Webinar: Thinking “Out of the Box” When Implementing LabVantage LIMS

"Are you looking to accelerate your LabVantage LIMS deployment, maximize your return on investment (ROI), and reduce your total cost of ownership? Some organizations are doing exactly this by focusing on out-of-the-box configurations rather than costly, time-consuming customizations.

To succeed in these project goals, you must steer your stakeholders toward your configuration objective from the start of the project. This can be achieved by using Technical BAs (Business Analysts) to leverage their ability to understand your processes and procedures and combine that ability with their intimate knowledge of the LabVantage LIMS product to effectively lead the stakeholders to a near out-of-the-box solution.

In this one-hour webinar, join our LabVantage Technical BAs and learn how to reduce project costs and shorten implementation time frames while at the same time satisfying your end users through configuration-focused implementation strategies."

Webinar: Kicking Off Vector-Borne Disease Testing Season: Updates and What do you need to know?

"This webinar will highlight vector-borne disease testing and surveillance after a long winter. Our expert presenters will highlight the importance of vector-borne disease and mosquito testing to detect and respond to potential pathogens in your jurisdiction. We will hear updates and reminders on resources available from the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases and on the dengue virus assay, information on mosquito testing and more from our CDC partners."

Astrix Webinar Leveraging data analytics to derive valuable insights

A webinar sponsored by Astrix 

Date:  Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Time:  1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST


Predictive analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning tools are helping modern laboratories reach new levels of scientific insight. New tools are lowering the technological barriers, helping more labs realize the benefits of data science. Join David Hardy, Ph.D., Manager of Data Analytics and Visualization at Thermo Fisher Scientific, as he reveals how laboratories can effectively use data analytics tools to drive efficiency, innovation, and discovery.

Webinar: Using LIMS Data Analytics to Drive Laboratory Efficiency and Quality

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) enable more automated approaches to driving efficiency and best practices in the laboratory. This webinar explores the types of test and meta data that can be captured with each laboratory sample, and how this can be used to improve laboratory efficiency, drive work priorities, and enhance quality.

Date - Thursday 28th April 2022
Time - 07:00 PT, 10:00 ET USA, 15:00 UK, 16:00 Europe

We'll cover:

  • Using Key Performance Indicators in your Laboratory
  • Capturing the meta data to enable the stats you need
  • Driving statistical analysis with Control Charts
  • Refining test limits and utilizing QC bracketing rules

Discover how LIMS can help you meet critical goals such as turn-around time, uncover inefficient working practices, and improve pass/fail rates using the statistics from the data captured in a LIMS.

Webinar: Help Improve Patient Outcomes through Clinical Decision Support – Understanding the Radiologist’s Role

"What is clinical decision support in radiology, and how do radiologists interact with these systems?

Radiology domain-specific clinical decision support systems (CDSS) are poorly integrated into workflow. Deliberate and sustained effort using inter-disciplinary knowledge from human-centered computing, psychology, cognitive sciences, and medicine is required to build CDSS for radiologists. This talk discusses the current state of decision support tools used by radiology staff and presents a research study building the theory of radiologist-CDSS interaction using sequential explanatory study design – quantitative survey followed by qualitative interview."

Webinar: Understanding the Leaching Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF) Methods! SW-846 Methods 1313,1314,1315 & 1316

"Eurofins ETA Pittsburgh and Corvallis both have a long history of supporting U.S. EPA 'new' Leaching Methods, referred to as the LEAF Methods. These are now U.S.EPA SW-846 Method 1313,1314,1315, & 1316. This presentation will review the point of contacts at each of the laboratories, review the basics of each of these methods as well as the environmental programs which these methods may be employed. Just note: These methods are NOT intended to replace TCLP! So please join us in this discussion."

Webinar: The Digital Transformation Pivot to Value-based Care: How Ready is your Organization?

"Value-based care is driving changes in healthcare delivery in ways we have not seen before. As we move away from fee-for-service and to an outcomes-based payment model, both providers and payers struggle to align technology needs with this seismic shift. This session explores healthcare organization technology readiness to support value-based care, how interoperability can support care initiatives and improve workflow and data capture which can drive better patient outcomes and increased revenue."

Webinar: The Pressing Need for Data Analytics Literacy in Laboratory Medicine

"As the clinical laboratory generates much of the data used to diagnose, treat, and manage patients, there are many contexts in which data can be applied to improve the operation of the laboratory, the quality and accuracy of laboratory results, and patient care overall. Despite working in an environment with rich opportunities to apply data, many training programs have not provided formal training in data analytics. This webinar provides an introduction to data analytics concepts and how laboratorians can further develop their roles and skills in data analysis."

Webinar: Safety Solutions for Your Workflow

"Cesium chloride splash to eye due to ill-fitting safety glasses. Bone sliver penetrates researcher’s hand and exposes him to HIV. Phenol/Chloroform permeates researcher’s nitrile glove during RNA extraction. These are not sensationalist headlines, just part of a running tab of countless reported injuries that research facilities document each year. The good news? Almost all of those injuries are preventable.

In this webinar you will learn the ins-and-outs of personal protective equipment by exploring patented designs, new tech and material performance. You will have the knowledge and resources to choose the correct PPE for your hazards when assessing the critical control points in your workflow and most importantly, you’ll understand how key elements of your materials and your research environment work together to affect what PPE personnel should be using."

Webinar: The Most Overlooked Precursor to Digital Pathology Initiatives: Pre-Analytics Quality Control

"The interest in digital pathology systems has exploded in recent years, and the inclination at the start of a deployment is to focus on image acquisition, storage, workflow and data integration. Experience has proven, however, that they key precursor is pre-analytic quality control. Scanned images must meet predetermined diagnostic criteria to successfully avoid scanning rework and its associated costs.

This talk will address key pre-imaging factors related to tissue fixation, grossing, processing, embedding, microtomy, staining, coverslipping and barcoding. In addition, software solutions are now emerging that will analyze and possibly even correct defects in images so unacceptable ones never reach pathologists’ screens. Join us for this webinar to learn the steps to ensure total image quality control in a digital pathology program."

The Astrix Innovators Forum – Webinar: Laboratory Process Optimization through Digital Assistants

Thursday, May 5th 2022
Time – 1:00 PM EST


In a recent report, 85% of scientists surveyed felt that research was increasingly too complex to carry out1. One of the biggest contributors to this sentiment is that in spite of the advances made in scientific software, research is still bound to its paper-based origins. As many of us know, even in the most “connected” lab, scientists still capture data and observations manually as they perform their experiments.

In this webinar, we will explain the concept of the laboratory digital assistant, how they’re used by scientists to optimize laboratory processes, transforming the interactions with their instruments & software. We’ll examine the difference between other AI-powered assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri and a laboratory process optimization platform like LabVoice.

The bulk of the webinar will focus on three short case studies, summarized below, and the impact that digital assistants bring to efficiency, data quality, and compliance:

  • Improving data quality through an integrated digital-assistant, instruments, and ELN
  • Freeing up a scientist from a two-person sample accessioning process
  • Using digital assistants for hands-free in vivo research

Webinar: Improved Water Testing with Titration Automation

"Water testing labs ensure the safety of our water supply and protect public health. To accomplish this, a single water sample undergoes a multitude of analytical tests. The immense volume of samples coming into a water lab can be overwhelming for analysts and instrumentation alike unless processes are fast and automated. Titration automation with multi-parameter analysis allows analysts to combine tests like pH, conductivity, hardness, alkalinity, and even turbidity on a single instrument.

Join this webinar to hear Dylan Lyon, inorganic chemist at the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services in Virginia, discuss how titration automation has increased laboratory productivity and positively impacted their ability to provide high-quality testing services to support local, state, and federal agencies. Kerri-Ann Blake, Product Manager for Titration at Metrohm, will share automation solutions that improve sample workflow and water lab efficiency."

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Webinar: Updates from the 2022 Advancing HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STI Testing Conference

"Public Health Laboratories must continue to adapt to new technology, regulations and testing recommendations to remain relevant in their role. Earlier this year, APHL co-convened the 2022 Advancing HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis Testing Conference. This webinar will provide highlights on the trending topics and best practices in HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STI testing presented at the conference and how that may impact public health practices and laboratory testing."

Webinar: Belonging and connection – Building a better chemistry culture

"Last year the Royal Society of Chemistry published A Sense of Belonging in the Chemical Sciences, the first ever study of chemical scientists’ lived experiences of belonging in the chemical sciences. The report identified connection as the first of five enablers to belonging – both crucial factors in tackling loneliness. In the words of the Mental Health Foundation, ‘Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.’

Our speakers – Sarah Bond, Mahesh Sanganee and Audrey Cameron – will discuss:

* the five enablers of belonging and what belonging means to chemical scientists
* the importance of connection, networks and mentors for career development
* why accessible practice is crucial to building cultures of belonging"

Webinar: Clinical Data Like You’ve Never Seen It Before. Why Spotfire is the Leading Tool for Clinical Analytics

"From Study Managers to Heads of Biostatistics to Translational Researchers, the need for timely and informative data analysis and visualization tools to facilitate in-study data review and collaboration across functional groups is never more apparent. Development organizations within companies of all sizes require verifiable results, a standardized view, and a collaboration mechanism to avoid risks that compromise a trial’s progress.

Learn from our best practices of working with biopharmaceutical companies how they leverage TIBCO Spotfire’s advanced analytics to tackle data quality and collaboration challenges to enable streamlined and better-managed studies."

Webinar: The Five Ws (Why, Who, What, Where, When) of Reimbursement and Regulation for Diagnostics

"It is critical for any U.S. lab performing clinical diagnostics to thoroughly understand the “ins and out” of the current US Regulatory & Reimbursement systems. Laboratorians and future laboratorians will learn about the latest changes in these processes. This information is instrumental to labs performing EUA tests today to learn what will change when the COVID-19 pandemic ends, or another health emergency occurs. The webinar will also describe the choices that an individual lab or IVD manufacturer has in securing approvals to market their product(s) in the United States."

Webinar: Enabling Process Automation in the Modern Laboratory

"Whether it’s labor shortages, quality issues, or capacity increases, there’s no shortage of reasons to automate laboratory testing and sample processing. To tackle these challenges, collaborative robots are being implemented daily in today’s modern laboratories. Also known as “cobots,” these lightweight robots are flexible, easy to program, and above all, safe to work right in shared space with your human employees, all without safety fencing.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about basic cobot technology, how cobots can enable small to large instrument clusters, and automate assays, incubation, or cold storage, vastly improving capacity and quality. Robot ROI will also be discussed, as well as emerging technologies such as mobile robots in today’s labs."

Webinar: Best Practices for Optimizing Laboratory Resources and Utilization During a Global Supply Shortage

"One direct result of the global pandemic that has impacted the lab is a supply shortage to manufacture specimen collection tubes. Due to limited supplies, laboratory professionals and healthcare institutions must review lab utilization and mitigating resource waste. Many factors may need to be considered from ordering practices to test ordering procedures. Listen to our panel of faculty to hear best practices and recommendations to overcome these challenges to mitigate distribution to your daily practice."

Webinar: 19 Massive Telehealth Learnings After 4,000,000 Visits in 2021

"Telehealth adoption has exploded recently due to patient and provider needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the rapid rollout caused many practices and health systems to inevitably cut corners when standing up their telehealth programs. Listen to Matt McBride, CEO at Mend, discuss the current state of telehealth and patient engagement, including how your organization can streamline your workflows to improve patient care."

Webinar: What Does Lab Data Management Mean to My Lab?

"All organizations can benefit from increased access to, and better insights from, their lab data. But those benefits will look different to each lab depending on the maturity level of their organization’s laboratory data management strategy. As that strategy matures over time, how do you continue to get the most value at each step and capitalize on your data with easily extractable insights?

In one hour, join our strategic services expert as they explore examples of lab data management strategies at each level of maturity and the specific steps our clients have taken to derive more value from their data at each step along the way. Learn how to recognize where your organization is on the lab data management maturity continuum, and gain insights on how to move forward and see business value from the full breadth of your data."

Webinar: Automated sample preparation for reproducible clinical proteomics

"Mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomic technologies are increasingly applied in a clinical context for disease classification and diagnostics, however their standardized use is still prevented by several bottlenecks in sample handling. Here, I will present how we integrated AFA-based ultrasonication in an automated proteomic workflow to enable routine, robust and comprehensive proteome analysis with minimal hands-on time. This can be applied to cells, fresh tissue and FFPE tissue, thus spanning the full range of clinical sample types and indicating universal utility. Moreover, 96 samples can be processed simultaneously, ensuring throughput under standardized conditions. Sensitivity of the approach will be shown from low-input experiments starting from 100-1000 cells. Data will be shown of the implementation of this pipeline to a cohort of 96 ependymoma tumor samples, where we integrated the obtained proteomic data with other omics layers allowing individualized molecular profiling and disease sub-classification."

Digital Roundtable Event – Why Legacy Systems Aren’t Suitable for Modern Biopharma

"Join us for an interesting roundtable discussion around why a legacy systems approach isn’t suitable for modern biopharma. Legacy systems don’t support the digital data backbone required for drug development and biopharma organizations have been resorting to customization because their needs aren’t being met by commercially available software. Experts from Astrix, Scitara and IDBS will share insight from experiences close to customers."

Webinar: Clinical Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a cluster of children identified with hepatitis and adenovirus infection. CDC has recommended that U.S. clinicians who encounter pediatric patients with hepatitis of unknown etiology to consider adenovirus testing and to report such cases to state public health authorities and CDC. While there have been case reports of hepatitis in immunocompromised children with adenovirus type 41 infection in the past, adenovirus type 41 is not known to be a cause of hepatitis in otherwise healthy children. More common causes for hepatitis have been ruled out. During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss the unknown etiology of patients under investigation, progress of the investigation, and how clinicians can continue to support these efforts through testing and reporting."

Webinar: The Future of Nursing and the Role of Informatics

"Dr. Vicky Tiase, member of the National Academy of Medicine's Future of Nursing 2030 Committee and the appointed informatics expert, will share the study's recommendations and discuss the role of nursing informatics in advancing the report's vision, including the role of nurses in addressing health inequities and improving health and well-being for all."

Webinar: Practical and Effective Solutions to Achieve Diagnostic and Antibiotic Stewardship

"In September 2021, a CDC report found that hospital-acquired infections have increased significantly in 2020 after years of steady decline. Standard infection prevention practices have been impacted by staffing shortages and chaotic work environments, which has subsequently created an environment that is susceptible for diagnostic errors. These factors indicate a troubling trend working against antimicrobial and diagnostic stewardship efforts.

As a result, hospital and healthcare system leaders are re-focusing their attention on patient safety and quality outcomes—and trying to solve the problems of blood culture contamination, which can lead to a misdiagnosis of sepsis. With those goals in mind, a new webinar from Dark Daily will focus on practical and effective solutions designed to reduce the risk of antibiotic-related infections, antimicrobial resistance, and false-positive blood cultures.

Featuring a case study and live Q&A, the webinar will review the quality improvement (QI) project of a 425-bed academic medical center. We will examine the impact of a 90% reduction in blood culture contamination rates and the direct effect on antimicrobial stewardship efforts which resulted in a 31% reduction in vancomycin days of therapy (DOT)."

Webinar: AI in Clinical Practice – From Head to Toe

"While the term 'AI' is thrown around freely, do you really know why it’s needed? Learn about existing AI-based applications across broad range of modalities from head to toe. Then hear about current limitations and future developments in this growing field."

NOTE: "SIIM Members are eligible to receive 1.0 hour SIIM IIP CE towards ABII certification and recertification for the live as well as the recorded webinar. Non-members can earn 1.0 hour SIIM IIP CE by purchasing the webinar for $25."

Webinar: Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention: The Past, Present, and Future

"In this session, we will review current laboratory practices used in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and associated metabolic conditions. We will also explore new diagnostic tools and preventative therapies to reverse the epidemic trend in the United States.

Learning Objectives

* Generalize the recent trend in diagnosed diabetes mellitus cases, including contributing factors such as COVID.
* Review current classification of diabetes mellitus, American Diabetes Association’s diagnostic criteria and testing methods.
* Describe emerging diagnostic tools, therapeutics, and preventative treatments for pre-diabetes, diabetes, and its related disorders."

ResultWorks Webinar – A Case Study in Addressing the T Cell Tracking Challenges in Clinical Trials

Date:  Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 2:30 pm ET Company: ResultWorks Presenter: Bob O’Hara, Vice President, ResultWorks Overview: Paragraph or two about your problem statement for the webcast. The personalized nature of cell therapies means that organizations are required by regulators to demonstrate end-to-end visibility across the product supply chain, ensuring chain of custody, identity, and condition. […]