MAY 29, 2014 6:00 AM PDT

Challenges for the Pathology Profession in the Age of the Electronic Health Record How Informatics and Standardisation Initiatives can Help

Speakers
  • Assistant Manager Biochemistry, Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Australia
    Biography
      Robert Flatman is the Assistant Manager in Biochemistry at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, a large private reference laboratory in Brisbane, Australia, and part of the Sonic Healthcare group.  A longstanding interest in Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) and IT has led in recent years to participation in  eHealth and Pathology Harmonisation initiatives, including the AACB Harmonisation committee, AACB Critical Results Working Party, RCPA PUTS project (Pathology, Units and Terminology Standardisation) and its successor the RCPA PITUS project (Pathology Information, Terminology and Units Standardisation).  These groups are working on recommendations for standardisation in pathology reporting, including reference intervals, critical results, terminology for requested and reporting, units and reporting formatting harmonisation.  Robert is currently chair of the IFCC/IUPAC joint committee for Nomenclatures, Properties and Units (NPU). He also has interests in Pathology education (AACB state education representative), and attained his Fellowship in the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists in 2010 (FAACB).    

    Abstract:

    Governments, pathology providers, and clients relying on pathology reports face increasing conflict between burgeoning costs versus demands for service innovation. The health industry has been generally slower than the financial industry to embrace the benefits of computerization in terms of portability and accessibility. There have however been good reasons including the requirements for privacy and security, together with the complexity of the information itself.

    Many countries have embraced programs for electronic health records (EHRs), encouraging electronic requesting and reporting of health information, including pathology. Pathology providers have long focused on excellence within their own institution by embracing the best analytical instrumentation, information technology for laboratory information systems, and the best medical expertise for interpretation and reporting. Centralised reporting to EHRs will however highlight to clinicians and tech-savvy patients unnecessary, and sometimes unsafe, variations in the requesting and reporting of pathology. Examples include variations in test profiles, test naming, reference limits and units.

    Pathology providers and clients must collaborate to create robust standards for the transmission and interpretation of health messages. There is an urgent need in most countries to standardize both requesting and reporting. Structured messaging and medical terminologies offers tools to assist.

    This presentation will focus on developments in both medical terminologies and pathology harmonisation initiatives that will require greater awareness and support from the medical community to generate maximum benefit.


    Show Resources
    You May Also Like
    SEP 05, 2019 4:00 PM CEST
    C.E. CREDITS
    SEP 05, 2019 4:00 PM CEST
    DATE: September 5, 2019TIME: 7:00am PT, 10:00am ET, 4:00pm CEST PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) has gone through a massive evolution since its development in 1983. Besides it...
    OCT 02, 2019 11:00 AM PDT
    OCT 02, 2019 11:00 AM PDT
    DATE: October 2, 2019TIME: 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT Ditch the Excel spreadsheets and manage your molecular workflows entirely in your LIMS Achieve configuration of molecular workf...
    AUG 27, 2019 9:00 AM PDT
    C.E. CREDITS
    AUG 27, 2019 9:00 AM PDT
    DATE: August 27, 2019 TIME: 9:00am PDT, 12:00pm EDT Immunotherapies targeting PD-1 or PD-L1 have proven remarkably effective for treating cancer in some patients, with considerabl...
    JAN 23, 2020 9:00 AM PST
    C.E. CREDITS
    JAN 23, 2020 9:00 AM PST
    DATE: January 23, 2020 TIME: 9:00am PST, 12:00pm EST...
    FEB 26, 2020 9:00 AM PST
    Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
    C.E. CREDITS
    FEB 26, 2020 9:00 AM PST
    Add to Calendar Select one of the following: iCal Google Calendar Outlook Calendar Yahoo Calendar
    DATE: February 26, 2020 TIME: 9:00am PST 3D cell culture and analysis and the study of organoids and spheroids are becoming more prevalent as a research method in publications as traditional...
    FEB 19, 2020 11:00 AM PST
    C.E. CREDITS
    FEB 19, 2020 11:00 AM PST
    DATE: February 19, 2020TIME: 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST...
    Loading Comments...
    Show Resources