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Clinical Informatics Resources

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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


  • "Explore Tools For Lab Analytics" will help you learn about the capabilities big data analytic tools provide compared with LIS and spreadsheets. Presented by James Harrison, MD, PhD, FCAP.
  • "Integrating Clinical Decision Support and Patient Engagement in Value-based Laboratory Services" will help you discover how to improve care efficiency and clinical and financial outcomes using informatics-driven approaches. Presented by Philip Chen, MD, PhD, FCAP.
  • "Real Intelligence About Artificial Intelligence" introduces various AI and ML models used to analyze clinical data and staffing qualifications, as well as training necessary to perform these associated duties. In addition, case discussions regarding the use, validation, challenges, and pitfalls in evaluation of these products are presented. Presented by Matthew Hanna, MD, FCAP and Ronald Jackups, Jr., MD, PhD, FCAP.

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

Artificial Intelligence in Pathology

The Machine Learning Working Group of the Informatics Committee is actively developing resources regarding AI in Pathology. The news section will be updated regularly with important articles and journal entries that you should know about.

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.

Get Involved With CAP Informatics Projects

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

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