This position is located at the Cheyenne VA Health Care System in Cheyenne, WY in the Radiology Department under the direction of the Assistant Chief, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT). As the (DRT) Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) Administrator your responsible for evaluating, monitoring and continuously improving various imaging informatics workflows for the Department to include providing guidance/instruction, maintenance and troubleshooting services in daily operations. In this position the work involves devising means to maintain continuity of workflow through normal and degraded system conditions; resolving common and unusual operating problems; ensuring that communications are operational for all sites; and working with specialists to develop appropriate operational procedures for new and revised processing and systems software requirements. You should have knowledge of all Joint Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and VA standards regarding radiology quality assurance and other technical functions. Responsibilities as the administrator include Quality Management of the commercial PACS System, voice recognition (VR) system, all Vista Imaging interfaces (RIS) with respect to Radiology image dataflow, Radiation dose information retrieval and dissemination, digital image acquisition and storage (all modalities) processes. Duties Include but not limited to: Serves as a direct liaison between the Radiology Department and other clinical / administrative services on matters related to PACS function, utility as related to user feedback and education of clinical staff; is the team leader in the planning, development, installation and operation of the PACS network. Coordinates and provides backup support to other imaging staff and other network specialists; analyses problems, determines the correct course of action required to correct problems and prepares detailed project plans for implementation when necessary for change and/or upgrades to the PACS. Coordinates the monitoring, operating and security processes and procedures related to training end users in the use of specific operating systems in accordance with established and approved standards. Evaluates requests for PACS equipment and assess the relative costs and benefits of various systems in a wide variety of administrative and clinical settings. Formulates the development of major administrative policies governing the implementation and operations of the medical center's PACS system. Supervises the installation of PACS related equipment throughout the medical center with responsibility for assisting users and identifying problems, developing action plans to resolve problems and providing adequate support to end users in all phases of PACS activities. Monitors equipment utilization to ensure all PACS computers are secured and protected. Trains medical center personnel in the use and operation of PACS systems. Responsible for promoting, encouraging and supporting the use of state-of-the-art technology to support the medical center PACS programs. Recommends equipment modification, new equipment and essential construction (space required) within the services. Is responsible for existing equipment and contractual services. Meets with biomedical personnel to discuss equipment malfunctions and to set priorities for equipment repair. Responsible for coordinating the activities of biomedical personnel within the imaging service to ensure that all equipment is properly maintained and repaired as required. Develops and implements contingency plans during equipment downtimes to maintain a 24/7 Radiology Department 365 days a year. Works closely with the Service Chief, Chief Technologist, Assistant Chief Technologist of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Quality Management in facilitating imaging directives within the facility. Determines resources to devote to programs, which involve staffing, equipment and resource allocations; analyzes the optimum mix of reduced operating costs and assurance program effectiveness including introduction of labor-saving devices, automated processes and method improvements. Serves as a mentor for Radiology students and other technologists by educating staff on electronic image management, future PACS advances and applications. Has expert knowledge in anatomy, image quality, artifact identification, exposure factors and radiation safety. Finds and implements ways to eliminate or reduce significant bottlenecks and barriers to productions, promotes team building and improves business practices for the Radiology Department. Supports radiologists, physicians, residents, etc. to produce radiographic studies used to diagnose medical conditions. Explains procedures, positions patients for desired results, and cushions and shields patients as appropriate per radiation safety and patient protection guidelines. Determines technical factors, sets controls and operates complex and specialized equipment. Serves as senior consultant for the maintenance and repair of PACS equipment. Maintains audit/tracking program of system quality and performance measures, Performs triage, rearranges patient priorities, and provides expert guidance to other staff. As needed, independently functions as a DRT, which may include complex modalities such as CT, MR, and US. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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