Profession picture archiving and communication systems administrator

Picture archiving and communication systems administrators manage picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). They store images taken by various types of medical equipment, such as X-rays, in order to enable easy access to these images for medical. PACS administrators ensure the day-to-day management and maintenance of the system."

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Computer science

    The scientific and practical study that deals with the foundations of information and computation, namely algorithms, data structures, programming, and data architecture. It deals with the practicability, structure and mechanisation of the methodical procedures that manage the acquisition, processing, and access to information.

  • Project management

    Understand project management and the activities which comprise this area. Know the variables implied in project management such as time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and responding to unexpected events.

  • Medical terminology

    The meaning of medical terms and abbreviations, of medical prescriptions and various medical specialties and when to use it correctly.

  • Health records management

    The procedures and importance of record keeping in a healthcare system such as hospitals or clinics, the information systems used to keep and process records and how to achieve maximum accuracy of records.

  • Data protection

    The principles, ethical issues, regulations and protocols of data protection.

  • Medical informatics

    The processes and tools used for the analysis and dissemination of medical data through computerized systems.

Skills

  • Use electronic health records management system

    Be able to use specific software for the management of health care records, following appropriate codes of practice.

  • Interact with healthcare users

    Communicate with clients and their carer’s, with the patient’s permission, to keep them informed about the clients’ and patients’ progress and safeguarding confidentiality.

  • Attend to ICT systems quality

    Ensure correct operations which comply fully with specific needs and outcomes in terms of the development, integration, security and overall management of ICT systems.

  • Apply company policies

    Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an organisation.

  • Administer ICT system

    Handle components of ICT system by maintaining configuration, managing users, monitoring resource use, performing backups and installing hardware or software in order to ensure that the system meets the set requirements.

  • Maintain ICT system

    Select and apply system and network monitoring techniques. Identify and fix operational problems. Ensure that system's capabilities and efficiency match company specifications.

  • Manage radiology information system

    Develop and maintain a database to store, manage and distribute radiological images and data.

  • Archive healthcare users' records

    Properly store the health records of healthcare users, including test results and case notes so that they are easily retrieved when required.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

Optional knowledge and skills

solve ict system problems ict system user requirements develop professional network provide cost benefit analysis reports implement strategic planning develop ict workflow perform clerical duties human anatomy radiological photography identify suppliers supplier management cisco procurement of ict network equipment