center, in the same organization.
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor, Radiology, Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia and began proudly as a Staff Radiologic Technologist there

He also serves as an educator in Imaging Informatics and Technology for formal educational programs and guest speaker at seminars and meetings held by professional organizations. His professional experience of more than 30 years allows him to share those experiences during the educational programs.

List of Achievements

  • Development QA/QC program for Hospital Imaging Services Department
  • DICOM/HL7 Integration for 132 Modalities
  • Published Articles in Professional Journals
    • 1995 – Straightening the Learning Curve – Advance for Radiology
    • 2007 – Case Study for Advanced Visualization – Modern Healthcare
    • 2015 – AMC Employs Web-based PACS Using SSO… Health IT
  • Certifications for Vendor Equipment Training
    • 18 certificates for training/ system administrator
    • Will provide upon request
  • 2013 – Began Imaging Informatics Instructor for MTMI
  • Implemented and Upgraded Various Information Systems
    • 1988 – Northside Hospital – AT&T RIS
    • 1989 – Georgia Baptist Medical Center – ADAC MARS II RIS
    • 1991 – Georgia Baptist Medical Center – Kodak/Vortech Mini-PACS
  • 1995-2005 – Commercial Experience providing Image management products for customers which include:
    • 45 PACS Systems
    • 5 Vendor Neutral Archives
    • 200+ Digital Imaging Modalities
  • Returned to Healthcare - Implemented Various Information Systems
    • 2005 – Atlanta Medical Center – McKesson PACS Implementation
      • Upgrades 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
    • 2007 – Atlanta Medical Center - McKesson Radiology Manager – RIS
    • 2008 – Atlanta Medical Center –Voice Recognition Dictation System
      • Upgrades 2009 v5.0 , 2013 PS360 v2.5, 2016 v3.0
    • 2008 -  Atlanta Medical Center – Advanced Visualization –Vitrea
      • Upgrades 2010, 2013, 2016
    • 2009 – Tenet Healthcare System – Centralized Image Storage Migration
    • 2012 – Atlanta Medical Center – Cardiology PACS Implementation
      • Upgrade 2015
    • 2013 – Implement Multi-Site PACS – AMC, AMC-South, Imaging Center
    • 2013 -  Implement Electronic Health Record (EHR) – Cerner
      • Upgrade 2015
    • 2013 – Implement Cerner RIS
    • 2014 – Implement Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)
    • 2014 – Convert/Migrate/ Implement Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA)
    • 2015 – Implement Health Information Exchange (HIE) for Images
      • Upgrade 2016
    • 2016 -  Convert/Adapt IT systems to WellStar Infrastructure
  • Enterprise Image Management System – Go Live 2/ 2018
    • 2017 – Contributions for initial Procurement, Project Management, and multiple site preparation and training for transition to Enterprise Imaging from traditional PACS
    • 2017 – Contributed in the client-side implementation, integration and data migration for a new Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) for Enterprise Imaging
    • 2018 – DICOM and HL7 Integration for all modalities (272), 3rd Party applications, and Image enabled EHR to Enterprise Imaging

Educational Clients

Have presented to the following for official CEU credit:

Institutional Facilities           

  • Arizona Computer Services (ACS) , Phoenix, Arizona
  • Medical Technology Management Institute (MTMI) of Herzing University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Gwinnett Technical College, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Georgia Baptist School of Radiologic Technology, Atlanta Georgia

Professional Organizations

  • American Medical Student Association
  • Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Alabama Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Florida Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Atlanta Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Atlanta Society Student & Technologists Seminar
  • Augusta Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Columbus Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Montgomery Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Florida Crescent Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • West Florida Society of Radiologic Technologists


Atlanta Medical Center Deploys Enterprise-wide, Web-based PACS Using Workflows and Secure SSO Solution Health IT January 2015

This is a case study written by Claudette Lew after interviewing Ron and reporting on the Web-based PACS deployment strategy here at AMC. They have come up with a nice process for getting the appropriate level of functionality available to the providers using the existing access method to other clinical systems, which is a Single Sign On (SSO) application. This greatly simplifies the support and security strategy for PACS workstation software.