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ASCP 2013: Pathologists and Lab Professionals Collaborate to Unlock Mysteries of Personalized Medicine

Monday, June 03, 2013

The ability to interpret and translate mounds of clinical data into diagnostic therapies that improve patient care outcomes is vital to personalized medicine and will be one of the primary topics of the educational sessions presented at ASCP 2013 Chicago, Sept. 18–21.

“Laboratory medicine is used in more complex ways today,” says Michael Becich, MD, PhD, FASCP, who will lead a session titled, “The Critical Role of Pathology Informatics in Big Data Initiatives,” on Sept. 19, at ASCP 2013 Chicago.

“Integrating and synthesizing laboratory data over time on a patient is what medicine needs now. Pathology and the laboratory information systems are ill prepared to provide that in a synthesized fashion. Increasingly, physicians will have to take our data and turn that into something meaningful on their own.”
—Michael Becich, MD, PhD, FASCP

“Integrating and synthesizing laboratory data over time on a patient is what medicine needs now,” he explains. “Pathology and the laboratory information systems are ill prepared to provide that in a synthesized fashion. Increasingly, physicians will have to take our data and turn that into something meaningful on their own.”

Dr. Becich and other luminaries in pathology informatics, including Bruce Friedman, MD, FASCP, Ulysses Balis, MD, and Raymond Aller, MD, FASCP, will join forces with practicing laboratory professionals to present 22 hours of education sessions on informatics at ASCP 2013 Chicago. Developed by ASCP’s affiliate, the Association for Pathology Informatics, the sessions range from how to use informatics to drive laboratory quality improvement to using digital imaging to diagnose illnesses and develop appropriate therapies.

Dr. Becich

 

         Dr. Aller

 

Dr. Friedman and Dr. Balis will serve as panelists in a general session, “GEN3 Preparing for Seismic Shifts in Pathology Informatics,” moderated by Mark Tuthill, MD, FASCP, on Sept. 20.

“The biggest challenges facing pathology and laboratory medicine are the need for maximum functionality of the laboratory information systems, the need for more sophisticated systems to analyze the incredible amount of data created by genomic medicine, and the ability for pathologists and medical laboratory professionals to continue to have direct control of their own data,” says Dr. Friedman, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Additionally, not all laboratories have the same level of technological sophistication. Today, laboratories have the tools to be positively sure who the patient is, and that the specimen is matched with the right patient.

“We are obligated to use biometrics for identifying the patient and a secure token (barcode or Radio Frequency Identification wristband) to match that patient with every specimen collected,” says Dr. Aller, Clinical Professor and Director of Medical Informatics at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles. “Yet many laboratories haven't reached this minimum quality threshold.”

Dr. Aller will present a session, "Without Informatics, Laboratory Quality Falls Short," on Sept. 20.

In this new era of personalized medicine, it will be critical for pathologists to collaborate with the laboratory professionals, who are becoming increasingly involved in laboratory informatics on a daily basis.

Pam Banning, MLS(ASCP)CM, project manager and healthcare data analyst at 3M Health Information, Portland, Ore., hopes to increase laboratory professionals’ comfort level with clinical informatics during her session, “Charting the Course and Setting the Keel: Achieving Meaningful Use and Patient Safety through Adoption of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” on Sept 18.

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