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

Clinical Informatics and Pathology

Pathologists need to be familiar with clinical informatics—an understanding of clinical informatics affords pathologists the opportunity to lead in their practices and institutions through analysis of laboratory data. The 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.

Information You Can Use

Webinars

Educational Opportunities

Our educational offerings build your knowledge and skills in critical clinical informatics topics. Log in anytime, anywhere to access these expert-authored online programs.

Published Materials

Programs and Services

Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER) Curriculum

PIER is a free informatics graduate medical education curriculum for pathology residency programs developed by the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), the Association for Pathology Informatics (API), and the CAP. PIER presents training topics, knowledge and 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.

Pier Article(s)

Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents: A Flexible Informatics Curriculum Linked to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Milestones, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, January 2017, describes the Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER) curriculum and its development as well as the implementation process and available Resource Toolkit.

Cancer Reporting Tools

  • Electronic Cancer Reporting Tools. Create the highest quality cancer reports and help to ensure excellent patient care.
  • Our electronic Cancer Checklists (eCC) enable pathologists to better manage their cancer patient data through standardized electronic reporting, which integrates with their anatomic pathology-laboratory information systems workflow.

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.

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

Contact informatics@cap.org for more information.

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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Please direct questions or comments to:

Informatics

email: informatics@cap.org 

phone: 800-323-4040