College of American Pathologists

  Diagnostic Intelligence and Health Information
  Technology (DIHIT) Committee


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Reports to: Board of Governors

Mission: To establish the role of pathologists on the healthcare team as recognized stewards of clinical and diagnostic data integration and utilization.

Charge: To empower pathologists to drive higher quality and more cost-efficient patient care by improving and promoting tools for information analysis and management and removing information technology-related barriers to optimal practice.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 3 per year
Length of each meeting: 2 day meetings
Typical meeting days of the week: Typically Friday/Saturday

Location of meetings: TBD

Number of conference calls: 2 to 3 per month; as scheduled by Committee and Workgroup chairs, 30-60 minutes each

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Committee members: 45 + hrs. (when actively creating work products/deliverables)
Chair: 60+ hrs
Additional hours: if presenting at conferences or participating in external organizations.

Additional travel or time commitments:
Attendance at CSA Leadership meeting for chair.

Work Groups and Activities of the DIHIT Committee Activities of the DIHIT Committee and Work Groups:

  • Act as advocate and advisor to CAP regarding issues and practices of health IT, including recommendations for activities and products that establish pathologists as the leaders and stewards of data integration and analysis.
  • Monitor health IT activities and tools that impact CAP members. This includes working with IT system developers (LIS, EHR, etc.).
  • Develop white papers, best practices, and educational opportunities, peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Serve as interface to external professional organizations, including assuming the role of chair/co-chair where desirable. This includes the development of CAP-wide strategies for standards organizations that will impact the practice of pathology.
  • Support the CAP Washington office and offer analysis and recommendations on health IT developments.
  • Provide technical expertise and acumen to CAP commercial activities.

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Interest in promoting use and adoption of IT in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine
  • Interest or experience in influencing institutional decision making regarding IT
  • Ability to communicate issues regarding health IT policy and required functionality

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Opportunity to take a leadership role in health IT issues
  • Opportunity to participate in the publication of white papers, peer-reviewed articles
  • Opportunity to become involved in IT standards work affecting pathology
  • Professional advancement by learning about how health influence the direction of pathology and laboratory medicine

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • Liaison for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA)
    Ronald S. Weinstein, MD
  • Liaison for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)
    Bruce Beckwith, MD – DICOM Work Group – 26
  • Liaisons for Health Level 7 (HL7)
    Victor B. Brodsky, MD; Co-Chair, Anatomic Pathology (AP)
    Lynn Bry, MD, PhD, FCAP; Clinical Genomics
    James Carlson, CAP Staff; Vocabulary
    Raj Dash, MD, FCAP; General
    James H. Harrison, Jr. MD, PhD, FCAP; Orders and Observations
    Jeffrey Karp, CAP Staff; Co-Chair Anatomic Pathology (AP)
    Jill Kaufman, PhD, CAP Staff; Board of Director
    Mary Kennedy, CAP Staff; Anatomic Pathology (AP)
    Mark Whitsitt, PhD, CAP Staff; Genomics
    Timothy Williams, CAP Staff; Vocabulary
    David Booker, MD, Anatomic Pathology (AP)
  • Liaison for Integrating Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)
    Victor B. Brodsky, MD; Anatomic Pathology Domain (AP)
    James H. Harrison, Jr. MD, PhD, FCAP; Laboratory
    Mary Kennedy, CAP Staff; Anatomic Pathology (AP); Laboratory Domain
    John F. Madden, MD, PhD, FCAP; Anatomic Pathology Domain (AP)
  • Liaison for LOINC
    Raymond Aller, MD

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