Informatics Committee

 


Charge

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

Mission

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.

This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the current committee members. Additional resources and educational materials can be found at the Clinical Informatics Education and Resources page.

This committee is comprised of two subcommittees: the Clinical Informatics Standards and Resources Subcommittee, which is involved with governance, standards development, and liaisons, and the Informatics Education and Accreditation Subcommittee, which is involved with development and support of informatics education resources and accreditation issues.

Commitment

Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 3
Length of meetings 2 days
Typical meeting days Meetings usually take place Friday and Saturday
Meeting locations TBD
Number of conference calls 24-36
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Members 45+, Chair 60+
Additional travel or time commitments
  • Additional hours: if presenting at conferences or participating in external organizations
  • Attendance at Council on Scientific Affairs Leadership meeting for chair

Activities of Committee

  • Develops the CAP Clinical Informatics Resource Guide, released in 2016.
  • Acts as advocate and advisor to The 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.
  • Monitors health IT activities and tools that impact CAP members. This includes working with IT system developers (LIS, EHR, etc.).
  • Develops white papers, best practices, and educational opportunities, peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Serves 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.
  • Supports the CAP Washington office and offer analysis and recommendations on health IT developments.
  • Provides technical expertise and acumen to CAP commercial activities.

Expertise or Experience

  • 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 of Committee Membership

  • 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

  • Liaisons for Health Level 7 (HL7): James H. Harrison, Jr., MD, PhD, FCAP — Orders and Observations; Mary Kennedy, CAP Staff — Anatomic Pathology (AP); Carolyn Knapik, CAP Staff — Vocabulary
  • Liaisons for IHTSDO iPaLM Special Interest Group: Rajesh Dash, MD, FCAP; Mary Kennedy, CAP Staff
  • Liasons for Integrating Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PaLM): Rajesh Dash, MD, FCAP — Anatomic Pathology Domain (AP); James H. Harrison, Jr., MD, PhD, FCAP — Laboratory Domain; Mary Kennedy, CAP Staff — Anatomic Pathology Domain (AP); Carolyn Knapik, CAP Staff — Laboratory Domain
  • Liaisons for LOINC: Raymond Aller, MD, FCAP; Carolyn Knapik, CAP Staff
 

Interested in Joining this Committee?