Webinar: Microscopic Identification of Microbes in Primary Blood Smears

"Whether you work in Hematology, Microbiology or are a Generalist you could come across microbes in primary blood smears. Detecting microbes in primary blood is usually a critical value and should trigger additional actions. This webinar will be a review of the most common microbes you could encounter and their diagnostic features. We will discuss clinical factors that could support your diagnosis, limitations to this type of identification, and additional testing that may be recommended. Whether you report these identifications in your facility or refer to other facilities, the ability to recognize microbes in primary blood smears is critical for good patient care.

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

Astrix Webinar – Transforming Clinical Development via a Data Centric Platform Based Technology Approach

A webinar sponsored by Astrix 

Date:  Wednesday, January 19, 2021

Time:  1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST

Presenters from ResultWorks – An Astrix Business:

Susan Butler, Vice President, Consulting Services and Operations, ResultWorks

Bob O’Hara, Vice President, Business Development, ResultWorks

Overview:

Clinical development organizations across life sciences have common challenges associated with aging and siloed technologies, changing trial paradigms, and ability to easily access and leverage clinical data assets. As demand for increased efficiency and access to data increase, the historic approach to building solutions within individual clinical development functions continues to create significant issues. This is further compounded by the increase in the number of vendors and partners involved in the process, the variety and volume of clinical data used in analyses, and limited capabilities to leverage emerging technologies. These factors hinder the ability to rapidly analyze clinical and real world data to drive insights and outcomes and bring medicines to patients faster.

Aligning sponsors and stakeholders on a strategy and vision for the future is critical to the transformation and provides strategic direction to the development of the strategy as well as downstream IT portfolio decision making. Ideally, the strategy should enable a data-centric platform-based strategy, ensure core and emerging capabilities are supported through modern technologies and architectures, and deliver a flexible and agile roadmap that drives value based on business priorities.

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • Common technology challenges across clinical development
  • What is a data centric platform-based approach?
  • Capturing business and technical capabilities leading to stakeholder alignment on an actionable clinical technical strategy

Webinar: Empower CDS Validation: The Next Phase

"During the pandemic, many labs implemented and validated Waters Empower CDS to gain efficiencies and increase remote work capability. Unfortunately, harmonization of processes got deferred until the “next phase” and only the functionality needed immediately was implemented. Some even purchased the vendor validation documentation and consider the system validated.

If any of that sounds familiar to your lab, now is the time for your Empower CDS validation’s 'next phase' to make sure it is complete and compliant.

In one hour, you will learn how to assess the current state of your Empower CDS implementation and validation and plan for your 'next phase'."

Webinar: Optimizing Patient Blood Management: The Role of the Laboratory

"atient Blood Management (PBM) as defined by the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management refers to “the timely application of evidence-based medical and surgical concepts designed to maintain hemoglobin concentration, optimize hemostasis and minimize blood loss in an effort to improve patient outcome”.

Although the World Health Organization endorsed PBM in 2010, many hospitals still seek guidance with the implementation of PBM in clinical routine which goes beyond blood transfusion.

A review of the literature demonstrates that the role of the clinical laboratory in the multidisciplinary concept of PBM is underrepresented.

The speaker will explore the important role of the clinical laboratory and how it can impact each of the PBM pillars: from detecting anemia and iron deficiency to reducing blood loss."

Webinar: The Analytical Landscape of Cannabis Testing – Session 1: Potency Testing

"Legalization of medical and recreational cannabis and hemp has led to an expansion of potency testing needs. Routine testing workflows are now benefiting from the addition of an increasing number of minor and niche cannabinoids to keep up with the diverse range of cultivars and formulations reaching the market. While five primary cannabinoids, Δ9-THC, CBD, THCA, CBDA and CBN are the most common and abundant, new indications are continuously being explored with dozens of other cannabinoids.

In addition, the increasing demands on testing laboratories has created the need for a fast, efficient and accurate quantification method for an increasing number of cannabinoids. In this webinar we will show practical chromatographic separations of 18 cannabinoids with flexibility across HPLC and UHPLC platforms in a simple, isocratic workflow. Potency testing requiring sensitivity and specificity beyond standard workflows will also be discussed.

Attend this webinar to learn about all key aspects of potency analysis ..."

Webinar: UCMR5 – Planning & Navigating Rule Requirements to Ensure Successful Compliance

"On December 17, 2021, the United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published the final Unregulated Contaminants Monitoring Rule 5 (UCMR5). This 5th UCMR will require monitoring of the drinking water entry points of public water systems across the nation for selected Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and Lithium. To assist our water system customers plan for a successful implementation of the UCMR5 requirements, we will project a detailed overview of the Rule requirements, including key milestones, deadlines plus opportunities for efficiency and cost savings."

Hospital Expo – Indonesia 2022

Jakarta Convention Center Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Jl. Jend. Gatot Subroto, Central Jakarta

An annual international exhibition on hospital, medical, clinical laboratory, and pharmaceutical equipment and technologies

Webinar: Risk Adjustment: A Laboratory Perspective

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) to adjust capitated payments for its Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans based on individualized patient risk. The health status of each patient is determined by their diagnoses, which are primarily based on International Statistical Classification of Diseases codes (ICD-10 codes) retrieved from claims data. The HCC risk adjustment methodology is used by all commercial Medicare Advantage plans as well as in the Exchange market. Thus, they are of utmost importance to any health plan or health system providing coverage.

But could the medical laboratory play a role in this process? If so, what?

​Rhodes Group is synonymous with finding new values for medical laboratories through its FOCUS product line. Join us for our most recent developments in our newest application that uses laboratory results to assist in the area of risk adjustment!"

Webinar: Modernizing Academic Research with Cutting-Edge Software

"Academics are the pioneers of advancing science and technology, yet often use outdated practices when it comes to data management and lab maintenance. Expensive state-of-the-art equipment shared across campus can be inadequately maintained and cumbersome to retrieve experimental data from. While research sparks innovation, the processes to manage the instruments and lab equipment are either antiquated or unaffordable in academia.

Join us in this webinar to learn how two technology companies are committed to helping address challenges and modernize scientific research and operations ..."

Webinar: Changing Clinical Laboratory Billing Operations Through AI and Advanced Data Automation

"This free, 60-minute webinar will bring valuable insights and best practices from relevant use cases of a diagnostic testing laboratory that used advanced automation, AI, revenue process automation (RPA), and other next-generation technology for revenue cycle management. With this webinar, you'll be able to determine if your organization can benefit from the use of AI, RPA, and advanced automation in the revenue cycle. These tools could transform your billing operations by reducing costs, increasing revenue, and lowering risk."

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Webinar: PFAS 2022 State of the Union

"PFAS are in the news across the states, and they have become a growing topic of discussion amongst environmental practitioners, at all levels of regulatory agencies, and they are certainly a hot topic at conferences. With a new administration and a new Congress, 2021 issued in a revised PFAS Roadmap, an NDAA full of PFAS legislation, and a lot on the docket for 2022. The states have continued to forge their own paths forward with how to address PFAS contamination. And with rapidly evolving science and technologies there is an almost immeasurable amount of developments to keep track of.

In the spirit of the season, we have cataloged notable actions that transpired in 2021 and what the prospects for 2022 look like as we kick off the New Year. We will address the details specific to each of the items listed below, and what they might mean to you."

Webinar: Risk Groups and Biosafety Levels—What’s the Difference?

"There are four risk groups and four biosafety levels which unfortunately can lead lab workers to equate the two terms. Although the two are related, the missing link between them is a risk assessment. We will start out by defining risk groups and a discussion of how to use them as a starting point to determine the risk of an infectious agent. Through exploration of the various additional factors that should be considered for this type of work we will get to an understanding of the risks involved and the methods that are employed to mitigate those risks. It is this collection of controls that we define as biosafety levels."

Webinar: Configuring Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) LIMS to Suit Your Needs

Thu, Feb 10, 2022 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CST

All commercial LIMS vendors claim their LIMS are configurable but how configurable are they really? This webinar provides an insight into the claims of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) LIMS vendors, what truly configurable solutions look like, and why you need configurable COTS LIMS for your laboratory. You will learn: - The benefits of COTS LIMS - Why configuration is important to your laboratory - Configuration best practice - The advantages of combining pre-configured COTS solutions with configuration Discover the advantages of configurable COTS LIMS.

Webinar: Natural History Data Curation: Maintaining Infrastructures and Turning Documents Into Datasets (DCMI)

"Natural history collections constitute an important and complex knowledge infrastructure. The heterogeneous data in these collections include specimens, genomes, field notes, ecological monitoring data, and more -- all of which have huge potential for reuse in biodiversity, medicine, climate science, agriculture, and many other domains. However, facilitating this integrative reuse requires first maintaining the fragile infrastructures used to store and share these data, and second, novel approaches to migrating data from legacy (and often analog) formats into datasets that are more fit-for-use. In this webinar, Dr. Thomer will discuss findings from two projects tackling natural history data curation: one focusing on the maintenance and migration of natural history databases, and another on the digitization and mobilization of historical data. The webinar will be of interest to those working with similar collections, as well as those interested in the maintenance of knowledge organization, knowledge infrastructures and the integrative reuse of scientific data. This webinar is hosted by the DCMI Education Committee and will be moderated by Dr. Karen Wickett."

Webinar: COVID-19 Updates: What Clinicians Need to Know About Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

"Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a rare but severe condition associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been actively involved in MIS-C surveillance and research, and development of MIS-C resources to support the public health and healthcare community. During this COCA Call, presenters will discuss CDC’s surveillance of MIS-C, updated MIS-C resources for healthcare providers, research that informed those resources, and data related to COVID-19 vaccination and MIS-C."