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April 2020

Webinar: Looking Beyond PCR: Isothermal Amplification

April 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

"Limited sample material resulting in insufficient DNA input is a common hurdle for downstream analysis. This problem can be solved using a variety of methods, including techniques that utilize isothermal amplification. Several methods of isothermal amplification are available – each with advantages and challenges. In this webinar, we will cover two methods, WGA and LAMP, that are commonly used in today’s laboratories.

Whole genome amplification (WGA) is a valuable tool to produce large quantities of genomic DNA from limited samples or even single cells. Using a WGA technique called multiple strand displacement amplification (MDA), we will show how the challenges of low DNA input can be overcome using a next generation enzyme, EquiPhi29 DNA Polymerase, an engineered phi29 DNA Polymerase mutant. We will demonstrate that uniform amplification can be obtained from single cells, while leveraging time-saving protocols.

Another method of isothermal amplification, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), is a rapid method for detecting low amounts of DNA. This technique eliminates the need for a thermal cycler and is increasingly used in rugged field settings for the rapid diagnosis of plant pathogens or infectious disease agents like malaria, Zika, or tuberculosis. We will show how LAMP may be used in specific molecular diagnostics applications."

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Webinar: Healthcare’s Identity Governance: IT Security and Compliance for the World We Live in

April 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

"In these challenging times, healthcare and technology are working together to mitigate the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. IT organizations are striving to quickly on-board clinical and support staff and ensure access to necessary applications, all without compromising security or an audit trail.

On May 20, join Brian Selfridge, a partner in IT risk management with Meditology Services, and Wes Wright, Chief Technology Officer at Imprivata, as they examine how an automated Identity Governance strategy, focusing on security and compliance, can serve as an ideal foundation to:

* Support precise role-based access controls
* Automate provisioning and de-provisioning
* Streamline auditing processes
* Provide rapid threat evaluation and remediation"

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Webinar – Benchling for Lab Automation: Harness the full potential of your lab hardware

April 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Let’s face it: lab automation doesn’t always feel so automated. Manual run instructions, manipulation of CSV outputs, monthslong configuration updates... Who would’ve guessed the “lab of the future” would involve so much inefficiency?

Benchling for Lab Automation is how biotechs like Regeneron and Recursion Pharmaceuticals orchestrate their instruments, automatically feed results into their informatics systems, and save 10 hours per run — no inefficient busywork necessary.

In this webinar, we'll give you a firsthand look at how Benchling for Lab Automation can help you increase experimental scale, enhance R&D productivity, improve data integrity, and derive deeper experimental insights.

Apr 14, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Webinar: Nursing Informatics in Times of COVID 19: Achievements, Challenges, and New Ideas

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"The lack of a national or global unified response to the COVID-19 pandemic presents health care professionals with the greatest challenge of their careers. As informaticians create systematic responses to a host of issues – eg, creating terminologies, tracking and predicting outbreaks, ensuring practitioners’ personal safety, establishing telemedicine systems, and using AI to develop new diagnostics and treatments – it is critical to exchange information in real time to determine best practices in uncharted territory. During this webinar, nurse informaticians share information about how they are “building the airplane while flying” and using nursing informatics to respond to this global crisis. This live webinar is being planned as a certified CNE activity."

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Webinar: Developments in STD Testing – a Collaborative Discussion for Clinicians and Laboratorians

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

"This cross-cutting webinar hosted collaboratively by Health Care Education and Training (HCET) and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) will discuss the concerning rise in STD rates and ways clinicians and laboratorians can work together to combat this problem. You will hear about the importance of looking beyond traditional testing and evaluating patients for disease at extragenital sites or from newly recognized pathogens like Mycoplasma genitalium. This webinar will provide information on the latest laboratory options for this kind of testing. Many of these assays have recently been FDA cleared or are coming soon to existing STD testing platforms.

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

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Webinar: Research Context and Research Chemistry: Information Literacy, Scholarly Publishing, and Data Management in the Chemistry Curriculum

April 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"Exponential growth in the number of chemistry publications produced each year has made sorting through research topics increasingly difficult. This growth does have the advantage of exposing some of the flaws in the publication process that future chemists might be able to improve. Issues such as lack of reproducibility, overemphasis on citation metrics, data falsification, and predatory journals will have to be addressed by the next generation of scientists. To that end a new type of chemical literature course in the undergraduate and graduate curricula at Vanderbilt University is being introduced. This course will be divided into three sections.

The first half will focus on information seeking and literacy by covering contentious topics within chemistry (e.g., fracking, nuclear energy, thalidomide, and research related to the supposed vaccine/autism link) and teaching students about the databases and techniques that can help them identify trustworthy information.

The second portion will focus on the history, present, and future of scholarly publishing. Students will learn about current practices by hearing from a journal editor and an acquisition librarian that frequently negotiates with publishers.

The final portion will be on data management as a potential solution to some of the issues with publishing. Students will learn how to manage, find, store, and share data related to their research. Other scientific literature or information curricula will be compared to this course by distributing a survey to faculty and staff at colleges and universities and student learning will be assessed by using a pre/post test to determine their confidence and comfort with finding, describing, publishing, and sharing research articles and data."

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Webinar: AI and Workflow Orchestration

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"After building a model and validating it in an external dataset, it’s time to put it into practice. What is the best way to use it? Should it notify physicians as soon as the inferences are done? Should it notify radiologists? Or is a worklist prioritization the best way to use the model outputs? In the case of automated segmentation, we can also send back results to be viewed in the PACS. Should this result be instantaneously available for every study, or, should the radiologist request these results for specific cases? There is likely not a correct answer that is best in all cases, but there are definitely better options for each kind of model."

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Webinar: Part 3 of 4: Inside the ‘Black Box’ of an Environmental Testing Laboratory – Basic Analytical Procedures

April 21 @ 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 3: What you will learn:

* Who writes and published analytical methods and where can I find them?
* What items should be considered during the method selection process?
* When and what should I communicate to the lab?
* What methods are available and what are the differences?
* What information is documented in the case narrative?
* What is the final deliverable?

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Webinar: Analytical Quality Control for the Pharmaceutical Industry

April 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

"Analytical quality control refers to all those processes and procedures designed to ensure that the results of laboratory analysis are consistent, comparable, accurate and within specified limits. Quality control begins with sample collection and ends with the reporting of data. It is achieved through laboratory control of analytical performance.

This presentation will discuss Analytical Quality Control for pharmaceuticals as it relates to pipetting, weighing, sample collection and preparation, as well as analytical method and equipment qualification.

We will examine best practices to provide thoughts and ideas to develop or improve the performance of your current system. This presentation will help attendees understand the instrument qualification and system validation process and will provide instruction on how to prepare for audits and how to become FDA compliant."

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Webinar: Revolutionizing research: An EHR-enabled Learning Health Network

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Widespread adoption of the EHR has led to a proliferation of the quantity of digitized health care data, but these data have not always translated into improved data quality. Despite increasing interest in using “real-world data” to power clinical research, most clinical trials and research protocols still rely on time-intensive, manual data entry. The power of the EHR remains largely untapped in clinical research. In this webinar, Dr. Ann Marie Navar and Dr. Eric Peterson, researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and strategic advisors to Cerner Corp., will present an overview of their research using EHR data from multiple, connected health systems. They will also present their work with Cerner to build an EHR-enabled network to streamline clinical research conducted across multiple institutions, the Learning Health Network."

NOTE: Free for AMIA members and non-members

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Webinar: Modeling Human Disease: Tools for Cell & Tissue Culture

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Cell and tissue culture are necessary for modeling human disease, but they come with many challenges. These techniques are often time-consuming and contamination, pipetting accuracy, and environmental variability can all impact your experimental results. Choosing the right tools—incubators, biological safety cabinets, and pipetting instruments—can help you overcome these challenges. Join Lab Manager and our panel of experts as we discuss some of the latest technology for cell and tissue culture and how they’re changing the way human disease is modeled."

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Webinar: How to improve patient experience and outcomes by leveraging EMRs in your call centers

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Providers, Payers and Pharma companies all share a common goal to deliver more efficient patient engagement that leads to better outcomes. In this webinar, You’ll learn from industry leaders how they have leveraged a digital mosaic of technologies, including Salesforce Health Could, Marketing Cloud, EMR integrations and Patient Engagement Accelerators to better serve and care for their patients.

A Pediatric hospital in the Midwest was facing a multitude of challenges in implementing their patient engagement strategy. Learn how this leading hospital overcame these challenges and achieved their target business outcomes in Physician Relationship management, Call center, and Nurse Triage setup."

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Webinar: From Zero to 100: A Practical Framework to Jumpstart Your Test Automation Program

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

"Now more than ever, rigorous usability testing of your HIT systems is essential to ensuring quality across the continuum of care. However, the expertise and volume of staff required, aggressive timelines, and complex technical environments create considerable strain on the best internal teams—even more so on those that rely heavily on manual testing.

In this session, we will discuss challenges related to setting up your automation program, how to unlock the potential of test automation and how to determine which workflows can be automated. We will show you how using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze your applications can identify patterns of defects and prevent them in the future."

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Webinar: Connected Care and the State of Interoperability in Healthcare: New Insights and Best Practices

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

"Achieving interoperability between disparate IT systems is a priority among health care providers throughout the United States. According to a recent HIMSS survey of IT and Clinical leaders, progress is being made while also addressing challenges associated with connecting new standards-based technology.

Join Ann MacKay, Insights Practice Lead at HIMSS Media and Colleen Sirhal, Chief Clinical Officer at Hyland, as they discuss the results from new research on the state of connected care and interoperability and, to learn more about:

* The state of health information technology interoperability today
* The goals driving interoperability improvement
* The obstacles getting in the way of improving interoperability
* Steps to deliver a more connected care experience"

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Webinar: Metals Analysis Evolution: Basic Principles to the Latest in Trace Metals, Part 1 – Basic Principles

April 28 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

"This is the first Webinar in a series on Metals Analysis. We will discuss the historical development of analytical techniques for metals analysis in environmental chemistry, including flame atomic adsorption (AA), graphite furnace AA, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) with optical emission spectroscopy, and ICP mass spectrometry(ICPMS). Techniques and methods typically used today for routine metals analysis will be presented. Pros and cons of the instrumental techniques will be discussed, along with basic principles and typical performance criteria. Limitations of routine methods and techniques for overcoming them will be presented in subsequent Webinars.

Topics The Presentation Will Cover Include:

* General Overview of analytical techniques for metals analysis
* Pros and Cons of instrumental techniques
* Routine ICP-OES and ICPMS techniques – strengths and weaknesses
* Review of EPA methods (SW-846 Methods & EPA Office of Water Methods)"

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Understanding Q-Charts: QC Mentorship Seminar Series with Alex Lau: Taming the QC Monkey Remotely

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

We know that many of you are working remotely, or have projects canceled, and may be looking to maximize your productivity from home. Baytek is your partner in quality and efficiency. Let's beat COVID-19 together by making your QC program better than it has ever been. Baytek is offering our QC Mentorship Program free of charge during this international challenge.

Right First Time LIMS Implementations: The Importance of Preplanning

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Join us Wednesday, April 29th at 2 pm EDT

So you have developed your user requirements, selected your LIMS product, and secured your project funding – now what? A critical step that is frequently overlooked is detailed preplanning for your LIMS project. Only with meticulous preplanning can you expect to deliver your LIMS implementation right, the first time.

In one hour, learn what preplanning entails, along with the skills and experience required to accomplish it.  This includes how organizational readiness plays into the phasing of your project, as well as how to get users what they need when they need it. When executed properly, LIMS implementation preplanning leads to early buy-in from all stakeholders, reduces project re-work, provides faster completion cycles, and maximizes end-user adoption.

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Webinar: 2020 – A Look at the State of Distributed Ledger Technology (aka Blockchain) in Healthcare

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

"Analysts touted 2018 as the “Year of Blockchain in Healthcare”. It’s 2020 and that didn’t really happen. Starting with the Department of Health and Human Services’ “Blockchain Challenge” in 2016, there was a deluge of potential scenarios and solutions but the industry struggled to prove and implement the value of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)/Blockchain at scale. Fast forward to 2020 where we are facing increasing costs and the need for new therapies in the healthcare and life sciences supply chain. We now have more mature business value driven solutions with more mature technology. We have a better understanding of where real value exists that will not only reduce costs but enable care transformation and improved outcomes with accelerated drug development timelines.

In this webinar we’ll explore what’s different now and what the combination of new healthcare and life sciences needs and solutions can look like in 2020 and beyond leveraging DLT/Blockchain."

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Webinar: How Digital Technologies Are Changing the Landscape of Lab Operations

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Digital technologies have been moving into the lab since the 1970’s, most of you haven’t worked in a lab that doesn’t have microprocessor-based equipment. While it has happened slowly the emphasis on lab-wide data systems (LIMS & ELNs) and coordination with groups outside the labs has pushed lab management and personnel to confront something they haven’t been educated for: lab-wide planning for data management and system’s integration. Too many computers? Too many products? Problems with support? This webinar will help you get control of the digital landscape and organize lab computing into a functioning coordinated system, with a rational approach to management and support."

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May 2020

Webinar: Pharmacogenomics Testing: A Proposed Tool to Achieve Better COVID-19 Outcomes in Patients Who are Prescribed Medications

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

"As of April 1, 2020, 213,144 total COVID-19 cases and 4,513 total deaths have been reported in the United States (U.S.). Fifty-five U.S. jurisdictions have reported cases including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age who have severe underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and any disease that causes the patient to be immunocompromised might be at higher risk for contracting and experiencing severe illness from COVID-19. Most patients with significant underlying chronic medical conditions take medications to mitigate their disease. Also, some patients take medicines that can induce immunosuppression and increase their chances of contracting COVID-19. Pharmacogenomics directed medication therapy management before infection with COVID-19 has the potential to reduce the chances of patients with chronic disease contracting COVID-19 and, it increases their chances for survival from COVID-19 should they become infected. COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that, once contracted, manifests itself through a wide range of symptoms. The symptoms range anywhere between no signs of COVID-19 at all to death from COVID-19 induced pathophysiology. Many medications are currently proposed for treating COVID-19, and many drugs are now being used to treat COVID-19's sequelae, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, and coagulopathy. Pharmacogenomics directed medication management also has the potential to improve the efficacy of and decrease the toxicity of some medications used to treat COVID-19 and its most common sequelae."

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Webinar: A Security Solution to Simplify Patient Care

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

"Healthcare records remain one of the “holy grail” personally identifiable information (PII) data types for cyber-criminals. With patient data being more valuable to attackers than ever, alongside stricter HIPAA and HITECH compliance requirements and an ever-growing device inventory to manage, IT teams must account for these risks in their planning. To mitigate the risks being faced efficiently, healthcare organizations need to adopt a ‘zero-trust’ security approach and start viewing every threat surface, access point, identity and login attempt as the new security perimeter.

By deploying solutions that can verify users and establish device trust while protecting every application (both cloud and legacy), healthcare organizations can quickly and effectively reduce the threat surface and meet compliance requirements."

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Webinar: The Importance of Method Robustness to Your Potency Analysis Success

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"This webinar will discuss the do’s and don’ts of potency analysis via HPLC. With the unerring interest in cannabis potency and the cannabinoid profile, it is more important than ever to make sure your cannabis analysis is at that top of its game.

Focus will be placed on the importance of good sample and standard preparation, method robustness, and the importance of modifying your sample prep for different matrices."

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Webinar: ONC National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda – A Presentation of the AMIA Public Policy Committee

May 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

"The growth of digitized health data presents exciting opportunities to leverage the health information technology (IT) infrastructure for advancing biomedical and health services research. However, challenges impede use of those resources effectively and at scale to improve outcomes. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) led a collaborative effort to identify challenges, priorities, and actions to leverage health IT and electronic health data for research. This effort resulted in the National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda. This presentation outlines priorities and recommended actions to be implemented in collaboration with the research and informatics communities for optimizing the health information ecosystem for scientific discovery."

NOTE: Free for AMIA members; $50 for non-members

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Webinar: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Biosafety on the Frontlines

May 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

"This webinar will provide attendees with knowledge on how laboratories are safely testing and handling specimens during the COVID-19 response. Speakers will present on the necessary personal protective equipment for laboratories to utilize to reduce the likelihood of a laboratory acquired infection. Participants will also hear recommendations on how to handle potential positive samples and methods on how to mitigate the risk of a laboratory exposure. This webinar will be recorded and made available for those unable to listen live."

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Webinar: Metals Analysis Evolution: Basic Principles to the Latest in Trace Metals, Part 2 – Advanced Topics

May 12 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

This is the second webinar in a series on metals analysis.

"his webinar will cover the analysis of metals at even lower concentration levels using ICP-MS in environmental samples. We will also include a discussion on the analysis of trace metals using interference reduction technology for challenging environmental samples including ICP-KED-MS (ICP-Kinetic Energy Discrimination- MS) and ICP-QQQ (ICP-Triple Quadrupole). Lastly, we will discuss newer sample introduction techniques such as hydride generation as well as online chelation for seawater sample analysis using EPA Method 1640.

Topics The Presentation Will Cover Include:

* General Overview of analytical techniques for metals analysis
* Pros and Cons of instrumental techniques
* Trace level metals analytical approaches for fresh, brackish, salt and hypersaline waters
* Review of the EPA methods (SW-846 Methods & EPA Office of Water Methods)"

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Signal Response & Corrective Action Reports (CAR): QC Mentorship Seminar Series with Alex Lau: Taming the QC Monkey Remotely

May 13 @ 1:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT

We know that many of you are working remotely, or have projects canceled, and may be looking to maximize your productivity from home. Baytek is your partner in quality and efficiency. Let's beat COVID-19 together by making your QC program better than it has ever been. Baytek is offering our QC Mentorship Program free of charge during this international challenge.

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Webinar: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Role of Serologic Testing in Diagnosis and Assessment of Viral Immunity

May 13 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am PDT

The purpose of this webinar is:

"* Provide education on COVID-19 disease and SARS-CoV-2.
* Review the types of tests used for the diagnosis of infectious diseases.
* Discuss approaches to serologic test development.
* Review the kinetics of the antibody response and the functions of immunoglobulin subclasses in the immune response and analytes for monitoring immunity to a pathogen (SARS-CoV-2)
* Discuss pros and cons in measuring virus-specific IgG vs IgG+IgM.
* Discuss the functions of the SARS-CoV-2 proteins commonly employed in serologic assays—Nucleocapsid Protein and Spike Protein.
* Review the differences and similarities of diagnostic antibodies and neutralizing antibodies."

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Webinar: The Flexible Scope of LIMS in Today’s Manufacturing Operations

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Thu, May 14, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

Applicable to all manufacturing industries, especially Pharmaceutical and other Regulated industries, this webinar explores the complexity of the informatics needs of today’s manufacturing operations. There is a requirement to link data together from many different fast-evolving systems while ensuring the integrity of that data. Integrating multiple sources of data from ERP, instruments and other systems to drive quality across the organisation is vital. This webinar provides an insight into how LIMS continues to evolve as the glue that links the disparate elements of manufacturing data and information together to ensure safe and efficient product release.
Key discussion points include:
  • Data volume and data value
  • The complexity of the Laboratory informatics infrastructure
  • The impact of Industry 4.0 and Laboratory 4.0 on this complexity
  • Informatics as the new logistics
  • Helping maintain data integrity and product release quality with an integrated LIMS solution

In this short webinar you'll learn how LIMS underpins modern manufacturing flows, as well as providing a basis for quality assurance and cGMP/regulatory compliance. It is especially relevant to all industries with defined manufacturing process steps from pharmaceuticals, chemicals and reagents to medical devices, food and beverage. Please register here.


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Webinar: COVID-19 Regulatory Modification: Potential Gamechanger for the Healthcare Community?

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

"With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the US government quickly moved to remove or curtail regulatory or administrative processes perceived as impeding healthcare delivery or receipt for clinicians and patients struggling with COVID-19. Regulatory changes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights, Office of Inspector General, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) all figure prominently in the new healthcare delivery paradigm brought about by COVID-19. The changes are accelerating the use of digital health solutions and balancing the reimbursement field, all of which appear to be well received by the industry.

Join three prominent healthcare attorneys to discuss these issues in more depth. This session will provide a forum to learn what clinicians, developers, innovators, and patients are encountering at present; the evolution occurring across all healthcare stakeholders; and, how to prepare now for a future post-pandemic period."

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Webinar: Protecting Healthcare Data

May 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

"We’re now entering a new frontier in data protection. Data has three phases; at-rest, in-transit, and in-use. To date, protections have been focused on at-rest and in-transit through encryption. Data in-use has been an area of vulnerability that can now be mitigated with hardware-based secure enclaves. This session explores the use of Software Guard Extensions (SGX) to extend trust across disconnected devices, protect sensitive data across public, hybrid, multi-cloud, and private cloud environments and enable multi-party joint computation on sensitive data in a privacy-preserving manner."

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Webinar: Clinical Lab 2.0 and the Future of Health Care

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

"Health care sectors are transitioning from a fee-for-service payment system to new value-based payment models, and a new business model known as Clinical Lab 2.0 is leading the way. Clinical Lab 2.0 aims to support the transition of the US health care system from sick care to well care by providing meaningful interpretation of the clinical laboratory data. By delivering critical information in an actionable way, laboratorians can help optimize the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients while improving outcomes.requirements of the situation and shift their focus to those specific areas. In addition, crisis requires even more clear and precise communication than normal. It also requires leaders to be more open to feedback and help, to effectively take advantage of all the knowledge and experience in the team."

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Webinar: Accelerating Health Systems’ Digital Transformation: Why Digital Health Must Be the New Standard in a Post-COVID-19 World

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

"COVID-19 is profoundly and durably changing health systems around the world and pointing at the importance of accelerating their digital transformations. Digital health will play a more central and essential role in mitigating health systems’ vulnerabilities, providing quality care in critical settings, and enabling a more precise and effective ecosystem response to future pandemics. As countries and health systems are evaluating their capabilities to generalize telehealth and global data collaborations, interoperability is a critical aspect in ensuring safe and meaningful access and use of health data.

How can health professionals evolve their practices? What do health systems need to consider when investing in interoperable solutions? What are the implications of critical settings on patients’ privacy? How can data governance in a post-COVID-19 world set the foundation for future health emergencies? Highlighting the guidance from the WHO Global Strategy on Digital Health, leading global health and technology experts discuss the framework adjustments that will be needed to harness our digital capabilities and create data ecosystems that efficiently tackle future crises."

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Webinar: Food Safety & Environmental Monitoring in Food Production

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"Complex global supply chains mean it is more important than ever for manufacturers to monitor food safety throughout all their processes. Food safety requires extensive scheduled testing of facilities to monitor for the presence of potential contamination. Identifying the critical control points for the program is essential to support business and ensure adherence to changing regulations, and historical data is required as part of a risk analysis. This webinar will present a time saving, paperless, and cost-effective solution to manage the monitoring program guided by ISO 22000. Test data is presented in meaningful formats so that management can assess food safety conditions at a glance. The management of samples for analysis, whether the management is internal or through third parties, is addressed within the guidelines of ISO 17025.

Attendees will learn:

* The value of efficient environmental monitoring, and how to identify critical control points for the testing process, in food production laboratories
* How implementing a LIMS can address food safety and quality industry trends and challenges
* A cost-effective solution to manage an environmental monitoring program and how to use ISO 22000 and ISO 17025 industry regulations as guidance"

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Webinar: Metals Analysis Evolution: Basic Principles to the Latest in Trace Metals, Part 3 – Mercury Sampling and Analysis

May 19 @ 1:30 pm EDT

This is the third webinar in a series on metals analysis.

"We will discuss sampling and analysis for mercury. Techniques for clean sample collection and sample preparation will be covered. Beginning with cold vapor atomic absorption analysis, we will also cover more advanced technology such as atomic fluorescence and inductively coupled plasma with mass spectral detection. These detectors can be used for total mercury analysis or combined with chromatographic techniques for mercury speciation."

"Topics The Presentation Will Cover Include:

* General Overview of analytical techniques for mercury analysis
* Pros and Cons of instrumental techniques
* CVAA, CVAF, GC-CVAF, HPLC-ICP/MS techniques – strengths and weaknesses
* Analytes – total mercury (standard and low level) and mercury species: reactive, elemental, methyl, dimethyl, ethyl
* Review of EPA methods (SW-846 Methods & EPA Office of Water Methods) : 1669, 7470, 7471, 1631, 1630, 6020"

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Webinar: Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

"During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about the clinical characteristics of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, how cases have been diagnosed and treated, and how clinicians are responding to recently reported cases associated with COVID-19."

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Webinar: Healthcare’s Identity Governance: IT Security and Compliance for the World We Live in

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

"In these challenging times, healthcare and technology are working together to mitigate the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. IT organizations are striving to quickly on-board clinical and support staff and ensure access to necessary applications, all without compromising security or an audit trail.

On May 20, join Brian Selfridge, a partner in IT risk management with Meditology Services, and Wes Wright, Chief Technology Officer at Imprivata, as they examine how an automated Identity Governance strategy, focusing on security and compliance, can serve as an ideal foundation to:

* Support precise role-based access controls
* Automate provisioning and de-provisioning
* Streamline auditing processes
* Provide rapid threat evaluation and remediation

Discover how a powerful combination of security and compliance can help IT professionals control healthcare processes."

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Webinar: Role of AI in the Developing World during the Covid-19 Era

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

"Expert radiologists may ask: why do I need a Machine Learning model to do this task if I’m already good at it? In fact, most of the Machine Learning models available today perform tasks deemed as “easy” by radiologists. At first glance, there seems to be no utility for these models. However, there are places facing a shortage of radiologists, or radiology subspecialties. This fact can jeopardize screening programs that depend on imaging studies and thus, lead to a negative impact in population health. This is just one example in a myriad of diverse scenarios that can be found in the developing world.

Webinar Objectives:

* Examine the main differences found in healthcare in the developing world
* Understand how these heterogeneities influence the way healthcare is delivered
* Discuss practical use cases for AI in the developing world, and potential risks and benefits of Covid-19 AI"

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Webinar: Curbing the Opioid Crisis: The Role of the Clinical Laboratory for Pain Management

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

"On average, 130 Americans die every day from an overdose of opioids, the class of drugs that includes heroin, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In this webinar, you will learn why your clinical laboratory is critically important in helping clinicians care for patients struggling with drug abuse. You will also learn about the advantages of using a specific urine drug screening technology that eliminates cross-reactivities with other drugs. Additionally, advantages of using oral fluid samples will be presented."

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Astrix Webinar – Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best LIMS for Your Organization

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

A webinar sponsored by the Astrix Technology Group

Date:  Wednesday May 20, 2020

Time:  1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT


LIMS Selection is no small task. A laboratory information management system (LIMS) represents a central hub for managing many of the operations in the modern laboratory. Originally, LIMS were designed to be a simple sample tracking tool, enabling systematic control of workflows in regulated environments. Recent years have seen the evolution of LIMS into more of an enterprise resource planning tool that can manage multiple aspects of laboratory informatics – resource management/scheduling, assay data management, data mining, data analysis, case-centric clinical data, and electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) integration.

With dozens of LIMS vendors now available to choose from, and in increase in specialization in terms of targeted laboratories and increasing demands for cloud-based applications, selecting the best LIMS has become more difficult than ever. In fact, there really is no such thing as “the best LIMS.” The focus instead should be on selecting the LIMS that is best for your unique laboratory and organization.

In this webinar, we will discuss some of the important variables you will need to consider in determining which LIMS will provide the most business value for your organization.  Topics covered in this webinar will include:

  • Assessing the current state of your informatics systems
  • Creating optimized future state workflows
  • Developing functional requirements aligned with business needs
  • Using a methodology that will guarantee you select the proper LIMS
  • Developing the proper plan to implement and integrate your LIMS project across the enterprise
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in LIMS selection

About the Presenter

Robert Walla – Principal, Astrix Technology Group

Mr. Walla is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the Professional Services Division.  He has over twenty years of experience in laboratory informatics including overseeing large global informatics projects.   Mr. Walla has a B.S. in Chemistry from Rutgers University.

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Webinar: How To Approach An Upgrade For SampleManager LIMS V12.2

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

"The current business environment is impacting us all. Where lab operations have been reduced, there is an opportunity to invest some of the resultant down time to plan for the future. Now is a perfect time to take advantage of remote technology and get an analysis of your current SampleManager LIMS™ landscape, and determine how a system upgrade will benefit your operations.

Why consider an upgrade to your existing system? SampleManager version 12.2.1 offers significant, new out-of-the-box (OOTB) features and functionality, allowing you to transition from costly customization and leverage new core capabilities. Use your idle time to assess your current processes, identify process improvement opportunities, and develop a plan forward so you can be prepared for your SampleManager upgrade when things are normal again.

In this one hour webinar, learn how an assessment can help you determine if an upgrade is right for your lab, what the path to an upgrade could look like, and what it will take to perform an upgrade. It’s time to get your SampleManager LIMS on the right track toward a successful upgrade journey, and an assessment is the first step."

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Webinar: Increasing Your Sample Throughput: Laboratory Automation

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Automation is a valuable tool when scaling up your laboratory operations. Increased uptime, improved accuracy and repeatability, and higher sample throughput are all advantages of adopting laboratory automation. Many systems can be scaled up as your sample needs grow while your laboratory staff remain free to perform more complex tasks. Join Lab Manager and our panel of experts as we discuss the latest automation technology and how it can help you increase your sample throughput."

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Webinar: Provider 2020: The Year to Optimize How We Digitally Onboard Healthcare Workers

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

"Now more than ever providers need a frictionless way to onboard and serve patients. Current events like COVID-19 shed a bright light on how antiquated technology prevents the healthcare industry to quickly and adequately provide care access. Join Salesforce and Vlocity to learn how they digitally manage the provider system of record, verification, and networks for seamless collaboration.

On this webinar you will learn about:

* Evolving challenges in managing the provider relationship and implications on patient care
* How new technology creates system interoperability and less administrative burden to seamlessly verify and onboard providers
* Lessons learned from COVID-19 and how the pandemic shapes the future of innovation to pivot in days versus weeks"

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Webinar: 5 Key Network Benefits of Virtualization for Business Continuity: Why IT Teams Need to Take Action Now

May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

"Healthcare IT teams are scrambling to support an ever-expanding number of geographically dispersed small sites. Whether due to M&A’s, new provider partnerships, temporary emergency treatment, or just to get closer to patients, the number of smaller sites are increasing exponentially. Ensuring that each site has equal access to required network services and applications within shrinking budgets presents unique challenges.

This webinar will reveal how virtualization of network functions provides a power platform to enable automation at the edge. During this information session, David Bingham will share his personal experience with manual deployment and maintenance of geographically dispersed sites, and the 5 reasons why virtualization is so critical to accelerating digital transformation while managing costs."

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Webinar: Sensitivity, Selectivity, and Speed: Solving Analytical Challenges in Endocrinology using LC-MS/MS for Clinical Research

May 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"The use of LC-MS/MS technologies in Endocrinology for clinical research is experiencing rapid growth. This is a result of the demonstrated improvements in selectivity, and therefore accuracy, provided by the platform compared to more traditional technologies such as immunoassay. In addition, the ability of LC-MS/MS to monitor large number of analytes in a single method, with improvement in both analytical sensitivity and selectivity, increases the speed at which a sample can be interrogated for biochemical abnormalities. Analytical sensitivity, selectivity and speed are all important aspects of endocrine methodologies which can be augmented by using high sensitivity LC-MS/MS platforms such as the Xevo TQ-S micro and Xevo TQ-XS mass spectrometers. For challenging analyses on these platforms, automation can be employed to simplify the workflow to minimize manual intervention during this process, which helps improve both method robustness and laboratory efficiency."

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Webinar: Overcoming Analytical Challenges for Mandatory Testing of Pesticides in Cannabis Products to Comply with Health Canada Guidance

May 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

"The legalization of medical and recreational cannabis products across Canada and many US states has led to an increased demand for safe cannabis products. Health Canada has set stringent regulations for testing pesticides in cannabis products, both in terms of the number of pesticides required to be analyzed and the relatively low limits of quantification that must be achieved.

To fulfill these mandatory testing requirements, we need quantitative and confirmatory methods that can provide reliable coverage and robust performance for the entire list of pesticides.

Although most of the target pesticides are amenable to LC-MS/MS analysis, selected pesticides require much lower detection limits that can be achieved using GC-MS/MS methods. We will discuss how these complementary techniques and the benefits of atmospheric pressure GC (APGC-MS/MS) can be used to provide a suitable determination of all pesticides currently regulated by Health Canada at the recommended limits of quantitation."

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Webinar: Working with your Mechanical Engineer to Achieve a Successful Laboratory Ventilation System

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

"Most people can understand what goes on inside of a laboratory—however, do they really know what goes on “inside?” This presentation will walk you through what it takes to have a successful laboratory ventilation system. Presented by an architect and engineer, this webinar will help attendees gain knowledge on both aspects of the design process and how they work together to design around the complexities and lessons learned on completed projects."

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Webinar: Cytokine Storm Syndrome & COVID-19

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

"Cytokine storm syndrome (CSS) in an umbrella term for a potentially fatal immune response associated with a variety of conditions and triggers. It is known by many names, including macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) when associated with rheumatic diseases, or familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) as a genetic condition that most often affect infants. Many common forms of CSS are often triggered by infections, particularly viruses, of which Covid-19 appears to be included. In this webinar, Dr. Randy Cron will discuss criteria for identifying CSS in patients, complications, and available treatments which include glucocorticoids, but also targeted therapies that dampen pro-inflammatory cytokines like interleukin-1 (IL-1) and IL-6."

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Webinar: Complete Your R&D Transformation with Intelligent Sample Traceability

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

May 28, 2020
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Webinar: Interoperability for the “New Normal” in Healthcare Using Data, Analytics, and the Cloud to Accelerate Success

May 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

"With COVID-19 as the first pandemic fought in the age of data, and one thing is clear: traditional approaches to your data ecosystem are a thing of the past. From the rapid expansion of virtual care, to sharing critical patient outcomes and predicting resource availability – the state of your data matters.

Join industry experts from Information Builders and AWS to learn how organizations with a strong and flexible data foundation are better prepared for digital transformation and are able to rapidly respond when faced with sudden shifts in priorities."

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Webinar: Hybrid Cloud: How this is Becoming Real in Healthcare

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

"Healthcare continues to be significantly outpaced in cloud adoption by all other industries and this needs to change. HPE GreenLake is hybrid cloud, and is our companies’ fastest growing business globally. What is your cloud strategy and how will you innovate to meet the growing demands of your stakeholders?"

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