Monday, November 4, 2013

The quest to train professionals with in-depth hands-on DICOM and HL7 experience.

Students from our June PACS class
The current penetration of EMR’s for physicians is already exceeding 50% and for hospitals it is more than 70%. One of the most common issues that are brought up by CIO’s about their implementation challenges is the lack of available expertise to integrate these systems with their order entry systems, lab, pharmacy, and the numerous other connections. A typical institution has about 150 computer systems ranging from surgery to blood bank, all of them typically exchanging this information using the HL7 standard, and many of them needing to be connected to the new EMR’s. In addition to the much sought after HL7 expertise, as these systems are going to be increasingly “image enabled”, the need for professionals with detailed DICOM knowledge, especially for the integration and troubleshooting, will also undoubtedly increase significantly.

If you are looking for an opportunity to strengthen your skills, here is your opportunity as OTech offers its next DICOM/HL7 seminar (see schedule) in the second week of December, following our popular PACS administration certification class in the Dallas Metroplex. The HL7 training covers a comprehensive discussion on the Version 2 standard, including a hands-on section which allows students to create and test HL7 messaging from a variety of applications. The DICOM training covers not only the DICOM protocol and data format specifications in great detail, but also provides students with numerous tools and test images to be able to implement and troubleshoot integration projects.
Especially for those living in the Northeast and Midwest, this seminar in the Dallas area will be a nice break from the cold while having the opportunity to eat some local BBQ and steaks (and yes, if you are a vegetarian, we have lots of choices as well). Looking forward to see you in Texas!

Herman Oosterwijk

President OTech Inc.