API/Sunquest Webinars

API and Sunquest provided highly relevant webinars building upon the previous year’s series exploring how institutions could overcome the operational setup, communication and analytics challenges health systems faced with responding to COVID-19. These webinars are free of charge to API members and are also available to be downloaded from the members’ only area of the API website. We thank Dr. Bruce Friedman for his outstanding efforts and vision in organizing these sessions.

2021  API/Sunquest Webinars

The Year of the Lab:  Impact during COVID-19

March 24, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT
The COVID-19 pandemic stressed many segments of the U.S. healthcare enterprise, not the least of which has been clinical laboratories who have dealt with lack of available assays and other supply chain issues, regulatory challenges, shifting and virtual workload, and more. However, in-system laboratories across the country rose to the occasion, providing critical diagnoses for COVID and other health conditions, and enabled their healthcare systems to continue to provide care, with immense clinical and financial impact.  IT support for these efforts was significant, and included documentation and billing of test results, EMR alerts, data management, and interaction with public health labs and health system executives.

We need to reflect on this past year, recognize the fundamental impact of the lab on our healthcare systems, and prepare ourselves for the future.  Lessons from this year will help us prepare for future viral pandemics, as well as improve the delivery of standard healthcare.   Dr. Karen Kaul will address these and other points in her lecture and will also respond to questions put to her by the virtual audience.

Speaker:
Karen Kaul MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Duckworth Family Chair
NorthShore University Health System
Clinical Professor of Pathology
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine  

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Betting on the future of the Lab. Reimbursement and financial challenges in the game of value-based care

April 28, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT

As a laboratory professional, you know the reimbursement and financial challenges associated with laboratory testing. As we continue the move towards value-based care, laboratories need to be leaders, not laggards, in order to win. It’s time to double-down and build the right strategic game plan that delivers on the best financial and operational return for your organization, and more importantly for the delivery of higher quality care, improved patient safety and outcomes for the community served.

Lab leaders need to consider or understand the impact of:

  •     Emerging payment models
  •     Current state of value payment models
  •     Emerging technology, such as AI
  •     Lab versus centralized IT
  •     Importance and awareness of laboratory data impact, regardless of source, throughout the care continuum


Speakers:
Sam Terese
President and Chief Executive Officer
Alverno Laboratories
Mark D. Dixon
President
The Mark Dixon Group, LLC

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Business and Clinical Analytics as Key Components of Lab Operations

June 9, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT

Business analytics is a key element in optimizing clinical lab operations. Driven by a variety of software, data mining techniques, and visualizations, such processes are essential to laboratory quality and efficiency. In this one-hour presentation, Dr. Tuthill will present the philosophy behind analytics development as well as several case studies in which analytics is deployed in the Henry Ford Health System laboratories. He will also address in-house development of analytic tools as well as the role of vendor provided solutions.

Lab leaders need to consider or understand:

  • Where to start, what to measure
  • The role of in-house analytics tools, today and in the future
  • Importance and awareness of laboratory analytics throughout the care continuum
Woven through the discussion will be an emphasis on ways to measure the benefits of the software as well as deployment challenges.


Speakers:

J. Mark Tuthill, MD
Division Head, Pathology Informatics
Henry Ford Health Systems

Moderated By:
Bruce A. Friedman, MD
Emeritus Professor of Pathology,
University of Michigan Medical School

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Population Health: How Labs Play an Integral Role in Supporting Better Care

August 18, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT

 

Population health management refers to the process of improving the clinical health outcomes of a defined group of individuals through improved care coordination and patient engagement supported by relevant financial and patient care data. The definition of population health is now being expanded to include tasks such as management of public health challenges such as COVID-19 and wellness programs in which the laboratories play essential roles.

On August 18 at 1:00pm ET, Sunquest and API will continue their free virtual series for 2021 with a new webinar entitled: “Population Health: How Labs Play an Integral Role in Supporting Better Care”

During this webinar, speaker Dr. Myra Wilkerson will discuss the role that laboratory professionals can play in population health by developing value-based payment models and pursuing value-based care.

Speakers:
Myra L. Wilkerson, MD
Geisinger Medical Laboratories

Moderated by:
Bruce A. Friedman, MD
Emeritus Professor of Pathology
University of Michigan Medical School

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Integrated Diagnostics: Transforming the Future of Clinical Decision-Making

October 13, 2021 | 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT

On October 13 at 1:00pm ET, Sunquest and API will continue their free virtual series for 2021 with a new webinar entitled: “Integrated Diagnostics: Transforming the Future of Clinical Decision-Making”

Integrated diagnostics can improve the quality of cancer care for patients, offering better clinical interpretation with actionable results accompanied by better monitoring and surveillance. Unfortunately, clinical interpretation is not easily mass-produced, and human curation for integrated diagnostics takes time and effort.

During this webinar, we will show how computational integrated diagnostics effort at MSKCC, automating the merger of radiology, laboratory, pathologic, and genomic has resulted in a curated, live, dynamic diagnostic interface supporting providers who determine treatment and patient surveillance.

Speakers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will discuss the role that laboratory professionals can play in integrated diagnostics and efficiencies gained for clinical interpretation and treatment plans.

Speakers:

S. Joseph Sirintrapun, M.D. Director of Pathology Informatics 
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
 
Aijazudden Syed, M.A. Senior Leader, Bioinformatics Software
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
 

Moderated by:

J. Mark Tuthill, MD Division Head, Pathology Informatics
Henry Ford Health System

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2020  API/Sunquest Webinars

RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Informatics Virtual Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Part 4:
RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Organizational and Strategic Insights for Clinical Lab Part 1

Recorded: July 29, 2020 | 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT

Speakers:
  David G. Grenache, PhD, MT (ASCP)
  J. Mark Tuthill, MD
  Brian R. Jackson, MD
Moderated by:
  Bruce A. Friedman, M.D.

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Part 5:
RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Organizational and Strategic Insights for Clinical Lab Part 2

Recorded: September 22, 2020 | 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT

Speakers:
  Sam Terese
  Laboratories in Hammond, IndianaAlvernoPresident and Chief Executive Officer of
  Stan Schofield
  Managing Principal at The Compass Group Scarborough, Maine

Moderated by:
  Bruce A. Friedman, M.D. Emeritus Professor of Pathology,
  University of Michigan Medical School

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2019  API/Sunquest Webinars

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

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

Moderated by:
  Bob McGonnagle

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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  API/Sunquest Webinars

The Challenges of Enabling Precision Medicine Diagnostics

Date Published: 02/25/2018

Presenter: Nabil Hafez, MS, MBA,
                   Sr. Director, Product Management, SUNQUEST

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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

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2017  API/Sunquest 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

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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

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2016  API/Sunquest 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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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Big Data in Healthcare

Date Published: 03/17/2016
Presenter: Sonny Varadan, Senior IT Management Consultant, Nichols Management Group
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Integration of Radiology-Pathology Diagnostics at UCLA

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