Saturday, April 1, 2017

International recognition of PARCA certification adds value

Independent RIS/PACS 
Consultant and Trainer
Clive Daniell is a qualified electrical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the medical imaging field. He started his career with Siemens Medical where he trained as a CT, MRI and X-ray technician. In 1996 Clive shifted his focus to PACS, RIS and Information Management systems. He was responsible for the implementation of the first digital department in South Africa at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Pretoria.

In 2006 Clive started his own consulting company to offer an independent view on PACS and RIS in Africa. Clive has also been involved in many training initiatives, including organizing the 1st and 2nd African PACS, RIS Edu-conferences held in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Clive is the founder of In2pacs and the In2pacs Academy. In a recent post on LinkedIn, Daniell explained why he chose to pursue the PARCA certification. PARCA eNews talked with him about that decision to get his perspective of the value of PARCA and certification for PACS administrators and other healthcare IT professionals.

New certification recognizes growing importance of DICOM

Image used by permission DICOM committee
PARCA eNews – April 1, 2017 – The PACS Administrators Registry and Certification Association (PARCA) has announced a new certification for PACS and IT professionals. 

The new DICOM certification will replace the Certified PACS Interface Analyst (CPIA) certification and will more specifically focus the course material and the exam on DICOM, the international standard for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine.

Charles Willis, PhD, DABR, president of PARCA said it was time to add a certification focused on DICOM.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Study finds HIE improves efficiency, lowers cost and improves outcomes

PARCA eNews – Feb. 18, 2017 – Following implementation of the New York HIE (health information exchange), quality of care improved along with operational efficiency, resulting in considerable cost savings and improved patient outcomes, according to a study published in the Feb. 10, 2017 issue of SSRN, the journal of the Social Science Research Network.

One of the first studies of the effects of HIEs, the study examined almost 86,000 emergency department encounters over a period of 19 months between July 1, 2012 and January 31, 2014 at four emergency departments linked to the HealthLinkNY Health Information Exchange.

WEDI white paper offers tips on reducing health IT risks

PARCA eNews – March 20, 2017 – The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), announced the development of an industry white paper, entitled The Rampant Growth of Cybercrime in Healthcare.”

The paper explores common vulnerabilities that are typically exploited by cybercriminals in today’s healthcare environment, as well as best practices organizations can implement to mitigate these vulnerabilities.

HiMSS17 education session recordings available online

Photo courtesy of HiMSS 17
PARCA eNews – Feb. 28, 2017 – If you missed HiMSS17, held in Orlando, Feb. 19-23, 2017, or were unable to attend some sessions you can now catch recordings of more than 200 of the sessions online.

Starting April 1, HIMSS will offer session recordings to allow the health IT industry to recap or experience the conference education for the first time. 

Will interoperability and PACS minimize the role of radiologists in patient care?

J. Van Goethem  led the panel discussion
PARCA eNews – March 10, 2017 – That’s the question a panel of radiologists led by Dr. J. Van Goethem addressed in one of the sessions at the ECR 17 (European College of Radiologists) meeting held in Vienna March 1-5. 

With the advent of PACS most clinicians have gained direct and immediate access to radiology images. Many clinicians have at least the basic knowledge and capacities to interpret radiology studies and some clinicians are even highly skilled in interpreting studies in their specific field of expertise.

Health IT Playbook Updates

The ONC Health IT Playbook has been updated to include the newly revised guides and training modules.

The ONC’s Health IT Playbook is an online resource for health IT professionals that offers help selecting technology, sharing health information securely, aligning health IT with quality measures, and even finding technical support.