NOTE: This activity grants CME/SAM credit. If you prefer NOT to claim credit and review the content only, please access the free version of this activity: Tackling Today’s Technology: A Pathologist’s Guide to Health IT Basics (FREE).
This activity originally released as Health Information Technology (HIT) Primer (SAM eligible) and was available between July 17, 2013, and July 15, 2016. The content was reviewed in March 2017. If you completed the previous version, you are NOT eligible to claim CME/SAM credit(s) for completing this updated version.
This activity is intended to provide laboratory staff, residents, and pathologists with foundational knowledge of informatics and technology found in today’s medical laboratory. It provides an overview of desktop computers, networks, databases, report writing, and laboratory information systems (LIS). In addition, key considerations for successfully deploying digital imaging solutions and whole slide imaging are explored. Government laws and regulations specific to informatics technology are also covered.
After completing this SAM eligible activity and post-test, you should be able to:
- Match computer configurations to your needs.
- Explain the basic structure of a database and how data is stored and accessed.
- Define the role of the pathologist in working with the issues of standalone laboratory information systems/anatomical pathology information systems (LIS/APLIS) and electronic medical records (EMR).
- Explain the basics of digital imaging.
- Use CLIA regulations to manage data and report generation.
- Structure data reports using the four formatting principles of headlines, layout continuity, optimized information density, and reduction of clutter.
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a
maximum of 2.5
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the American Board of Pathology’s (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).
Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Section 3 Credit
Accreditation in Canada: This event is an Accredited Self Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association Canadienne des Pathologistes. You may claim a maximum of 2.5 hour(s) equivalent to 7.5 credit(s).
You have a total of three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you correctly answer 70% or more of the post-test items, you may claim credit. CME/SAM credit can be applied to the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Self-Assessment Module (SAM) requirements. The AMA requires that you pass the post-test in a enduring program to claim credit; therefore, if you do not pass, you cannot claim credit.
Attention Canadian Participants: You have three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you do not pass the post-test after three attempts, you may still claim CPD credit (self-assessment program credits) for this activity. Please contact a representative of the CAP Learning Division at 800-323-4040, Option 1 or email@example.com with the name of this activity and the date completed to request a Letter of Participation.
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This activity and evaluation is available August 14, 2017 and will expire on August 13, 2020 12:00 AM (ET). You MUST claim credit by this date and time.