The PACS Administrator’s role is to perform all related activities for supporting the hospital’s Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS). This includes preparing images for digital archiving and assuring the quality control of medical diagnostic images and files. The PACS Administrator is also responsible for diagnosing, repairing, maintaining, and upgrading all PACS associated hardware and software, while ensuring its optimal performance.
Strategy & Planning:
- Collaborate with medical imaging team to ensure the efficient distribution of medical images to authorized users.
- Communicate with end users to determine PACS needs, business requirements, and functional specifications.
- Assist in the development of operating standards, policies, and procedures.
- Assist in the strategic planning of medical imaging initiatives, including new deployments, future needs, systems integration, and so on.
- Define and manage service level agreements.
- Establish the PACS’ compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Acquisition & Deployment:
- Maintain PACS equipment inventory, contracts, service histories, maintenance histories, and capacity planning.
- Liaise with vendors during all negotiations, installations, implementations, and servicing visits.
- Manage the distribution and storage of digital images from a variety of sources, including computed tomography, computed radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and so on.
- Provide application-level PACS support, including image workflow, autorouting, and other activities.
- Integrate diagnostic images with Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and Radiological Information Systems (RIS).
- Ensure that digital image data transfers are properly entered into the PACS system, RIS validation, and exceptions handling.
- Collaborate closely with the IT department to ensure the smooth operation of all PACS hardware and software.
- Provide user training in regards to the proper use and operation of PACS equipment and software applications.
- Monitor PACS performance as it relates to overall network performance in order to minimize slowdowns and downtime.
- Prepare reports on PACS performance and make recommendations based on findings.
- Install, configure, test, maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot PACS and associated devices and software.
- Perform backups as required.
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