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October 2019

Webinar: Patient Engagement Apps – Help or Hype?

October 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"Improved outcomes. Medication adherence. Meaningful engagement. These are just some of the promises of patient engagement apps marketed as groundbreaking and innovative. But do they live up to the hype? This webinar will tackle the belief that new mobile apps always provide an improved and more engaged patient experience.

The webinar will provide an exclusive first-hand look at the findings from BBK’s Study Voices, Volume 3 survey which examines patient, physician, and study sponsor attitudes towards patient engagement apps. It will explore survey findings that reveal insights on app usage, preferred features, satisfaction levels, and much more! It will shed light on the ongoing debate of whether technology or content is more important for engagement, and it will provide guidance on where to invest for maximum benefit.

Data presented will empower clinical trial sponsors with insight to help them evaluate new apps and determine the best strategic approach for clinical trial engagement success."

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Webinar: Analytical and Clinical Validation Requirements for Next Generation Sequencing Laboratory-Developed Tests

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Next generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized molecular diagnostic testing. It is important to note that, as with many molecular diagnostic tests currently in clinical use, there are very few FDA-approved or FDA-cleared NGS assays, and thus analytical and clinical assay validation of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) is essential to the application of NGS technology for clinical diagnostic testing. Both analytical and clinical performance parameters must be established for NGS-based LDTs. Analytical performance parameters include accuracy, precision, reportable range, and reference interval, as well as analytical sensitivity, analytical specificity, and any other parameter that is considered important to assure the analytical performance of a particular test (e.g., specimen stability, carryover). The clinical validity and clinical utility of the testing must also be considered. The College of American Pathologists (CAPs) Molecular Pathology Checklist requirements, universally recognized as providing best-in-class standards for clinical laboratory testing, address the analytical and clinical validation of NGS-based LDTs."

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Webinar: Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"As healthcare provider enterprises change, so must the teams that support them. Management responsibilities shift from departments to corporate IT, and roles and responsibilities that were traditionally at each facility are moved to a shared team with enterprise-wide responsibility. Thus, the design and reporting lines of the team, and the skills of its members need to be re-examined.

On top of this, the software applications and integrations are changing, and new technologies, like Artificial Intelligence (AI), are on the horizon. Reporting lines, job descriptions, key performance indicators (KPIs), professional development strategies, right sizing the team for the work to be done...these are all aspects to be examined.

Webinar attendees will learn from expert speakers on how they are transforming their organization's team to address today's (and tomorrow's) enterprise imaging staff challenges."

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Webinar: Demystifying Analytical Validation While Onboarding NGS Tests

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

"Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is quickly becoming the go-to tool for testing labs looking to bring on additional tests requiring smaller tissue samples, reduced time to results, and increased efficiencies and profitability. While these labs are faced with inherent challenges—such as staffing resources and competencies, testing volumes, and reimbursement—more and more are deciding that insourcing commercially available NGS tests is the way to go for the greatest return on investment. However, adapting to variability in the compliance environment, applying requirements to molecular assays, and knowing the documentation needed can pose additional risk.

In this webinar, you will hear about the importance of analytical validation (AV) in the process validation workflow when introducing NGS-based testing. An AV specialist will summarize the College of American Pathologists (CAP) checklist for NGS tests, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidelines, and the importance of demonstrating utility as relating to the AV consulting services provided by Thermo Fisher Scientific. The webinar will cover the importance of using the CAP checklist and NYSDOH guidelines to aid in the launch of new molecular tests."

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Webinar: Preserving Data Integrity: 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance and Osmolality as a Process Parameter

October 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"Osmolality testing is a valuable parameter for process control and final QC—giving you increased confidence in your products. Designed specifically to fit your Pharma and Biotech compliance needs, the OsmoTECH PRO Multi-Sample Micro-Osmometer from Advanced Instruments Osmometers support Data Integrity Compliance by delivering the highest level of data management, accuracy and precision, and ease-of-use available on the market today. They provide valuable concentration measurements while delivering unsurpassed data management capabilities, operational efficiency, ease of use, and features that support GMP, 21 CFR Part 11, and EU Annex 11 compliance."

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Webinar: Setting Up a Cannabis Lab

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Cannabis research laboratories come with a unique set of concerns and standards. As an increasing number of states legalizes the use of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes, the lab design community must be aware of what these facilities will need. Will you be repurposing an existing laboratory for cannabis research, or starting from scratch? What type of HVAC system will you need? Is your existing equipment sufficient or will it need to be modified or replaced? How can you find guidance on state and federal standards? What sort of security measures should you implement? What sort of design tools, such as BIM, can be used to create a cannabis research lab?"

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Webinar: A Journey of Deep Neural Networks for short and long text understanding

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"This talk will cover our recent work on developing deep learning algorithms with applications to biomedical narrative text. The common theme of these studies aims at building models that improve prediction accuracy by exploring and combining relational information in text.

The talk will focus on concrete examples including biomedical relation extraction (short text understanding) from clinical notes and document classification (long text understanding). In each example, Dr. Luo will show how to automatically build relational information into a graph representation and how to learn features from graphs. Depending on the nature of the task, heavier machinery of convolutional or recurrent neural networks become necessary to reliably capture important features. Dr. Luo will demonstrate that these methods lead to progressively improved performance by integrating lexical, syntactic and semantic information."

NOTE: Free to AMIA members, $50 for non-members

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Webinar: Lab and Instrument Monitoring

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"Lab and instrument monitoring can provide real-time insight into the status of your lab environment and equipment. Remote monitoring technology allows researchers to observe the status of the lab environment and instruments and adjust as necessary. A wide range of lab instruments can be monitored with this technology including thermostats, freezers, centrifuges, shakers, and many more. Join Lab Manager and our panel of industry experts as we explore the newest lab and instrument monitoring solutions."

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Webinar: What Happens in Washington Does NOT Stay in Washington: Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Update

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

"Many aspects of the legislative and regulatory environment influence our nation’s clinical laboratories. The workforce shortage for laboratory professionals continues to worsen which further impacts access to quality testing. This session will provide an update on key activities in Washington DC that directly affect the healthcare and laboratory environments.


* Describe the current status of the Preserving Access to Medicare Act that impacts our laboratories
* Summarize current initiatives to address laboratory workforce shortages
* Review current legislative initiative to address Laboratory Developed Tests"

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CSols, Inc. Webinar: Change Management – Maximizing Return on Investment

October 23 @ 2:00 pm EDT

"On time, on budget, and within scope. The definition of project success, right? Not exactly. In order to fully realize the benefit of a lab informatics project, you have to understand the human factors as well as the technical pieces. Implementing new technologies will impact business processes, job roles and required skills. Organizational Change Management (OCM) is the key to maximizing the return on your Lab Informatics investment.

In one hour, learn how to ensure your Lab Informatics project pays off while minimizing pain points. Join our project leadership experts as they explore how to leverage organizational change management to deliver a project that goes beyond being technically successful and truly adds value to your business."

Upon completion of the webinar, you'll:

"* Understand the value gap between implementation and realization, and how to close it
* Understand how change is perceived, and how to shape that perception
* See how change management goes hand in hand with the technical piece of the project to improve outcomes
* Learn about the processes, tools and techniques for managing the people side of change
* Discover how to put it all together to successfully move your business from where you are today, to where you want to be at your project’s conclusion."

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Webinar: Colorado Hospital Association Tackles Opioid Epidemic Head on with Analytics

October 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

"Learn how the analytics and patient safety team at Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) was able to concentrate on finding solutions to important problems, like the opioid epidemic, rather than getting sucked into a black hole of code syntax or data preparation.

In January 2017, CHA launched the Colorado Opioid Safety Collaborative with the goal of reducing opioid administration in emergency departments, where patients are especially vulnerable and were often first exposed to opioids."

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Webinar: An Introduction to CLIA Regulations: What You Need to Know and Document

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"This will cover the following:

* How to determine what is needed to support the clinical operations
* How to estimate the volume of testing that will be requested
* Instrumentation to support the test menu
* Things to consider in testing platforms
* QC and calibration frequency
* How will results be distributed?"

NOTE: Available at cost (see site for details) for members and non-members. Good for 1.0 PACE CE credit.

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November 2019

Webinar: Addressing Sample Preperation and Throughput Challenges in Mass Spectrometry

November 5 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am PST

"This webinar will focus on how advanced technologies from SCIEX, both within the mass spectrometer itself and companion technologies at the front end of analysis, can be used to address today’s common analytical problems of sample throughput, ease of extraction and matrix interferences.

Emphasis will be placed on microflow chromatography, ion mobility separations and linear ion trap (QTRAP) technologies. Attendees will discover how these technologies assist with real-world analytical challenges, facilitating ease of use and simplicity of workflow advancements in the modern clinical laboratory."

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Webinar: Accuracy in Patient and Specimen Identification: What’s New in GP33?

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

This educational webinar has the following objectives:

"* Understand what is different from the previous version.
* Highlight what is new in this version.
* Understand key principles of patient and specimen identification.
* Understand the responsibilities of the Health Care Professional related to patient identification and specimen labeling."

NOTE: Available at cost (see site for details) for members and non-members. Good for 1.0 PACE CE credit.

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Webinar: Data Quality and Efficiency in Laboratory Projects – Part 4: So Many Choices in Data Delivery, So Little Time!

November 5 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

"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."

"What You Will Learn:

* What are the options available to the project team for the delivery of project data?
* What is the importance of the report narrative?
* What report formats options are available?
* What are the electronic data deliverable options?
* How can data be accessed online via a data portal, such as TotalAccess?"

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