Clinical Informatics Revolutionizes Lab Medicine
Monday, May 13, 2013
When Michael Feldman, MD, PhD, FASCP, was training in surgical pathology, he was amazed at the amount of data that diagnostic tests generated, yet how little of that data was used. That sparked his career-long quest to learn how to apply medical data to improve patient-centered care.
“Clinical informatics is a growth area that pathologists and laboratory professionals need to learn."
—Michael Feldman, MD, PhD, FASCP
“Clinical informatics is a growth area that pathologists and laboratory professionals need to learn,” says Dr. Feldman, an internationally known pioneer in pathology informatics.
Dr. Feldman will share his expertise in an interactive webinar titled “Informatics and the Future of Lab Medicine” on May 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. CDT to ASCP members enrolled in the Lab Management University (LMU) certificate program. Individuals who are not enrolled in the LMU program, which is a joint collaboration of ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation, will have an opportunity to view the recorded webinar later on the ASCP website.
“Informatics is at the leading edge of laboratory medicine,” says Dr. Feldman, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Pathology Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia. “Image analysis, for example, is already allowing us to make discoveries that pathologists have not recognized in their slides. The idea is that the image is broken down into series of quantifiable metrics to predict features of the image. One feature is to see if you can make a diagnosis, and another is to see how aggressive a tumor is.”
Dr. Feldman is renowned for his groundbreaking research in image analysis and was one of the first physicians to join a group of bioengineers in group called Histopathological Image Analysis, according to Liron Pantanowitz, MD, FASCP, President of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API).
Dr. Feldman continues to lead several initiatives related to ASCP and plays a critical role in the integration of technology in the Society’s continuing education programs.
This upcoming webinar on informatics is just one example of that. Recognizing that informatics plays an increasingly crucial role in pathology and laboratory medicine, ASCP is tapping the expertise of the leaders in pathology informatics to share with its members.
Visit www.ascp.org/lmu to sign up for ASCP’s bimonthly LMU new student orientation.