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January 2020

Webinar: Enabling a Digital Healthcare Enterprise

January 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

"Healthcare organizations continue to undergo major digital transformation throughout the continuum of care. Technology, business processes, new government mandates, industry consolidation, and strong consumerism-driven healthcare are just a few of the key underlying forces that continue to fuel the much needed changes in the healthcare space. In fact, technology is one of the primary drivers behind the innovation engine in the healthcare space. Healthcare IT budgets are expected to grow by 20 percent or more over the next couple of years, and two-thirds of healthcare executives said that they are leading their peer group in digital transformation. Several initiatives to change or modify their technology so operations are more efficient, more secure, and more cost-effective are well underway.

Be sure to join us for this webinar to learn first-hand how organizations such as Seattle Children’s Hospital and Hastings Prince Edward Health transformed IT. In this session, you’ll learn how to:

* Leverage IT spending priorities such as IT infrastructure modernization, big data analytics, and AI/ML to enrich patient and care provider experience
* Meet the needs of the diverse and growing set of mission-critical applications (both clinical and IT)
* Simplify IT operations and management
* Improve application performance, availability, and security"

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Astrix Webinar – Supporting Your Laboratory Informatics Ecosystem with Laboratory Informatics as a Service (LIaaS)

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

A webinar sponsored by the Astrix Technology Group

Date: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT


Today’s laboratories are the crucible in which scientist’s hard work and creativity turns into tomorrow’s life-changing treatments and cures. With the rate of data generation increasing exponentially in our technology-driven R&D world, there has never been a time when laboratories are so tightly coupled to informatics systems and scientists so dependent on IT.

All the IT dependencies in modern labs put an enormous strain on Life Science IT groups. Today’s IT professionals need to be both knowledgeable across scientific domains and experts at the informatics, while pressure is ramped as many IT groups are being asked to do more with fewer resources. In this challenging environment, IT professionals often get bogged down in supporting current infrastructure instead of developing and maintaining strategic roadmaps to be ready for future demand.

In order to future-proof your lab, a third-party informatics vendor with industry experience and expertise in laboratory informatics systems can be a valuable partner to your organization by providing Laboratory Informatics as a Service (LIaaS). In this webinar, we will discuss best practices for transitioning your laboratory to a life science informatics managed services program and highlight the benefits available to your organization once the program is up and running.

Some of the topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Challenges of Transition
  • Value in Communication
  • Need for strong Governance
  • Long term benefits from selecting the right partner
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Webinar: Part 1 of 4: Overview of Environmental Testing Laboratories’ Quality and Ethics Program

January 28 @ 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."

Part 1: What you will learn:

* What is a laboratory quality system and its purpose?
* What are the typical QA/QC performed and their purpose?
* What is data integrity?
* What are unethical laboratory practices, what are the causes and how can they be prevented?
* What does laboratory certification mean?
* What are your risks in selecting a laboratory?

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Webinar: Leadership Disciplines for Laboratory Success

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

"Today’s laboratory industry faces increased competition, declining reimbursement and scarcity of qualified personnel. During today’s session, the speaker will outline 5 fundamental rules that labs should follow to promote operational success. He will also discuss four questions every successful lab leader should ask and address to maximize business operations.


* Outline strategies to overcome challenges facing clinical laboratories today
* Describe metrics and data to support business operations.
* State specific actions required to demonstrate the laboratory’s value in an Integrated Delivery Network"

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Webinar: Path Forward of Mass Spectrometry in Clinical Laboratories

January 30 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am EST

"In the recent decade, mass spectrometry has become the method of choice for certain laboratory tests, like steroid hormones, pain management drugs, and some small proteins/peptides analysis. As a common concern, measurements of steroid molecules and protein biomarkers in the clinical laboratory suffer from inaccuracy at low levels and poor specificity, due to a variety of interfering metabolites and binding proteins. Accurate and reliable analysis is often of essential importance on disease diagnosis and treatment. Mass spectrometry provides advantages of analyzing steroids and proteins with high sensitivity and specificity, thus improves laboratory test quality for clinical use. With emerging new techniques in mass spectrometry, its application can be expanded to more areas, including more comprehensive protein biomarker analysis and multiplex analysis with computer algorithm. The continuous development and implementation of mass spectrometry start to change clinical laboratory more substantially, and also start to change clinical operations even outside the laboratories."

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Webinar: How To Overcome the Challenges of 3D Automated Cellular Image-based Screening

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

"There is an accelerating trend in biomedical research and drug discovery to improve on the standard methods of in vitro cell culture. Cells cultured on a 2D surface provide great access for studying biological processes, introducing environmental or genetic perturbations, and quantifying a cellular response.

However, the micro-environment of these cells differs greatly from the complex and highly organized 3D environment found in vivo. Recent studies have shown cells behave differently when cultured in a more physiologically relevant environment that closely mimics the functional and morphological properties of organs and tissues. These 3D models are believed to be more predictive of true cell behavior in humans.

In this webinar, we’ll address the challenges faced when imaging 3D cultures in a high-throughput setting."

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City of Hope, Data Culture Mindset – Saving Lives and Solving Real-World Health Issues

January 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

"As healthcare continues to evolve, understanding data has become increasingly critical to being able to make timely, informed decisions. At City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, we replaced traditional data silos and manual processes with a data culture mindset and modern approach to managing our data and facilitating research.

Our visualization-first approach has enabled us to better manage, understand, and utilize our data for research and discovery to improve health. Specifically, our team of population cancer scientists have been collecting and analyzing real-world data to discover what differs between the healthy and the ill. The work we do with data visualization can easily translate to activities that occur in disease and patient registries, in exploration of social determinants of health, and in population health."

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Wireside Chat: Everything You Wanted to Ask About Nursing Informatics Jobs, Careers, and School, but Were Afraid to Ask

January 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

"The process of obtaining and maintaining a career in nursing informatics often yields many questions from ANIA members. This open forum is being held to assist members who may have questions related to jobs, career strategies, and education. During this session, we will invite attendees to submit questions online. Answers to questions submitted and career guidance will be provided by seasoned informatics nurses who have experience in academia and industry."

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February 2020

Webinar: Emerging Issues in the Coagulation Laboratory

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

"The compendium of newly emerging and currently available hemophilia and anticoagulant treatments, while offering new choices for improved patient care, can create significant levels of interference with routine and specialized laboratory coagulation assays. Our new educational session will examine the interference in coagulation tests from presence of the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and the extended half-life (EHL) and non-factor products. It is important for laboratories to be aware of how both classes of these products, when present, can impact downstream results and clinical decision making.

Upon completion of this session participants will be able to:
1. identify how to detect DOAC’s with routine coagulation tests and how they impact results;
2. understand how the new EHL products for hemophilia A and B perform in relation to the laboratory’s coagulation reagents; and
3. increase awareness of the impact of these issues on coagulation testing."

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Webinar: AI and Machine: Advancing Clinical Intelligence Initiatives

February 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

"What clinical innovations could you develop with data and the help of artificial intelligence (AI)? It’s time to put your data to work to help improve care and outcomes using data science and predictive analytics. Join this webinar to hear how Advocate Aurora Health is continually innovating to reduce readmissions and ultimately, improve the health of its population using HealtheDataLabTM, the Cerner data science ecosystem built on Amazon Web Services (AWS)."

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Webinar: Protecting Healthcare Institutions from Cyber Attacks

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

"From prevention to care, hospitals play a crucial role in the healthcare ecosystem. Hospitals also play a significant role in training future healthcare professionals and perform much of the important research that drives the best possible medical outcomes for kids. Unfortunately, the important role that hospitals play has not gone un-noticed by cybercriminals who increasingly target these entities. Stolen medical records continue to be highly valuable on the dark web, but patients can be especially vulnerable. It may take years for a child or a child’s parents to realize that their personal information has been compromised, especially if their health care provider is unaware that a breach has occurred.

In this presentation, the speakers will discuss new threat intelligence research that can help hospitals identify the job categories most vulnerable to cyberattack. Using this research, he/she will demonstrate how these vulnerabilities can put patient safety at risk and describe practical, pro-active steps that institutions can take to protect against cyberattacks. The speakers will also offer techniques for helping hospital executives to realize the need for a more robust cybersecurity posture."

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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: 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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March 2020

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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