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Administrator, PACS

Company: Kaiser Permanente
Location: Silver Spring
Posted on: May 25, 2023

Job Description:


Job Summary:

To manage, monitor, troubleshoot, implementation, and train staff on the Picture Archive and Communication (PACS) system.

Essential Responsibilities:

Manages, monitors, troubleshoots, backup functions, implementation, and trains staff on the Picture Archive and Communication (PACS) system. Works effectively with Radiologists and all departments within Radiology to continuously improve the workflow between the modalities, PACS, RIS, and voice recognition. Reviews and updates policies and procedures related to PACS, RIS, File Room, and QA on a yearly basis. Clearly defines authority and responsibility for all personnel and delegates duties to staff members for the most efficient and productive operation of the PACS, RIS, Film Library and Quality Assurance requirements. Actively participates in the budget process.

Maintains control of the approved personnel, operation, and capital budget for PACS. Organizes, plans, and directs activities relating to PACS and RIS for all designated areas. Develops and implements a plan for monitoring and evaluation of PACS and continuous quality improvement. Administrates, revises, reviews and/or establishes department PACS policies, procedures, and software copies. Assures that all PACS activities and documentation meet or exceed standards of accrediting and regulatory agencies. Records daily backups and ensures quality of the system input/output. Plans and schedules all maintenance and upgrades to the network and provides feedback to department management and radiologists. In cooperation with Information Technology, insures/assigns network security by developing rules that will support user-defined workstation settings, image distribution, archiving and acquisition of images and system access. Fosters growth in professional and support staff related to PACS. Provides for individualized and departmental orientation to PACS. Monitors and communicates contractual agreements with the department management to insure functionality, maintenance, and cost. Maintains the PACS network through the administration of file servers, archives, workstations, ID terminal, RIS interface, CR gateway, laser imager and any other peripherals. Maintains knowledge of current PACS technology and management trends that are reflected in his/her practice.

Identifies problems and takes appropriate action in identifying and resolving problems. Advises and assists the File Room Supervisor in the management of the information and transition to a filmless environment. Plans for, conducts, and participates in meetings and conferences and disseminates the information appropriately. Delegates accountability for management of department during scheduled absence. Communicates necessary information while away. Identifies staff learning needs and develops and implements a plan to meet those needs utilizing available resources. Provides for continuing education of staff to improve their competence and ensure quality patient care. Establishes and maintains professional rapport with physicians and other departments to facilitate communication and problem solving. Provides input to staff regarding their strengths and weaknesses and assists them in developing self-directed goals and plans for continuous improvement. Assures that work assignments are consistent with the qualifications of the department personnel. Delegates responsibility while taking into account the staffs capabilities.

Develops a long-range plan relative to the phased implementation of PACS and coordinates with department management staff to select products that meet the required standards including technical, financial proposals or alternate devices when available.

Maintains an awareness of political, privacy, and ethical issues related to health care, specifically in radiology.

Seeks to improve skills through attending education programs, seminars and/or self-study and through vendor training on software and equipment. Coordinates and/or trains clinicians and department staff in the use of PACS and related systems.

Basic Qualifications:


Minimum two (2) years of project management experience required.


Bachelors degree in radiological science OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

License, Certification, Registration


Additional Requirements:

Must have some computer programming background, working with Web Servers, knowledge of SQL and experience of any programming language (C, C++, Javascript, etc).

Proficiency with information technology and network infrastructure with understanding of related software programs required.

Mechanical aptitude and ability with attention to detail required.

Excellent communication, organizing, and training skills required.

Clinical experience with emphasis on radiology systems required.

Demonstrates a sound knowledge base for clinical and managerial decision-making.

Demonstrates accountability and initiative to follow-up on error correction, improvement of current methods, and contributes new ideas to improve work practices.

Demonstrates characteristics of a leader through role modeling, change agent, flexibility, creativity, and risk taking in approaches to goal setting and goal achievement.

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum two (2) years of experience managing a PACS system preferred.

Experience and knowledge of iSite PACS preferred.

Biomedical and/or IT experience preferred.

Masters degree preferred.

Keywords: Kaiser Permanente, Silver Spring , Administrator, PACS, Other , Silver Spring, Maryland

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