Clinical Informatics Resources Page


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In the age of an increasingly complex laboratory information systems (LIS), electronic health records, big data, and personalized health care, the pathologist holds a critical position in patient care. Through clinical informatics—the application of information management in health care—pathologists can promote safe, efficient, effective, personalized, and responsive care. When properly applied, clinical informatics can benefit individuals, institutions, communities, and whole populations.

In today's health care environment, all pathologists need at least passing familiarity with clinical informatics. An understanding of clinical informatics affords pathologists the opportunity to lead in their practices and institutions through analysis of ry data. Application of Clinical Informatics:

  • supports scalable, sustainable change in test utilization at the individual, practice, and health care system levels
  • proves delivered measurable value in an evolving health care landscape (eg. through population health studies)
  • supports the development of clinical informatics best practices

The CAP's Informatics Committee and Pathology Electronic Reporting (PERT) Committee provide publications, educational offerings, and electronic cancer reporting that empower pathologists to be recognized leaders in clinical informatics.



Education Courses

Published Materials

Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER) Guide

PIER is a research-based instructional resource guide developed by the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), the Association for Pathology Informatics (API), and the CAP.

PIER presents training topics, knowledge, skill statements, educational strategies, and learning resource options for program directors and faculty to effectively provide informatics training to their residents and meet Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education informatics milestone requirements.

LOINC Encoding Services

Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine—Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) are key standards for use in the US for the electronic exchange of laboratory test information—both are mandatory requirements for Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

We offer assistance to laboratories of all sizes with assessment of laboratory information terminology needs:

  • Best practices of mapping, validation, or maintenance of LOINC and SNOMED CT for laboratory orders or observations
  • Education on terminology best practices
  • Steps to develop and maintain a data dictionary for your laboratory

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Get Involved With CAP Informatics Projects

Are you interested in informatics? Consider applying for the Informatics Committee.


Enhance Your Clinical Informatics Knowledge

The newest guide in our collection is a one-stop source of valuable information about Clinical Informatics.

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