NOTE: This activity is free and allows you to review content only, it does NOT offer CME/SAM credit. If you prefer to review content and claim credit, please access the CME/SAM version of this activity: Tackling Today’s Technology: A Pathologist’s Guide to Health IT Basics.
This activity originally released as Health Information Technology (HIT) Primer (FREE) and was available between July 17, 2013, and July 15, 2016. The content was reviewed in March 2017.
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 activity, 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.
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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 your Letter of Participation by this date and time.