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February 2019

Webinar: Efficiently Managing your Mortuary/Morgue

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Efficiently Managing your Mortuary/Morgue

Managing a busy mortuary (or morgue) requires systems to track patients from registration to release, along with the patient’s records and other data such as post-mortem reports and death certificates. Find out what it takes to manage a mortuary efficiently, the key features of Matrix Gemini Mortuary Manager and the benefits it provides.

Topics will include:

  • Registering and tracking patients efficiently
  • Managing refrigerators, autopsy and viewing rooms
  • Keeping an audit trail of movements Management reports to drive efficiency

This webinar will be held on:
Wednesday 20th February, 2019
8am Pacific, 11am ET USA, 4pm UK, 5pm Europe

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Webinar: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Radiology: A “Gentle” Introduction

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"There has been great interest (as well as fear and hype) regarding the application of deep learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) approaches to help improve the radiology value proposition.

This webinar will provide an introductory explanation of machine learning / AI and a "reality check" on how these potentially promising technologies might be used by radiology, and the significant challenges involved."

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Webinar: Automated Liquid Handling Solutions

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"Automated liquid handling can increase the productivity of your lab by performing many of the repetitive tasks once carried out manually, helping to reduce user-related errors. There are many automated liquid handling solutions available and lab managers must consider what system will work best for their lab. Join Lab Manager and our panel of experts as we discuss the features of automated liquid handling systems and how they can be successfully integrated into your lab’s workflow."

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Webinar: Integration of Technology, Process and Quality Control: Protecting Complete Sample Chain of Custody

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

"Implementation of biobanking best practices and analytical platform standardization are two important components for any data generation associated with state of the art biobanks that support precision medicine applications. Sample collection, pre analytical variables, controlled environment storage and sample processing can often have a large impact on the quality of biomaterials. This roundtable will describe how to standardize biobanking efforts in a manner commensurate with both academic and industrial partnerships. Data will be presented on the governance of biosample collections, standardization efforts, and quality control harmonization for biosamples as well as global best practices for the regulatory oversight of national and commercial biobank resources. Finally, a review of several international programs will illustrate how collaborative efforts are helping advance integrated biobanking precision medicine across many research and clinical areas."

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Astrix Webinar – Designing LabWare Solutions for Maintainability and Scalability

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

webinar sponsored by the Astrix Technology Group

Date:  Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Time:  1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT


LabWare LIMS offers a broad range of user-configurable functionality, enabling the system to be readily adapted and optimized to your operational needs as your business changes. While this flexibility offers many benefits, it also presents unique challenges when implementing, maintaining or upgrading the system. Designing your system solutions with scalability and maintainability in mind needs to be a top priority. Companies that do not work to ensure that the configured functionality of their system is scalable and maintainable will mostly likely have to invest significant time and resources to implement and maintain the system down the road when business requirements change.

The Astrix Team has extensive experience with LabWare and can provide the support you need in this area. In this webinar, we’ll discuss tips to ensure that your LabWare LIMS is better suited to adapt to ever changing business needs.

Some topics covered in this webinar include:

  • What does it mean for a system to be scalable and maintainable
  • The importance of naming conventions
  • The importance of user configurable solutions
  • What to consider when Integrating other systems
  • Case study example: Centralized Data Review


Ed Peloquin is the LabWare Delivery Manager at Astrix, and he is responsible for the successful delivery of LabWare solutions for the Professional Services Division.  He has more than 14 years of experience implementing LabWare solutions in the global life sciences, contract lab, and manufacturing industries. He has an extensive track record of driving success and delivering value to his client’s projects.

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Webinar: Implementing and Validating a CDS – Things to Consider

February 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

"Chromatography Data Systems (CDS) are becoming increasingly sophisticated, providing greater potential for productivity and efficiency gains within your lab. In order to extract the greatest value from your CDS, it is important to understand what’s involved in the implementation and validation process before you start your CDS deployment.

In this one hour webinar, learn the key things to consider when implementing and validating your CDS."

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March 2019

Webinar: 2019 Healthcare Cybersecurity Risks: What You Need to Know

March 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

"Cybersecurity and business risks go hand in hand. A major cyber attack can bring down any healthcare organization. Patient safety, security, business operations, and goodwill all hang in the balance. We must be situationally aware and proactively address these cybersecurity and business risks in order to avoid chaos. This webinar will discuss the top risks facing healthcare organizations today and what you can do to mitigate them with practical solutions."

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Webinar: PT/INR Testing: Calibration, Correlation, Concordance

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"Monitoring oral anticoagulation patients can be complex as frequent monitoring is required to minimize the risk of bleeding or thrombosis (clotting). The INR (International Normalized Ratio) was developed to standardize the tests used to monitor these patients, but falls shy of true standardization. In this talk, Dr. Marcia L. Zucker will cover the reasons behind this apparent lack of standardization, evaluating both lab to lab and lab to POC variability and discuss ways to mitigate the variability to ensure best patient care practices."

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Webinar: Breaking Down Barriers in Healthcare: Urgency for the Clinical Laboratory to Migrate from the Background to the Forefront of Patient Care

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"* How involved are labs in ensuring critical KPIs?
* How is valuable patient insight being proactively leveraged?
* How prepared is your health ecosystem to enable a greater role for the lab in the future?

If you are not asking these questions, then you need to register and watch this webinar. You will have access to download this eye-opening Whitepaper "Breaking Down Barriers in Healthcare"

The movement towards value-based healthcare has provided a platform for a better future for all involved in the health ecosystem. However, amongst the multitude of value initiatives, the clinical laboratory has largely been left to play a secondary role. Despite its core value principles of data, timely and efficient diagnosis, and patient centricity, the lab has been relegated to near commodity status. This is also indicative of a broader problem: a fragmented value chain that underexploits sources in decision-making, at a time when the health world’s stated focus is on outcomes.

Still, as a more welcoming environment for new ideas has emerged, there is clear recognition amongst all stakeholders that the lab can be part of the long-term solution. Executives, physicians, payers and patients recognize the lab can be a pivotal building block of an improved system. To put this key element in health at the forefront of care does require overcoming well-entrenched processes and culture, hurdles that have held back true transformation over the past decade.

This session will present the key results from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) study aimed at identifying an actionable, achievable path for the lab to play an elevated role in healthcare."

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Webinar: Rapid Sequencing of Known Mendelian Genes in NICU

March 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"A significant fraction of the 4,000 known single-gene disorders manifest symptoms in newborns. A rapid diagnosis of newborn diseases could make the difference between life and death, as well as reduce length of stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). A targeted panel of ~4,900 known disease-causing genes has been developed with a short turnaround time and a focused interpretation. This panel combines genetics etiology with phenotype to provide a comprehensive clinical understanding of disease in NICU.

Learning Objectives:

* Describe the state-of-the-art next generation sequencing technology that is improving precision medicine in NICU patients.
* Explain the advantages of a rapid turnaround inherited disease panel (RapidSeq Panel) in relation to whole exome and whole genome sequencing.
* Discuss the limitations, case selections, and interesting cases."

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Webinar: A Trilogy on Using Machine Learning to Impute Laboratory Test Results

March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"linical decision support that integrates multiple elements of laboratory data could be highly useful in enhancing laboratory diagnosis. Using the analyte ferritin in a proof-of-concept, we extracted clinical laboratory data from patient testing and applied a variety of machine learning algorithms to predict ferritin test results using the results from other tests. We show that predicted ferritin results may sometimes better reflect underlying iron status than measured ferritin. We next integrate temporality into predicting multi-variate analytes. We devise an algorithm termed 3D-MICE alternating between cross-sectional imputation and auto-regressive imputation. We show modest performance improvement of the combined algorithm compared to either component alone. We then integrate Gaussian process with mixture model and introduce individualized mixing weights to handle variance in predictive confidence of Gaussian process components. Experiments show that our best model can provide more accurate imputation than the state-of-the-art including 3D-MICE on both synthetic and real-world datasets."

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Webinar: Plan for Success: Choosing and Integrating a LIMS

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Selecting a Laboratory Information Management Solution (LIMS) can be a daunting task for most organizations. And selecting is just the beginning, implementation and successful integration with other systems and into the organization are the true hallmarks of success.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

* Consideration for purchasing a LIMS
* Steps for successful implementation
* Keys to successful integration with other systems and into the organization"

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Webinar: Unlocking the Power of Data Analytics: New Insights into Key Healthcare Priorities and Best Practices

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"As the volume of healthcare data grows so do the challenges healthcare providers are facing analyzing that data to improve the speed of decision making, transform operations, and deliver value to patients. To help understand the state of analytics in healthcare today, HIMSS Media and Alteryx recently conducted a joint survey among IT, business and clinical decision makers at U.S. healthcare providers. Join Matt Madden, Director of Healthcare Solutions Marketing from Alteryx and Janet King, Senior Director of Market Insights for HIMSS Media, as they draw on results from this research to learn more about:

* Key data analytics priorities for healthcare providers today
* Barriers healthcare providers are facing in their efforts to democratize data and advance their analytics efforts
* Steps organizations are taking to get more out of their data analytics efforts"

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Webinar: Blockchain Explained: What Radiologists Need to Know

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Just over a year ago, in December 2017, bitcoin reached its record high level, and cryptocurrency became a hot topic of conversation. While enthusiasm for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has faded since, the distributed ledger technology behind them continues to attract interest from various sectors, including healthcare. That technology is blockchain.

As blockchain technology continues to advance, it will become important for medical imaging professionals to better understand this technology, including its capabilities and limitations. The purpose of this webinar is to provide a simple explanation of blockchain and various terminologies. Afterward, we will explore how this technology can be used in radiology. We will also discuss how blockchain can complement yet another emerging technology: artificial intelligence. Finally, we will review the limitations and challenges of the blockchain."

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