The Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and Sunquest Information Systems will be offering a second series of free webinars focusing on timely topics in pathology informatics. The first series of six presentations, offered in 2013-2014, were well received with a total of nearly 500 participants. This new series will be composed of seven lectures and will explore pathology informatics as one of the key elements in the quest for greater efficiency and effectiveness of pathology and clinical lab operations. This efficiency/effectiveness goal is being driven largely by healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Particularly important will be attention to the emerging areas of molecular testing and genomics.
Below is the list of the seven lectures, each lasting about an hour, that will be included in this second series accompanied by the names of the faculty who will present them. I will be presenting the first of these lectures on Tuesday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Dates and times for the next six will be provided on Lab Soft News as they are become available.
- Information management in Pathology and Healthcare Reform: Responding to Cost Containment Pressures (Bruce Friedman; September 9, 2014, at 1:00 EDT)
- Deploying Analytic Software in Your Lab for Management Support (Dennis Winsten and Hal Weiner)
- Working with Clinicians to Improve Test Ordering and Result Interpretation (Jason Baron and Anand Dighe)
- Computational Pathology: IT Support for Basic Research in Pathology (Mike Becich)
- Diagnostic Information Systems and Enhanced IT Support for Cancer Genomics (Justin Starrin)
- What the Future Holds for Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Lab Testing (Jill Hagenkord)
- How Digital Pathology Will Reshape Surgical Pathology (Steve Hewitt)
Registration for this first lecture and all of those following is simple. Point your browser to this registration page (see: You're Invited to Attend the Second Pathology Informatics Webinar Series Presented by Sunquest and API) and provide your name, organization, and email address. You will then receive an invitation in response.
The premise underlying this first lecture is simple. Healthcare reform, most particularly the ACO, has placed pressure on pathology and the clinical labs to operate faster and deliver less expensive and higher quality results. One of the key elements in this response is through the deployment of pathology informatics tools to improve managerial and clinical efficiency. Specific details will be provided such as the deployment of analytic software packages that provide dashboards to analyze various aspects of lab operations. Attention will also be paid to the future of LISs which is critical in this era of maximum attention to EHRs.