Please note that our RIS & PACS Management programmes have been suspended for September 2021 intake.
Graduate Certificate Radiology Information Systems & Picture Archiving and Communications Systems
Radiology Information Systems and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems are a fast developing aspect of medicine. These systems offer more efficient information management for data and images. They are increasingly relied upon for clinical conferences, and imaging terminals are now to be found in all locations within the hospital. The management of these systems is essential to ensure that their benefits are maximised and that patient data is controlled in a legislatively compliant manner.
The course is targeted towards:
Management of radiology information systems / picture archiving communication and communication systems (RIS/PACS) is essential to ensure that the benefits of both systems are maximised and to further ensure that patient data is controlled in a responsible and legislatively compliant way.
The first module acts as a primer for the system administration level of operation. It delivers advanced information on modern image acquisition, storage and display systems in radiology. RIS/PACS administration is explored, including current regulatory requirements. The second module aims to build on the RIS/PACS frontline skillsets, to develop specialised knowledge and understanding of theRIS/PACS manager role and to prepare the student for overall system management.
This will cover skill sets required through an entire project lifecycle from initial specification, system procurement, implementation & go-live management, service level agreement management and active staff & documentation management. The final module aims to build on the RIS/PACS I & II skill sets to apply specialised knowledge and understanding in a practicalclinical context. It is particularly developed to infer professional competence in RIS/PACS administration in both an overall system management role and a frontline support role.
The programme comprises three 10 credit modules: RIS / PACS 1, 2 and 3.
RIS PACS 1
This module seeks to impart the information required to be familiar with the technology and justification of a Radiology Information System and a Picture Archiving and Communication System in a diagnostic imaging department. This module is of particular relevance to radiographers, radiation therapists, IT professionals and RIS/PACS personnel. It is taught over six days and incorporates HITS. HITS (Health Informatics Training System) is an IT certification programme for healthcare workers. The HITS Level 1 syllabus gives a basic understanding of health informatics and is suitable for anyone working in the healthcare industry, at any level. The course is delivered online, where candidates can also access study aids including quizzes and a sample test. The course is self study, approximately 20 hours study time is required. On completion candidates sit an online test in a supervised test environment. The test is of 45 minutes duration and comprises 40 knowledge-based multi-choice questions. A pass mark of 75% is required to attain the certificate, which is issued by ICS SKILLS.
Personal / Professional Development:
RIS PACS 2
UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science is pleased to offer a module designed for professionals working with or aspiring to work with RIS / PACS facilities in the hospital environment. This module provides an appropriate theoretical background for radiographers, radiation therapists, IT professionals and PACS personnel working within or around the RIS / PACS of an Imaging department. The module has been approved in UCD and is worth 10 European Credit Transfer points at Masters level. This module is of particular relevance to radiographers, radiation therapists, IT professionals and RIS/PACS personnel. This module is taught over six days.
To understand system procurement:
To drive system implementation:
RIS PACS 3
This will be a 10 credit, level 4 module. The course entry requirements are an appropriate undergraduate degree qualification or equivalent. This module is of particular relevance to radiographers, radiation therapists, IT professionals and RIS/PACS personnel particularly those that have undergone RIS PACS I and II. This module aims to build on the RIS/PACS System Administrator skill sets to develop specialised knowledge and understanding of the RIS/PACS manager role to practically prepare the student for the overall system management role as opposed to a frontline support role.
This will cover skill sets required through an entire project lifecycle from initial specification, system procurement, implementation & go-live management, Service level Agreement management and finally active staff & documentation management. The module will particularly focus on the clinical skills associated with the practice of RIS PACS Management.
Indicative Learning Objectives :
RIS/PACS1 (2021/2022) RDGY40850
Block 1 13th & 14th September 2021
Block 2 11th & 12th October 2021
Block 3 15th & 16th November 2021
RIS/PACS2 (2021/2022) RDGY40800
Block 1 24th & 25th January 2022
Block 2 21st & 22nd February 2022
Block 3 11th & 12th April 2022
RIS/PACS3 (2021/2022) RDGY40880
Block 1 5th & 6th September 2022
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Academic Programme Director
Dr. John Stowe
School of Medicine