Release Date: Mar 2018
CC: PC, MK, PBL, PR, SBP
Bruce A. Friedman, MD
Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
The clinical lab industry and pathology are currently being besieged by tectonic shifts that have been precipitated by new science and technology as well as changes in the healthcare market. Here is a list of ten of them but the list could be much longer:
- Predictive analytics
- Walk-in drugstore clinics with patient service centers for specimen collection
- Integrated diagnostics
- Wearable diagnostic devices
- Telemedicine as a major component of outpatient care
- Bedless hospitals
- Automation of anatomic pathology integrated with digital pathology
- Liquid biopsies
- Cancer genomics
- Networked lower-priced reference laboratories
The goal of the presentation will be to walk through each of these changes, define them in greater detail, discuss what sort of threat they pose to the clinical labs and pathology, and suggest appropriate responses to maintain the quality of care and serve patients better.
After attending this session, participants will be able to:
- List the ten technical and organizational tectonic shifts discussed in the lecture.
- Discuss these changes in terms of the imminent and potential effects on the practice of pathology.
- List the ways in which laboratory personnel and management can react to and accommodate these anticipated changes to maintain the quality of lab operations and continue to deliver higher quality patient care.
Who should attend? Practicing Pathologists, Residents, Laboratory Managers, Bench Supervisors, Bench Technologists and Technicians, Histotechnologists