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Published June 11, 2012 2:22 PM by Kelly Bocich

In case you missed our Clinical and Molecular Diagnostics Virtual Conference on May 23, I wanted to alert you to these five webinars, still accessible in an archived video format. Watch them when it's convenient for you to stay up-to-date on a number of important lab topics.

Top 3 Trends Impacting Medical Lab Science Catherine Otto, PhD, MBA, MLS(ASCP)cm, president of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, led this discussion about cost, quality and access. After watching, participants will be able to describe the relationship between cost, quality and access impact medical laboratory science; examine the roles technology, utilization and personnel shortage will play upon the future of medical laboratory science; and identify two strategies to improve medical laboratory science practice in the next decade.

The Aging LIS There are 1,800 laboratory information systems (LIS) installed in the U.S. that are over 10 years old. Dennis Winsten, MS, FHIMSS, FCLMA, founder and president of Dennis Winsten & Associates Inc., considers to the question: "Shall we keep our old LIS and enhance it or should we replace it with a more modern system?" Many systems are viable and still meet needs. Many require augmentation. Many may need to be replaced. This presentation will provide specific criteria and guidelines to help you decide the best course of action for your laboratory. Considerations include: Technology, System Performance, Service & Support, Finances, Competition, Regulations, Ease-of-Use and Suitability for Purpose.

PT/INR Testing for Liver Patients Ziad Peerwani, MD, hematopathologist, director of Hematology and Coagulation Laboratory, Baylor All Saints Medical Center, reviews the role of PT/INR testing, the MELD score, and liver transplantation issues. High ISI reagents and the effects of various reagents on the ISI are also explored.

Integration of Clinical and Anatomic Pathology Billie Zimmerman, MT(ASCP) QIHC, Laboratory Clinical Operations Manager, Department of Pathology, Section of Anatomic Pathology, and Michael Toscano, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, both of Georgia Health Sciences University, define flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry and discuss how both are used in diagnosing bone marrow disorders, featuring IHC markers and flow cytometry panels.

Multi-analyte Testing for Respiratory Viruses Rapid diagnosis of respiratory infections is important to obtain prognostic information, limit additional diagnostic testing, decrease unnecessary antibiotic use, and ensure that appropriate infection control precautions are in place. Molecular based methods to detect respiratory viruses have superior sensitivity and specificity compared to more conventional methods, with more rapid turn-around-time then the slower culture methods. As diagnostic algorithms continue to evolve, important issues to address include the efficiency and cost of testing methodology, the ability to detect newly identified and newly emerging respiratory viruses, and understanding the clinical significance of such viruses. Presented by Karen Frank, MD, PhD, chief of Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health.

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