API/Sunquest Webinars


 

2020  API/Sunquest Webinars:

 

RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Informatics Virtual Conference

April 01, 2020 | 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT

 

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been overwhelming and disruptive to most, if not all healthcare organizations across the globe. Collaboration and communication are key to building best practices and responsiveness.

Join us for a special virtual discussion with leading healthcare leaders to learn what you can do to overcome the operational setup, communication and analytics challenges health systems face – today – with responding to coronavirus.

Speakers:

  • Mark Tuthill, MD
    Division Head, Pathology Informatics
    Henry Ford Health System
  • Joseph Sirintrapun, MD
    Director of Pathology Informatics
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Ulysses Balis, MD
    Director, Division of Pathology Informatics
    University of Michigan Health System

Moderated by:

  • Bruce Friedman, MD
    Emeritus Professor of Pathology
    University of Michigan Medical School

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Part 1:
RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Riding the Surge - Informatics Virtual Conference

April 15, 2020 | 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT

 

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been overwhelming and disruptive to most, if not all healthcare organizations across the globe. Collaboration and communication are key to building best practices and responsiveness.

Watch the recording of a special virtual discussion with healthcare leaders to learn what you can do to overcome the operational setup, communication and analytics challenges health systems face – today – with responding to coronavirus.


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Part 2:
RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Informatics Virtual Conference

April 29, 2020 | 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT

 

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been overwhelming and disruptive to most, if not all healthcare organizations across the globe. Collaboration and communication are key to building best practices and responsiveness.

Join us for a special virtual discussion with leading healthcare leaders to learn what you can do to overcome the operational setup, communication and analytics challenges health systems face – today – with responding to coronavirus.


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Part 3:
RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Informatics Virtual Conference

May 13, 2020 | 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT

 

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been overwhelming and disruptive to most, if not all healthcare organizations across the globe. Collaboration and communication are key to building best practices and responsiveness.

Join us for a special virtual discussion with leading healthcare leaders to learn what you can do to overcome the operational setup, communication and analytics challenges health systems face – today – with responding to coronavirus.

The May 13 virtual conference will focus on key topics including molecular testing for SARS-CoV-2, telecytology, and the use of analytics and business intelligence managing the disease.

Speakers:
 

Liron Pantanowitz, M.D.University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  
Daniel Herman, M.D., Ph.D.University of Pennsylvania
  
Michael Bachman, M.D., Ph.D.University of Michigan
  

Moderated by:
 

Bruce A. Friedman, M.D.Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

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            2019  Webinars
 

New 2019 webinar series on pathology informatics and DRIVING LABORATORY EFFICIENCY and EFFECTIVENESS in large multi-hospital systems

Value based care, consolidations, and staffing challenges continue to put pressure on today’s laboratory.  How do you to manage your business with the move from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, while also managing the change in staffing and testing requirements – to not only survive, but thrive?

Learn how to increase efficiency and effectiveness within your laboratory by attending this free webinar series hosted by API and Sunquest.

Part 1: Tuesday, February 26, 1pm ET / 10am PT

Moderated by:
Bob McGonnagle
Publisher, CAP Today

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Part one of this two-part webinar series (Feb. 26 at 1pm ET/10am PT) will focus on ways you can improve workflow, reduce costs and improve outcomes, while delivering value-based care for your organization.

Our first speaker, Dr. Anil Parwani, will step through the logistical challenges of a multi-hospital digital pathology deployment, and will then guide you through various scenarios, including core histopathology processing and centralized pathologist review, that can result in a reduction in processing and resource redundancies, and improve pathologist collaboration and review.

Next, Dr. Brian Jackson will discuss the various pro’s and con’s of the insourcing and outsourcing of tests – from the routine to the more specialized esoteric testing – and help you identify what you need to consider when developing centers of excellence expertise, and support the reduction in send out costs and improve workflow.

Part 2: Tuesday, March 26, 1pm ET / 10am PT

Part two of the series, scheduled for March 26, 1pm ET/10am PT, will focus on encouraging innovation in the clinical and pathology laboratories, including the support for quality laboratory reporting throughout a large health system environment.

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       2018  Webinars


The Challenges of Enabling Precision Medicine Diagnostics

Date Published: 02/25/2018
Presenter: Nabil Hafez, MS, MBA, Sr. Director, Product Management, SUNQUEST

The Challenges of Pathology Informatics in Large Health Systems:

Part 1: Can you hear me now?
Date Published: 10/1/2018
Presenters:  Brian Jackson, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Utah                    
                    Walter Henricks, M.D., Vice-Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic

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The Challenges of Pathology Informatics in Large Health Systems:

Part 2: Interoperability and IT
Date Published: 10/23/2018
Presenters:  Mark Tuthill, M.D., Division Head, Pathology Informatics Henry Ford Health System, K-6 Pathology         
                    Brad Brimhall, M.D., Medical Director of Healthcare Analytics & Bioinformatics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

           2017  Webinars



HIT from the Regulatory Point of View

Date Published: 5/11/2017
Presenter: Walter Hendricks, MD, Cleveland Clinic
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Primary Diagnosis Using Digital Pathology - Are We There Yet?

Date Published: 3/22/2017
Presenter: : Liron Pantanowitz, MD, UPMC
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Consumerism in Diagnostics: Retail Testing and the Future of Providers

Date Published: 02/16/2017
Presenter: Bob McGonnagle, Publisher, CAP TODAY, ARCHIVES of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine


The Shifting Value Equation Between Hospital Labs and Reference Labs

Date Published: 01/26/2017
Presenter: Brian Jackson, MD, MS, VP, CMIO ARUP Laboratories, Associate Professor of Pathology (Clinical), University of Utah

           2016  Webinars


Leveraging Informatics in the Clinical Laboratory

Date Published: 09/28/2016
Presenter: Amand Dighe, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Presenter: Jason Baron, MD, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Computational Pathology IT Support for Research in Pathology

Date Published: 09/27/2016
Presenter: Michael J. Becich, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Deploying Analytic Software in your Lab for Management Support

Date Published: 09/19/2016
Presenter: Dennis Winsten, Dennis Winsten & Associates, Inc.
Presenter: Hal Weiner, Weiner Consulting Services, LLC

Pathology Informatics - A Key Element for Navigating through Healthcare Reform

Date Published: 09/19/2016
Presenter: Bruce A. Friedman, MD, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School

EHR and IT Issues in Genomic Driven Healthcare

Date Published: 09/19/2016
Presenter: Justin Starren MD, PhD, FACMI, Deputy Director, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS)

The University of Pathology Informatics

Date Published: 07/06/2016
Presenter: Michael W. Riben MD, Pathologist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Chair, UPI Executive Committee

Big Data in Healthcare

Date Published: 03/17/2016
Presenter: Sonny Varadan, Senior IT Management Consultant, Nichols Management Group

Integration of Radiology-Pathology Diagnostics at UCLA

Date Published: 02/19/2016
Presenter: W. Dean Wallace, MD, Department of Pathology, UCLA

Clinical Informatics Fellowships and Opportunities for Pathology Informatics

Date Published: 01/27/2016
Presenter: Bruce Levy, MD, CPE, Associate Chief Health Information Officer, University of Illinois at Chicago

             2015  Webinars  

Informatics Connectivity to Enhance Point of Care Testing

Date Published: 12/16/2015
Presenter: David McClintock, MD, Medical Director, Pathology Informatics, University of Chicago Medicine

How Digital Pathology Will Change the Workflow of Surgical Pathology

Date Published: 10/15/2015
Presenter: Liron Pantanowitz, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Pathology

ONC’s Laboratory Results Interface (LRI) and Laboratory Orders Interface (LOI)

Date Published: 10/07/2015
Presenter: Walter H. Henricks, MD, Medical Director, Center for Pathology Informatics, Pathologist, Cleveland Clinic


Digital Pathology Meets Surgical Pathology

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT
Presenter: Stephen M. Hewitt, MD, PhD, FCAP, FASCP, Clinical Investigator in the Laboratory of Pathology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
 
The nature of diagnostic histopathology has been the deliberate process of advancement in technology to ensure continuity of diagnostic accuracy and information. The converse is true of digital imaging in pathology; it is a disruptive technology that changes how a pathologist interacts with the specimen. Despite the predictions, digital pathology has not changed daily sign-out practice yet. The issue is: how will whole slide imaging change surgical pathology? Replacing microscopes with computers and screens offers little, if any, economic incentive alone. However, enablement of the additional technologic opportunities of digital pathology could change surgical pathology substantially. This presentation will offer particular focus on the following points:
  • Digital pathology is being used for consultation, and has substantial benefits in research applications
  • The success of digital pathology requires additional applications to enable and improve the efficiency of the pathologist
  • Adoption of digital pathology for primary sign-out will be driven by economic factors

10 Years of Direct Access Genetics: What Have We Learned?

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 12 PM EDT/9 AM PDT
Presenter: Jill Hagenkord, MD, FCAP, Chief Medical Officer of 23andMe

Over the past ten years, direct access genetics has impacted many facets of the healthcare system, playing a critical role in personalized medicine and accelerating research. The journey to make genetic information accessible and affordable for all has not been without challenges. Dr. Jill Hagenkord will discuss the importance of DTC and big data to further medical advancements. This presentation includes:

  • 23andMe: An overview
  • 10 years of research on the impact of DTC genetics
  • Changing the research paradigm
  • Forces influencing a consumer genetics market
  • Looking ahead: the impact of “genetics abundance”

Deploying Analytic Software in Your Lab for Management Support

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 12 PM EDT/9 AM PDT

Presenters: Dennis Winsten, MS, FHMIMSS, FCLMA, President, Dennis Winsten & Associated, Inc.
Hal Weiner, MBA, President, Weiner Consulting Services, LLC

With reduced reimbursement, laboratories are under increasing pressure to optimize business practices, improve utilization and cut costs. Business Intelligence is a set of analytic software that provides organized, well-structured and understandable views of laboratory operational and financial data. business intelligence can greatly assist management to better understand their laboratory operations and make well-founded, prudent decisions to meet laboratory objectives. This presentation will describe the characteristics of business intelligence, explain why it is important, provide examples of business intelligence capabilities and offer considerations for system selection and some guidelines for implementation of a business intelligence system in your laboratory. Attendees will be able to:

  • Determine the potential value and benefits of business intelligence software for their laboratory
  • Assess and evaluate the characteristics and capabilities of various business intelligence alternatives
  • Describe the key differentiators in selecting the best fit business intelligence system for their laboratory

            2014  Webinars   


Crossing Omic Chasm - Why Is It So Hard?

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2014, at 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT
Presenter: Justin Starren, MD, PhD, FACMI, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
While the need for genomic decision support has been universally recognized and discussed in numerous papers, the number of actual implementations has been few. Many commercial EHR vendors have stated publicly that they do not have near-tearm plans to store genomic data within the EHR itself, although they anticipate exposing genomic computerized decision support within their workflows. Several papers have explicitly commented on the need for Ancillary Genomic Systems (AGS) to mediate between the large volumes of genomic data that is anticipated and the limited data capacity of most EHR systems. The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network is a multi-institutional network exploring the challenges of implementing GCDs in real-world situations. This presentation will discuss the progress of eMERGE to date and explore the broader challenges of implementing widespread genomic decision support.
This talk will discuss:
  • How genomic data differs from conventional EHR data
  • The architecture and function of an Ancillary Genomic System
  • Workflow challenges in Genomic Decision Support

Utilizing Informatics to Improve Laboratory Test Selection

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT
Presenter: Jason Baron, MD, Medical Director, Core Laboratory, Department of Pathology at MGH
Presenter: Anand Dighe, MD, PhD, Director, Core Laboratory, Department of Pathology at MGH
Strategic application of laboratory information technology and electronic clinical decision support can improve test utilization, decrease costs, increase quality and enhance diagnostic precision. This session will teach pathologists and other laboratory personnel how to navigate various technical, political and clinical challenges to providing enhanced clinical decision support for laboratory test selection and test result interpretation. This talk will offer attendees the background needed to take a more active leadership role in the clinical content of their own institution's hospital and laboratory information systems and to leverage these systems to improve diagnostic and economic value. Key points to be discussed include:
  • Technical and administrative barriers to implementing enhanced clinical decision support for laboratory testing
  • Strategic approaches to overcoming these barriers
  • Examples to illustrate available decision support tools and how these can be implemented to enhance diagnostic value

Computational Pathology: IT Support for Basic Research in Pathology

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT
Presenter: Michael J. Becich, MD, PhD, Chairman and Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
This webinar focuses on how computational pathology is integral to the future of Pathology. Dr. Becich will discuss the role of Pathology in biomedical research and it's increasing value in the advent of personalized medicine and big data. Whether it be genomic data from sequencing in the clinical and research labs, whole slide imaging, quantitative image analysis or bioinformatics, the value of Pathology data and IT to support research is critical for a department's academic success. Key takeaways from Dr. Becich's presentation include:
  • Defining computation pathology
  • Defining components for Pathology research IT support and their relationship to computational pathology
  • Discussing the approach the University of Pittsburgh has taken over the years to develop a robust research IT infrastructure in Pathology to support biomedical research

Using Pathology Informatics to Optimize Lab Efficiency and Quality in an Era of Healthcare Reform

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT
Presenter: Bruce A. Friedman, MD, Active Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School and President, Pathology Education Consortium
In this webinar Dr. Friedman explored how 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 were provided such as the deployment of analytic software packages that provide dashboards to analyze various aspects of lab operations. Attention was also paid to the future of LISs which is critical in this era of maximum attention to EHRs.

Laboratory Information System Functionality Assessment Toolkit (LIS-FAT): What you need to know about your LIS solution

Date: March 19, 2014, at 10am PST/1pm EST
Presenter: J. Mark Tuthill, MD, Division Head of Pathology Informatics at Henry Ford Health System
Presenter: Andrew Splitz, President/CEO of S&P Consultants, Inc.
The LIS Functionality Assessment Toolkit (LIS-FAT) was developed by the Association for Pathology Informatics to address the need for laboratories to outline their current LIS operational requirements as well as support selection of a new LIS or LIS module. This session will describe the rationale behind the toolkit's development and design. Attendees will be led through detailed examples of how the toolkit could be applied to their laboratories as well as how the various components work in concert.
The objectives of this webinar are to:
  • Understand the origin and drivers for development of the LIS-FAT
  • Review the history of the toolkit's development, design and organization
  • Examine the toolkit components (appendices) using detailed, real world examples

Integrated Disease Reporting: Order from (Almost) Chaos

Date: February 25, 2014, at 3:30pm EST/12:30pm PST
Presenter: Monica E. de Baca, MD of Hematologics, Inc.
Presenter: George Birdsong, MD of Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Health System
As the complexity of the data used to manage patients with chronic diseases has grown, the task of the clinician has become increasingly difficult and time consuming. At worst, patient safety can be compromised or delivery of care delayed due to the difficulty in retrieving all of the necessary data elements needed for treatment. This presentation outlines a framework that takes advantage of the capabilities of electronic reporting to create an Integrated Disease Report (IDR) - a single, succinct, integrated, interpretative report comprising all data pertinent to the disease: pathology results, laboratory data, imaging correlations, risk profiles, and therapeutic implications.
 

Problems of Mislabeled Specimens in U.S. Clinical Laboratories and Practical Solutions

Date: January 29, 2014 at 10am PST/1pm EST
Presenter: Brian R. Jackson, MD, MS, VP and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at ARUP Laboratories
Presenter: Charles D. Hawker, PhD MBA, Scientific Director for Automation at ARUP Laboratories.
Pre-analytical errors in clinical laboratories have been widely cited as a major factor adversely impacting patient safety. Mislabeled specimens have been reported as the most significant of these pre-analytic errors. This presentation will provide practical solutions that laboratories can implement that can reduce labeling errors, and will also describe a new unique robotic system that inspects relabeled specimens by photographing the outside of specimen tubes and using optical character recognition (OCR).
After participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:
  • List the many steps in the pre-analytical sequence at which labeling errors can occur
  • Understand the need to measure labeling errors in his/her own institution
  • Implement several actions to reduce labeling errors in his/her own institution
  • List the key elements of the CLSI AUTO12-A standard for specimen labels

Significance and Practical Applications of ATA Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm EST
Presenters:
  • Liron Pantanowitz, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology & Biomedical Informatics, Director of Cytology University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Shadyside, Director Pathology Informatics Fellowship, Department of Pathology, UPMC Shadyside, UPMC
  • Andrew Evans, MD, PhD, Staff Pathologist and Associate Professor, Director of Telepathology, University Health Network, Laboratory Medicine Program Toronto General Hospital
 
This joint webinar with the Association of Pathology Informatics (API) and American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will address the impact of the new ATA Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology. The guideline, published in August 2014, is an update to the original 1999 ATA guideline and provides new and updated guidance on specific applications, practice, benefits, limitations, and regulatory issues that may arise in the practice. This dynamic document will continue to evolve as the technology and applications change, but is designed to act as a guide to practitioners looking to implement telepathology.
Key points to be discussed in this webinar include:
  • The current state of telepathology and its various modalities
  • Overview of ATA telepathology guidelines
  • Significance and practical applications of guidelines
  • Points to be addressed in future versions of the guidelines

              2013  Webinars

 

Can We Resurrect the Autopsy in the High Tech/IT World?

Date: October 24, 2013, at 1pm EDT/10am PDT
Presenter: Bruce Levy, MD, Director of Pathology Informatics and Associate Chief Health Insurance Officer

The Meaning in “Meaningful Use” of EHRs – an Update for Laboratories and Pathologists

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT
Presenter: Walter H. Henricks, MD of Cleveland Clinic

Biospecimens, Biorepositories, and Biobanking Informatics – Practical Pearls for Pathologists

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 9am PDT/ 12pm EDT
Presenter: Dr. James Robb, MD FCAP, Consulting Pathologist
Presenter: Dr. Raj Dash, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology at Duke University Health System