Monday, March 29, 2021

Leveraging PACS skills and expertise to broaden your career

Sjoerd van Schie
This is the first in a series looking at using PACS administrator skills and expertise to leverage career possibilities. For this article PARCA eNews spoke with Sjoerd van Schie, District Service Manager for precision diagnosis and image-guided therapy at Phillips Healthcare. As service manager for Hitachi, Europe before PACS were a thing, Sjoerd was introduced to DICOM and he became early expert and advocate for DICOM at the company. He served as technical consultant for Hitachi in Zurich and then Technical Director for Hitachi in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg That experience propelled him to becoming the DICOM specialist at Hitachi, America based in Ohio. He has since leveraged that experience to serve in a variety of management positions at Carl Zeiss x-ray Microscopy in San Francisco and now at Phillips Healthcare in Los Angeles.

ACR names PARCA founder Herman Oosterwijk for Global Humanitarian Award

PARCA eNews – Feb. 5, 2021 – The American College of Radiology Foundation named PARCA founder Herman Oosterwijk its Global Humanitarian for non-radiologists for 2021.

The foundation announced the award in a letter to Herman, citing his commitment and dedication in support of Rotary International projects that provide imaging to hospitals and clinics in dozens of developing countries around the globe.

CISA issues emergency alert to organizations running Microsoft Exchange

Threat to healthcare research traced to China

PARCA eNews – March 9, 2021 – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Emergency Directive (ED) 21-02 March 2, 2021 requiring federal civilian departments and agencies running Microsoft Exchange on-premises products to update or disconnect the products from their networks until updated with the Microsoft patch released yesterday.

SIIM21 Annual meeting May 24-27

Registration is Now Open!

Join Imaging Informaticists from around the world virtually May 24-27 for discussions of the critical issues facing imaging and informatics professionals as we begin to emerge from the pandemic.

Sectra PACS named best in KLAS

PARCA eNews РMarch 17, 2021 РSweden-based Sectra has once again been named a "Best in Klas" award winner for customer satisfaction in the Canada and Europe. It is the eighth year in a row for the Linköping company.

The company also won awards in the U.S. for large (300,000 studies) and small (under 300,000) PACS systems. The company scored above industry average in three categories:

Electronic exchange of patient data increasing but non-electronic methods persist

PARCA eNews – Feb. 21, 2021 –The decade-long effort to increase interoperable exchange of electronic health information seems to be paying off, according to the latest report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

UVM Medical Center shares lessons learned after ransomware attack

Credit – University of Vermont
PARCA eNews – March 22, 2021 – Last fall, the University of Vermont Medical Center suffered a system-wide shutdown of its network due to a ransomware attack that prompted federal agencies including the HHS and FBI to issue a warning about cyber criminals targeting healthcare systems.

After the organization finally repaired the damage and recovered the network operations an assessment of the system’s cybersecurity measures found several shortcomings that could have at least minimized the damage. They shared their lessons learned in an article in the March 2021 ACR Bulletin.

Monday, February 15, 2021

What PACS certifications do I need, CIIP vs PARCA?

Repirnted from OTech blog posted 08 Feb 2021 

PACS administrators or as they are also called, Imaging Informatics Professionals (IIP), have been around for about 20 years, ever since providers started to realize that it takes a dedicated support staff to manage the PACS system and be responsible for its data integrity and operation. 

In 2004 a certification agency, the PACS Administrators Registry and certification Association, aka PARCA, was formed to provide a proof of a certain level of proficiency witnessed by passing a certification exam. Not that long after that, the American Board of Imaging Informatics, akaABII, was formed in a partnership between ARRT and SIIM, providing another certification called CIIP.