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February 2020

Webinar: Quality Control Analytics: Change……For the Better

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

"Quality and efficiency are fundamental components in the success of laboratories. Tools that automate time consuming tasks can maximize staffing resources and improve processes. This session will highlight one system’s experience training, implementing and using Beyond Care Quality Monitor for Hematology (BCQMh) across 90 lab sites. The speaker will share best practices that can be adopted by laboratories seeking to gain efficiency by standardizing and simplifying their quality control policies using BCQMh.


Identify how to standardize BCQMh training of lab staff using Virtual Instructor-Led Training
Discuss how BCQMh can standardize QC troubleshooting across multiple lab sites
Explain how BCQMh can improve efficiencies across multiple lab locations"

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Webinar: Operationalizing Business Associate Risk Management for Compliance with HIPAA Regulation

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

"The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires covered entities (i.e., health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses) to safeguard the privacy and security of individuals’ PHI. As healthcare providers and other covered entities continue to outsource tasks to business associates, third-party risk management has become a growing HIPAA compliance challenge. Attend this webinar to understand healthcare best practices for operationalizing your third-party risk program, including assessments and due diligence, ePHI data protection, contract management and more."

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Webinar: Laboratory Resources for Diagnostic Excellence ECHO: Community Laboratories Perspective

February 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"Each clinical and public health laboratory is different, with a unique combination of tests, equipment, and resources. However, there are challenges shared by many laboratories, such as the abundance of non-value-added activities and lack of workflow efficiencies, that may contribute to diagnostic errors.

CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems would like to invite you to join us in a new virtual laboratory community of practice (CoP) to improve diagnostic excellence, based on the ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model. Each session will include case presentation (15 minutes), facilitated discussion (40 minutes) and a summary of discussion (5 minutes)."

Note: Registration and login on the CDC's training site required.

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Webinar: Emerging as the New Gold Standard in Quality & Safety: Parallel DNA Based Cannabis Testing of Multiple Microbes

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

This webinar will focus on the key attributes of DNA-based microbial testing, which can be usefully broken into four basic principles: don't ask, don't tell; to enrich, or not enrich; live vs. dead; and qPCR, PCR+Microarray, and PCR+NGS.

"Learning objectives:

* Explain the basic principles of widely-used DNA-based microbial testing methods: qPCR, Sequencing, Microarrays.
* Discuss the origins of intrinsic sensitivity and specificity differences among DNA based microbial testing methods vs culture based testing.
* Discuss the information content difference obtained from microbial DNA testing methods vs traditional plate culture."

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Webinar: LIMS Instrument Interfacing – The Times They Are A-Changing

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

"Then… Traditional LIMS instrument interfacing was somewhat straightforward, in as much as it primarily consisted of the parsing of instrument output files and limited exchange of data.

Now… With the advent of instrument software systems (systems that manage the workflows and data for multiple instrument types such as balances, pH meters, and titrators) and the accelerated adoption of chromatography data systems (CDSs; systems that manage and control instruments such as GCs, HPLCs, and GCMSs), the instrument interfacing paradigm has changed.

Result… Instrument interfacing is morphing into instrument system integration where decisions have to be made, with upfront planning and thoughtful decision making, as to which functionality should reside in each system to achieve its full value.

In one hour, learn about the important considerations and decisions that are required prior to adding instrument software and CDS integration to your LIMS. Join our LIMS Business Analyst experts as they discuss the key factors for success with LIMS instrument and CDS integration."

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Webinar: Path to Excellence: Key Components of an Evolving Best Practice Clinical Informatics Team

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Speakers are

* Debra Peter, MSN, RN-BC, Clinical Informaticist, Lehigh Valley Health Network
* Janice Wilson, DNP, RN, CPHIMS, Vice President and Chief Nursing Information Officer, Lehigh Valley Health Network

No other description of the webinar is given.

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Webinar: Using Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Clinical Documentation Improvement

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"Clinical documentation improvement is important to physicians and hospitals to capture how sick patients truly are by documenting clear and specific diagnoses that impact the encounter, to document it while the patient is still in-house, and for the physician to be able to address it while they are in their workflow. This will show a true reflection of the time and resources used to treat the patient and thus be accurately reflected on discharge.

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

* Explore practical applications of artificial intelligence and natural language processing in healthcare
* Learn how artificial intelligence can be used specifically for Clinical Documentation improvement
* Stay educated on future healthcare technologies and potential pilot / full deployment projects"

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Webinar: Improve Your Lab Productivity: Automated Liquid Handling Solutions

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"Automated liquid handling platforms accurately and reproducibly pipette solutions for assays such as PCR, next-generation sequencing, and cell culture. These systems reduce the amount of time your lab workers spend performing repetitive tasks, increasing their capacity for more challenging work. Used in the right context, automated liquid handling solutions can help improve lab productivity by increasing uptime and pipetting efficiency. Join Lab Manager and our panel of experts as we discuss the latest advances in automated liquid handling platforms and how they can be implemented most effectively in the lab."

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Webinar: Setting the foundation – The vendor-neutral archive as the anchor for enterprise data management

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

"Healthcare providers are facing an increasing challenge with data. The volume of unstructured clinical imaging data is growing, the types of data are changing, and the sources of data are shifting. How do healthcare providers address this expansion of data across the care continuum that may be isolated across complex and siloed IT architecture?

Join us for the first in a three-part series that will explore how a [vendor-neutral archive (VNA)] creates the foundation for supporting your long-term data and AI strategy. In the first of these three webinars we will discuss the benefits of a VNA, best practices on how you can begin to plan for deploying a VNA, and how you can turn your data into the asset that it should be."

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Webinar: AI Implementation Examples in Radiology and Imaging

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"In the past few years, the Radiology and Imaging Informatics community has given a lot of attention to AI, focusing most of the efforts on dataset issues, modeling, metrics and validation. However, there have been fewer real-world AI implementation examples. Successful deployment of the various technologies that are necessary for AI to work requires planning and strategy. Knowing the use cases, emphasizing the expected value, having a clear vision of an organization's operational state and business goals, and focusing on the outcomes are just some of the top things to consider."

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Webinar: Four Key Interoperability Technologies for Secure Health Data Exchange

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

"Healthcare organizations have different technology options for secure data exchange, which can expand provider access to patient records and aid the industry transformation to value-based care. New rules recently proposed by the US Department of Health and Human Service through the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are the most comprehensive and consequential for the future direction of Health IT since the HITECH Act set the basic table stakes of health information technology in 2009."

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Astrix Webinar – Best Practices for Conducting Data Integrity Assessments

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

A webinar sponsored by the Astrix Technology Group

Date: Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT


In order to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices, the FDA has stepped up its regulatory focus on data integrity significantly over the last several years, leading to numerous regulatory actions (e.g., warning letters, import alerts, and consent decrees).

FDA enforcement actions can result in significant consequences including facility shutdown, import and/or distribution bans, remediation costs, delayed/denied drug approvals, damaged reputation and recalls. In addition, data integrity violations can result in loss of trust by the FDA, leading to more frequent and in-depth inspections in the future.

Given the FDA’s current focus on data integrity, data integrity assessments should be included in your organization’s quality management system (QMS) as part of cGMP audit programs. In this webinar, we will discuss best practice recommendations for conducting data integrity assessments that help to ensure compliance with FDA regulations.

Some of the topics covered in this webinar include:

  • What is data integrity?
  • What parts of my system should a data integrity assessment cover?
  • Best practices for conducting a data integrity assessment
  • Benefits of data integrity assessments
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March 2020

Webinar: Change the Future of Enterprise Imaging: Transitioning to the Cloud

March 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

"The cloud is coming to enterprise imaging. How and when it does are core components of any long-term plan. What components can be shifted to the cloud now? What portions will need to wait? How do you evaluate your technology partner’s solutions, and do they meet your needs every step of the way?

Hear from technology leaders from Change Healthcare, Google Health Cloud and healthcare organizations that have already begun their cloud transitions. What, why, how, and perhaps most importantly: when?"

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Webinar: Elevating the Physician Experience: Optimizing Healthcare IT for Clinical Care

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

"Amidst the wide-spread 'digital transformation' of healthcare, physicians are the forgotten users of hospital electronic health records (EHR) systems; their oft-reported frustration with EHRs, and the well- documented linkage between EHRs and physician burnout, are testimony to this all-too-familiar reality. But does it really matter in the grand scheme of things? Does physician frustration and their overall user experience with EHRs negatively affect patient care and outcomes, or other aspects of a healthcare provider organization’s operations? And, if so, what can be done about it?

In this HIMSS editorial webinar, sponsored by PatientKeeper, Inc., Dr. Charles Alessi, HIMSS Chief Clinical Officer, and Dr. William Gregg, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer & Vice President, Clinical Informatics at HCA Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare provider networks in the U.S., will discuss these timely and vexing questions. HIMSS insights will be shared, along with on-the-ground experience and strategies to address the health IT needs of 38,000 physicians across HCA’s 180 hospital system."

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Webinar: Point-of-Care Testing for Infectious Diseases

March 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Learn about CLSI’s POCT15 report that provides recommendations for assisting providers, laboratories, public health agencies, and policymakers in assessing, deploying, performing, and utilizing POC tests to improve the management of infectious disease. Also learn about recommendations for indications, limitations, appropriate use, and result reporting and interpretation.

In addition, a summary of potential uses of POC tests in community outreach and public health testing, and in resource-limited settings, is also presented. POCT15 provides guidance and aid to laboratory and non-laboratory workers using POC tests to improve patient care."

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Webinar: Part 2 of 4: The Relationship of the Field Sampler and the Lab

March 10 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

"Eurofins TestAmerica is offering this 4 Part Webinar Series to review the basic tenants for a project team to interface and communicate with an environmental testing laboratory to execute a successful sampling project. These webinars are offered as an additional tool to support individuals who may be starting their career in the environmental field and will be interfacing with an environmental testing laboratory. These webinars are also appropriate for the seasoned professional who may be looking for a refresher in this area. This 4 Part Webinar Series can be viewed individually or as a series."

Part 2: What you will learn:

* What are the steps required to execute a sampling event including: laboratory coordination, sampling supplies, and the processes which occur when samples arrive at the lab?
* How do you fill out a Chain of Custody?
* How do you pack a cooler?
* How and why do you review sample confirmations?

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Webinar: The New No-compromise Enterprise CDS Solution

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

"Often there is a natural trade-off between IT demands, such as reducing the number of different systems in use (standardization) or leveraging modern technologies (like cloud), and the increased productivity and compliance demands for your laboratory.

This compromise is now over. Learn how Thermo Scientific Chromeleon 7.3 Chromatography Data System (CDS) is the first CDS to truly meet the needs of both the IT and infrastructure team and the laboratory.

Now you can standardize without compromise with global deployment, system stability and data security, and still realize significant laboratory productivity gains!"

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Webinar: UN-2000: A Journey towards Automation

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

"Manual urine microscopy creates many time-consuming challenges that include lengthy centrifugation of urines and performing prolonged analysis under the microscope. This session will explore the process of moving from manual microscopy to automated particle analysis. The speaker will share his hospital’s automation journey which promoted workflow efficiency in the laboratory.


* Describe urine particle analysis challenges and the implications of standardizing test results
* Recognize the value of urine automation to improve lab workflow efficiency
* Discuss the clinical and operational benefits of imaging analysis technology"

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Webinar: The Future of Science is (Comfortably) Within Reach: Lab Design and Ergonomics

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Architects work with clients to set the goals and agenda for our laboratory projects. We invest a lot of time discussing aesthetics, function, flows, equipment, safety, cleanliness, and containment—but for a long time, design professionals haven’t given a lot of consideration for the users of the spaces. Spaces that are designed with the comfort and safety of users provide environments that generate more productivity with less stress.

This presentation will review ergonomic problems and the solutions that create successful labs. We will explore environmental factors affecting labs; procedures that facilitate safer and more efficient laboratory use; and furnishing to accommodate various uses and users."

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Webinar: LIMS Configuration 101

March 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

This short webinar is specifically for people considering a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) project, either installing one for the first time or upgrading their current system. Because the needs of every laboratory is different, even in the same industry, ease of LIMS configuration is key to the successful implementation and ongoing usability of any LIMS solution.

Date - Wednesday 25th March 2020
Time - 08:00 PDT, 11:00 EDT USA, 16:00 UK, 17:00 Europe

Key discussion points include:

  • The information management needs of modern laboratories
  • Why configurable LIMS are required
  • The approaches different LIMS solutions take
  • How LIMS can be configured
  • What graphical configuration, without software coding, really means
  • Typical configurations that customers ask for
  • How graphical configuration extends lifetime and reduces overall costs

In just 30 minutes you'll be armed with all you need to know to get beyond the jargon; understand how LIMS vendors configure their solutions and why Autoscribe Informatics is different.

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