Certified PACS administrators will
draw on technical skill sets as they interface
with hospital IT representatives to tightly
integrate the PACS with clinical information systems and maximize the value of
digital health information for more
informed reads. Optimization of PACS
and related clinical information systems
will ensure information integrity, reduce
technical delays, maximize efficiency, and
may expand business opportunities by
adding integration of off-site studies into
An adequately trained informatics professional becomes an asset to department
management by offering clinical information system-based solutions to business
goals and dilemmas which can be trusted
and confidently implemented by virtue of
ABII certified knowledge and training.
Through active management and long
term strategic planning, the PACS administrator can help optimize efficiency and
productivity, reduce medical errors, and
increase the quality of patient care.
Digital medical imaging has changed the
way we practice medicine. It is critical not
only for the radiology department, but for
the health system as a whole. In today’s
demanding clinical radiology environment,
it is no longer sufficient to simply maintain
PACS and its related clinical information
systems. The IIP certification exam was
designed to help radiology administrators
assure the unique blend of technical, business, and clinical skills when recruiting and
staffing IIPs. In the hands of an adequately
trained and certified PACS administrative
team, a department can confidently leverage PACS and informatics tools to execute
department strategy and directly enhance
clinical outcomes for patients.
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Christopher Trimble, MD, MBA recently graduated
from University of California, Irvine with a dual
MD/MBA degree. He will be completing a diagnostic
radiology residency at the University of Maryland.
He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles Socia, RT(CT ), QM, CIIP is the product manager
information systems for Fujifilm Medical Informatics
USA and has over 20 years of experience in healthcare
imaging and management. He currently serves as a
board member for the American Board of Imaging
Informatics, is a member of the SIIM annual program
committee, and serves as frequent session chair and
Edward Bluth, MD, FACR is chairman emeritus of the
department of radiology at the Ochsner Health
System in Ne w Orleans, LA. He is vice-chairman of the
American Board of Imaging Informatics and author of
10 textbooks and over 140 peer reviewed articles.
Paul Nagy, PhD is an associate professor of radiology
in the department for diagnostic radiology and
nuclear medicine at the University of Maryland School
of Medicine. He currently serves as the chairman for
the American Board of Imaging Informatics. In the
past 10 years he has published over 50 peer reviewed
papers on improving the quality of healthcare
through the use of progressive management and