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December 2020

Webinar: Simplifying Medical and IoT Device Security

December 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

"The exploding number of medical and IoT devices within clinical networks has made discovering and protecting all these devices a priority for healthcare delivery organizations. Medigate and Fortinet have been helping healthcare systems get a handle on their environment, ensuring they have visibility into everything connecting and effective measures in place to keep patient data and care safe from the risks these devices can create. Join us on December 1, 2pm EST/ 11am PST for a webinar to hear how Medigate and Fortinet are enabling healthcare systems to quickly and simply:

* Discover and accurately inventory all devices connecting to the clinical network
* Assess the risks associated with each medical, IoMT and IoT device
* Automate the response to threats from those devices"

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Webinar: Pooled Testing: What Your Lab Needs to Know About Managing a Fall/Winter Surge in the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"The arrival of fall each year brings with it flu season. This year, the U.S. influenza season is particularly worrisome as we continue to battle the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. With the peak of flu season spanning several months and possibly into the spring of 2021, clinical laboratories will likely see dramatic upward swings in the number of people who need flu and SARS-CoV-2 testing simultaneously, while at the same time being faced with an acute shortage of tests and testing supplies.

What steps can be taken on a systemic level within the laboratory industry to help manage the potential onslaught of infection and likelihood of increased testing? One promising answer is pooled testing. Pooled testing is one way to use the clinical laboratory’s testing supplies, resources, and efforts wisely, and is receiving significant attention as a method of performing large volumes of clinical laboratory tests while conserving critical testing resources. This testing method was also recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the summer.

Attend this complimentary webinar, with follow-up Q&A, to learn about the pros and cons of pooled testing and how they must be evaluated when determining if pooled testing is the right solution for meeting your lab’s SARS-CoV-2 and seasonal flu testing demands."

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CSols Webinar: LabWare LIMS User Experience: 5 Quick Wins

December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Join us Wednesday, December 2nd at 2:00pm EST

2020 has been a tough year all around for your Lab personnel. It’s a time that will be remembered for its uncertainty and stagnation. A great way to demonstrate progress over the next few months, at least within the workplace, is to enhance the user experience of your LabWare LIMS.  With the right skills and experience, there are a number of small projects that can be rapidly implemented to give your team a better user experience and something to smile about as we close out 2020.

Join our LabWare consultants as they describe five tried and true ways to rapidly improve the user experience. In one hour, learn how HTML Panes, role specific workflows, targeted reports, selective instrument interfacing, and of course, addressing user requested enhancements and bug fixes can reinvigorate your workforce and provide real business value.


Key Take-Aways:

  • The importance of small projects
  • Critical success factors for rapid implementation
  • What HTML Panes are and where they can add value
  • How and when to simplify the user interface
  • Why too much information can be bad
  • How to prioritize your instrument interfacing
  • The importance of keeping your users informed

Who Should Attend:

  • Lab Managers
  • LIMS Administrators
  • IT
  • LIMS Users


You will have the opportunity to speak directly with a CSols LabWare Consultant and receive real-time answers. Take home ideas to improve your LabWare LIMS User experience.

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Webinar: Debunked: The Truths Behind Pesticide Testing

December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

"This presentation will dispel the myths about residual pesticide testing in cannabis and cannabinoid products. We will clearly demonstrate how and why a single-stream sample preparation technique with a two-platform analysis working in parallel offers a robust, high-throughput methodology far superior to a single-system approach with minimal sample clean-up."

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Webinar: A Summary of the Emergence of SAR-CoV-2 and the Wisconsin Laboratory Response

December 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

"his presentation will summarize the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in 2020 from a laboratory standpoint, including the virus emerging from China, spreading in the U.S, and an up-to-date epidemiologic situation statewide and nationwide. The presentation will discuss building diagnostic PCR capacity, antibody sero-surveys and other studies, and antigen test evaluations.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit.

This program is co-sponsored by ASCLS-WI which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program."

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Webinar: The Need for Speed: Strategies to assess the right QC for SARS-CoV-2 and Infectious Diseases Assays

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"Learn how to solve your most challenging SARS-CoV-2 quality control issues in this live webinar with expert Nathan Ledeboer, PhD. He will discuss the roles and benefits of 3rd party quality controls and explain how to identify control material, assayed QC versus non-assayed QC, and how to use QC middleware systems to achieve your lab goals. A live Q&A will follow the presentation."

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Webinar: Native Mass Spectrometry and COVID-19: Uncovering Drug Binding and Oligomerization

December 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

"Many viruses are surrounded by lipid membranes, including SARS-CoV-2 and influenza. Both viruses contain viroporins, which are small, single pass transmembrane proteins that oligomerize to form ion channels. The influenza M2 viroporin is already a clinically approved antiviral drug target. In other coronaviruses, the E protein viroporin which is involved in growth, could be a potential target for COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral development. Although the oligomeric state of the M2 and E proteins are thought to be tetrameric and pentameric respectively, determining the oligomeric states of small transmembrane peptide complexes within membranes is challenging.

Native or non-denaturing mass spectrometry (MS) data suggests a more complex picture of the oligomeric state than previously assumed, highlighting the need for novel analytical methods to understand how these important biomedical targets interact within lipid membranes. This webinar will introduce the native MS and lipid nanodisc technique as well as demonstrate how this approach can be used to directly measure the oligomeric state of protein and peptide complexes within intact model lipid bilayers. Ongoing studies on the M2 and E protein will be discussed."

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Webinar: The Impact of Telehealth on Health Equity from the Perspective of Large Healthcare Systems during the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

"During this COCA Call, presenters from Kaiser Permanente and the Veteran’s Health Administration will discuss how telehealth has affected health equity in their patient populations before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics to discuss include challenges and opportunities related to telehealth implementation. Presenters will share strategies to expand ​access that can reduce disparities and improve culturally responsive care to help achieve health equity within each organization. In addition, presenters from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will share telehealth strategies that incorporate CDC’s frameworks to Addressing Health Equity in Public Health Practice."

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Webinar: Newborn Screening Health Information Technology National Webinar

December 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

"This national newborn screening health information technology webinar will feature Dari Shirazi, from APHL Informatics, providing an overview on AIMS and electronic data flow."

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Webinar: The Science of Cannabis Cultivation 2020

December 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

"This free to attend, 1-day event will focus on some of the most interesting and exciting developments in the world of cannabis cultivation, whilst providing a platform for scientists, researchers and technology providers within the cannabis industry to share their work and discuss challenges and opportunities in this developing market.

This online symposium, will explore factors that impact cannabis cultivation operations including best practices, contamination, regulation, genomics and ongoing research and development."

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Webinar: Hacks, Disasters and COVID-19: How To Keep Your Lab Running

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

"Cybercrimes, man-made disasters, and, as 2020 has shown, pandemics occur with little or no warning, and can have catastrophic effects on laboratories.

These events bring operations to a halt, creating significant delays in production, increasing time to market, creating drug shortages, impacting quality and contributing to potentially devastating financial losses.

The laboratory environment is very different from an office environment, thus a bespoke business continuity and disaster recovery plan for the lab is mandatory.

In this webinar, we will examine essential solutions for maintaining operations following disaster events, as well as minimizing risk related to lab instruments, data and adherence to regulatory compliance."

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Webinar: Update on the Laboratory Diagnosis of COVID-19

December 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

"The current COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic is a rapidly evolving global situation and laboratories play an important part in its management. This presentation will review current information about the virology of SARS-CoV-2, highlight the current approaches used for diagnosis and surveillance of the virus, and discuss the benefits and limitations of current laboratory testing methodologies."

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Webinar: Improving Laboratory Data Exchange and Providing Enhanced Support to Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Customers

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

"Data exchange between clinical laboratories and long-term care providers continues to be a challenge. While Meaningful Use (MU) and Promoting Interoperability (PI) programs and incentives support ambulatory providers, similar computerized physician order entry (CPOE) in support of senior care has been lacking, leaving clinical labs and providers with manual workflows, paperwork nightmares, delays, and pent-up demand.

Now, your clinical laboratory is in a position to not only automate and improve workflow, but also provide enhanced support to customers that service the senior and post-acute care segments.

During this complimentary webinar with follow-up Q&A, OpenText, The Information Company, and their partner, PointClickCare, the North American healthcare IT market leader for the LTPAC industry, will share best practices and requirements to improve clinical lab data exchange, turnaround times, and customer support."

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Webinar: Data Extracts and LIS Conversions

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST

"Are old systems hindering your ability to access your data for the long haul? Typical data extractions try to replicate the original systems structure. This means your data may cease to be meaningful in the future. Data extractions done correctly actually reverse engineer and decipher coded values as well as human uninterpretable data that allow your highly valued intelligence to remain useful in the long term. By attending this Webinar, you will learn: 1. Differences between data extraction and data…

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Webinar: What We’ve Learned About COVID-19 Through Genomics

December 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

"This session will demonstrate the process of sequencing SARS-CoV-2 and the value of genomic epidemiology. SARS-CoV-2 genomics provides a unique insight into local transmission allowing for differentiation between importation and endogenous spread and evaluating the impact of public health interventions.

A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit.

This program is co-sponsored by ASCLS-WI which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program."

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Webinar: Navigate the Pandemic through Laboratory Operational Excellence

December 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

"Health systems across the globe continue to be challenged with aging populations, rising chronic diseases and changing care models. These increased demands and costs pressures are felt in every function, including the laboratory. While laboratories are facing demands, they are simultaneously being tasked to do so with limited budget and staff.

Leveraging Total Value of Ownership principles, Clemenceau Medical Center chose and implemented solutions that reduced expenditures and optimized staff utilization. Key achievements included:

* 40% reduction in QC material consumption
* 70% reduction in overtime expenses
* >200% Increase in tests per square meter

The importance of these operational improvements were magnified as the hospital system navigated how to best allocate its resources to provide best care during the global pandemic."

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Webinar: Prepare Your Clinical Lab for Double the Regulatory, Compliance, and Managed Care Risk in 2021: The Simultaneous Need to Deal with COVID-19 and Routine Testing Activities

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

"The big story moving into 2021 is the dual regulatory challenges coming to your clinical laboratory or anatomic pathology group. As your lab deals with COVID-19 testing and never-ending government dictates that change from day to day, it must also comply with the usual range of regulatory, compliance, and managed care issues associated with standard lab testing services. Never before have the risks of non-compliance been so great for your lab! Which is why you need to prepare now to…

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Webinar: Solving Confusion with Regulations, QC Design, and Troubleshooting for SARS CoV-2 Assays

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

"Join us for a webinar to learn about quality control (QC) regulations, setting the proper QC strategy/design, and troubleshoot SARs CoV-2 and other semi-qualitative tests in the laboratory. Sharon Ehrmeyer, Associate Professor from the University of Wisconsin- Madison will discuss regulations. Sten Westgard, Director of Client Services and Technology for Westgard QC, will cover QC design and troubleshooting the SARs CoV-2 and other semi-quantitative assays. Understanding regulations and how to establish a strong QC design for semi-quantitative tests, leads to better proactive detection of assay problems and the potential identification of false results."

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Astrix Webinar – Leveraging Waters Empower 3 CDS Calculations to Assure Data Integrity in your Chromatography Lab

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

A webinar sponsored by the Astrix Technology Group

Date:  Wednesday December 16, 2020

Time:  1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT


Waters Empower 3 software is a chromatography data system (CDS) that links to chromatographic instruments to help facilitate management of chromatography test results through data acquisition, processing and reporting, and has several tools that address compliance and data integrity concerns such as electronic signatures and audit trails.

In the regulated laboratories, Chromatography is one of the most important analytical techniques, where it can account from 40% to 100% of the workload. Given that Waters Empower 3 typically generates large amounts of data, transcribing the data from Empower 3 to an external system can present huge risks from a data integrity perspective.

Data integrity being a major concern in the regulated pharmaceutical industry, as it is a critical part of the FDA’s mission to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of human and veterinary drugs, biological products and medical devices, scientific laboratories are looking for ways to maximize their results output from Empower and ideally utilize this one system as their only solution for chromatographic results.

In this webinar, we will discuss the best practices for implementing chromatographic related calculations in Empower to minimize data integrity risks in your laboratory. Topics covered in this webinar will include:

  • Scope of Chromatographic Calculations
  • General Considerations for Calculations
  • Why you should avoid using External Applications for CDS related calculations
  • How to make sure your calculations are doing what they were meant to do
  • Benefits of having all chromatography related calculations within Empower CDS
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