Course S1342

S1342 Empowering Pathology in the Electronic Health Record Era

Monday, September 8, 2014
2:00-4:00 PM

2.5 CME/SAM/CE Credits

Electronic health records (EHRs) are transforming medical practice and information management. The shift to the EHRs as the primary electronic data system in a health system poses challenges, risks, and opportunities for pathology and laboratory medicine. The contributions and importance of pathologists and their laboratories to EHR-related issues in a health system may not be readily recognized, in light of the diversity of information now contained in an EHR. The fact remains, however, that laboratory data are among the most actionable data available to a hospital and health care organization. Pathologist and laboratory expertise is required but often lacking in EHR implementations. In this course, pathologists will learn how to address gaps in laboratory information management in the EHR stemming from lack of laboratory expertise and to empower themselves and their laboratories in the era of the EHR. Following this session, participants may complete a related online self-assessment module.

You will learn to:

  • Describe EHRs, the reasons for their emergence, and their influence on laboratory processes
  • Identify roles for pathologists as domain experts for laboratory information management in the EHR
  • Explain how EHRs provide risks and opportunities for pathologists and laboratories


Ramy Arnaout, MD, PhD, FCAP
Raj C. Dash, MD, FCAP
Walter H. Henricks, MD, FCAP