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The position of a picture archival computer system (PACS) administrator applies to two main industries: clinical health care and information technology (IT). Their role is to communicate clearly with other network personnel to facilitate the diagnostic processes of a radiologist or, in the technology field, a system architect, and analyzing and storing visual data is an important part of the job. It is a complex challenge to engineer a picture archival computer system, and many companies use proprietary methods of receiving and sending image data.

The risks are substantial, as any downtime in the system could lead to costly delays in care, and failure of clear communication could also lead to mistrust from the provider. Picture archival computer system (PACS) administrators are essentially responsible for the data and imaging from multiple network care providers, and they must be able to retrieve and store data at a moment's notice in a fail-safe system. Failure to properly run the system can directly impact the safety of a patient.

PACS administrators work closely with other network administrators and engineers within the company, which is usually contracted by medical and technological specialists to maintain adequate systems for storing, accessing, and interpreting their data. Some employers require at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, information services, or a related field for this position, as well as several years of experience in information technology (IT) and/or direct experience with picture archival computer systems.
Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) Administrator Tasks
  • Investigate and resolve problems with files, automation and exceptions.
  • Work with users to understand and meet needs.
  • Coordinate work flow for images, including archive and routing automation.
  • Audit and verify metadata and data capture in the system and across work flow.

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