Kyle M. Henson


Sr Director, Imaging, Solis Mammography
Founder and CEO Imaging Heartbeat
Program Manager, Change Healthcare
Voting Member, DICOM Committee, Work Group 33 (Data Archive and Management)
Former Director of Operations, DataFirst Corp
Instructor: PACS, VNA and Enterprise, Imaging Architecture and Design

Kyle recently left his position as Director of Enterprise Imaging for Tenet Health, a 70-hospital system where he built the enterprise imaging department and the VNA from the ground up. Kyle and his team were directly responsible for building the VNA, migrating all imaging data to it, setting the standards for implementation it at all hospitals and architecting the system to meet future demands.  Over a period of 4 years, Kyle’s team designed and deployed a VNA and integrated over 220 distinct systems with it and migrated 1.7 Petabytes of data. The VNA included an XDS registry / repository which is integrated with the zero-footprint universal viewer that they also deployed to all hospitals and trained the users.

Kyle has also consulted and provided key product design enhancements for McKesson PACS, McKesson CPACS, Philips CPACS, IBM Watson  iConnect Access and the Hyland Acuo VNA.

Throughout his career he has had an opportunity to work with many world class health systems such as Security Forces Hospital Program (Riyadh), US Department of Defense, Catholic Health Initiatives, Long Island Jewish Health System, Tenet Health, The University of Florida, The University of West Virginia and many others.

Kyle is a frequent speaker/instructor on PACS administration and DICOM tools for government and civilian imaging specialists. He has published many articles on and LinkedIn covering a wide array of topics relevant to imaging practitioners and management, as well as invited to speak at an IBM Watson Imaging event on the design and implementation of Enterprise Imaging systems.

Kyle is an active member of the Health Information and Management
Systems Society (HIMSS) and Society for Imaging Informatics in
Medicine (SIIM).

Key Accomplishments

  • Designed and implemented one of the largest VNAs in North America, including 202 distinct data sources, 50 M exams and 5 B objects in 4 years
  • Conducted over 200 data migrations with 50+ operating at any point in time
  • Reconciled every inbound image with Hl7 order to ensure 100% data integrity
  • Executed disaster recovery / business continuity operations when hospital CPACS lost all patient data, repopulating critical data within 24 hours from centrally deployed VNA.
  • Delivered zero-footprint universal viewer to all facilities, with 3-layer redundancy, including WADO integration to VNA for 67 hospitals
  • Designed and implemented 36 PACS-Less imaging solutions for Urgent Care Centers (UCC) across the nation, with no hardware on site.
  • Designed and Implemented image sharing infrastructure and process to include PACS-PACS transfers, in-bound and out bound image sharing between all facilities  
  • Delivered Cross Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS, XDS-I) registry / repository with all image data and discrete reports stored as CDA comprising over 5B objects 
  • Led requirements definition and user validation for complete overhaul of back end file system and storage architecture in major PACS and CPACS vendors released world wide
  • Architected and Implemented first ever PACS on Virtual Machines for international PACS vendor
  • Designed and implemented process for major PACS vendor to consolidate PACS databases as well as migrate data directly to VNA without storing through PACS 
  • Managed PACS deployment for US Department of Defense and VA medical systems
  • Project manager for the first PACS implementation ever to pass US military acceptance inspection on first attempt