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Mitigating Risk and Improving Patient Safety – Identify and Eliminate Defects Prior to Stain Review

Overview

There has always been pressure on the Histology Lab to do more with less money, less people and less time. Automation in Histology has somewhat stalled over the past few years and is difficult to implement. Automation is only a multidisciplinary process to integrate manufactured machinery and software to perform manual tasks that will allow the lab to capitalize on technology that will provide new and improved processes, increased quality and, most importantly, improved patient safety. The continued evolution of innovation in Histology, both sustaining and disruptive, has taken us from inferior processes to replacement with superior processes. So, why are these processes so critical to success? Developing Innovative Solutions is a demand of the patient and embraced by your management. This workshop will provide learnings/ outcomes from implementation projects and identify opportunities for success and will provide the attendee a new understanding of how automation/ innovation can move your lab from niche application to integrated process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify opportunities for automation
  2. Formulate automation/innovation solutions
  3. Develop improvement processes

Presenter:
William N. DeSalvo III has 40+ years of experience in the Anatomic Pathology field, 36 years as a Registered Histotechnologist (HTL) by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), 11 years as a Clinical Histology Laboratory consultant and 12 years as a Product/Marketing Manager. He earned a degree in Biology/Chemistry from Southeast Missouri State University, received training in Six Sigma and LEAN methodologies for process improvement, an active practitioner of continuous process improvement, process improvement consultant and has developed a Quality Management System for the Histology and Anatomic Pathology laboratories. For the past 15 years, he has provided educational presentations and published multiple articles on process improvement, standardization and automation in the Histology laboratory to organizations and laboratories located in the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa and Russia. He is currently working as an Anatomic Pathology System Manager, Consultant, Editorial Staff Member (Clinical Laboratory Products), Clinical Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty for the Applied Sciences Histotechnology Program for Phoenix College and has previously volunteered as an Executive Board Member and Membership Committee Chair (Digital Pathology Association).

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