Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Informatics – LII 006

This course provides an introduction to laboratory informatics in the clinical sphere, sometimes referred to as clinical informatics. The emphasis of this course will primarily be on learning the basics of how a clinical laboratory functions and how software is utilized to assist with those functions.

Topics include types of clinical labs, types of staff, regulation in the lab, operations, standards, equipment, and system requirements. Note that this course focuses on the basics characteristics of clinical labs and their technological needs and does not intend to be thorough in scope. In later courses, many of these topics will be elaborated on.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • explain what separates a laboratory in the clinical setting from labs in other settings.
  • give examples of clinical labs and describe their staffing needs.
  • explain some of the regulations and standards that affect clinical laboratory operations.
  • describe the operations of a typical clinical laboratory.
  • detail the equipment and electronic systems used in a clinical laboratory.
  • explain the functional requirements for software operating in the clinical laboratory.

Course Organization

This course constitutes nine sections or sessions, each covering an important aspect of the clinical laboratory.

Additionally, a tenth session is included as a review of all the previously discussed content.

Further Reading

The following reading material is recommended for this course:

Other Requirements

Students will best utilize this course via the desktop or laptop environment. While every effort has been made to make this course compatible with mobile platforms, they often provide challenges with embedded browser content like Adobe Flash videos and PDFs. This seems especially true in the Android environment.

Authors and Contributors

The authors of and contributors to this course are Shawn Douglas, Rebecca A. Fein, and Jason Smith.

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