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Customizing the Anatomic Pathology LIS to Improve Patient Safety and Workflow

PACE credits are no longer available for webinars more than 6 months old.


Patient safety is of paramount importance in the anatomic pathology laboratory. The increased uses of immunohistochemistry and molecular techniques have expanded the diagnostic capabilities of pathologists to include not only diagnosis, but prognosis as well. Staining results obtained from smaller and smaller biopsies can help to determine modes of patient treatment as well as the outcome of such treatments.

Along with these increased capabilities of the pathology laboratory come increased expectations regarding the quality of care provided to the patient. Clinicians and patients expect the highest quality of care, including 100% accuracy of the resulting diagnosis. Therefore, all the procedures and tasks associated with moving a specimen through the pathology laboratory must be 100% accurate.

The pathology laboratory information system (LIS) is at the nexus of this requirement. Individual specimens must be identified upon receipt and tracked throughout all tasks performed in the laboratory. In April 2015, The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) released new guidelines to improve patient safety in the pathology laboratory, through the labeling of blocks and slides using standardized methods. This webinar will explore exactly how the LIS can be customized to provide and support the requirement of absolute accuracy, especially with regard to the recommendations made in these guidelines.


Learning Objectives:

  1. To provide a detailed description of how a specimen moves through the pathology laboratory workflow.
  2. To identify quality control check points along this workflow path.
  3. To identify specific areas within the LIS that can be used to help ensure patient care quality.
  4. To review the CAP/NSH guidelines to assist participants in their goal of establishing compliance.