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Council on Informatics and Pathology Innovation


To identify and recommend strategic direction on current and emerging medical information science, data science, and computational technologies that could impact the practice of pathology; provide informatics domain information and expertise to the CAP in furtherance of its programs and mission; and support appropriate engagement with external stakeholders.

This council reports directly to the Board of Governors. View a list of the Current Council Members.


The council comprises the Chair and Vice-Chair (VC), chairs of the constituent committees (listed below); 11 members-at-large; 2 junior members; and 2 advisors.


Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings per year


Length of meetings 2 days
Typical meeting daysFriday/Saturday
Meeting locations1 in Chicago or DC; 2 in other locations
Number of conference calls Up to 12 per year; 1 hour each as needed
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Chair: 100+ hours/year; Vice Chair 50+ hours/year
Members: 30-40 hours/year
Additional travel or time commitments Chair/Vice Chair attendance at council/committee meeting as appropriate

Activities of Council

  • Serve as the CAP coordinating entity for cross-council and committee informatics, HIT standards, data and system interoperability, and related innovation activities.
    • Create and maintain CAP recommendations for the use of computational tools, data management techniques, and system interoperability in the practice of pathology.
    • Advise other councils and committees on informatics and interoperability-related activities
    • Enhance and promote development of applicable data and process standards.
    • Support adjudicating issues that affect more than one committee and/or council
  • Create the vision for unified council growth and development (2-5 years plans)
    • Assist in clarifying and coordinating committee activities and scope, and aligning them to CAP and pathology domain needs
    • Assess need for committee continuation and for new committees (sunsetting and creating committees.)
  • Foster and maintain coordinated activities, communications, and messaging, both internal and external to the CAP.
    • Explore the CAP’s role in the management of change in laboratory practice as part of Pathology Innovation
  • Collaborate with Council on Education (COE) to educate pathologists in the acquisition of informatics-related skills to improve their daily practice.
  • Collaborate with appropriate CAP councils and committees to support goals for informatics-related regulatory development in discussions with government (e.g. ONC, FDA, CDC, NCI, etc.), public health, industry, and other stakeholders
  • Work closely and share expertise with New Product Development (NPD), Information Services (IS), Sales & Marketing, Laboratory Improvement Program (LIP), Advocacy, and others to advance the CAP’s strategic goals.
  • Collaborate with the Information Technology Leadership Committee (ITLC) to coordinate internal products advanced by ITLC are aligned with external terminology and industry technical standards
  • Support existing and new CAP policies, products, and services that advance interoperability of pathology data and systems
  • Support committee collaboration and engagement with industry
  • Support committee relationships and discussions with medical professional, standards development (SDOs), and other non-government organizations

Expertise or Experience Requested

  • Subject matter expertise and/or experience in one or more of the following: medical/pathology informatics, computer-based decision support, data science and machine learning, bioinformatics, computer science, HIT standards, laboratory workflow, and interoperability
  • Exposure to or experience in the development, configuration, and/or management of relevant software applications within pathology practice
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements around HIT standards, interoperability, and/or laboratory requirements such as CLIA
  • Knowledge of standards development organizations such as HL7, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), SNOMED, LOINC, DICOM
  • Working knowledge of the CAP strategic direction:
    • Previous experience on other CAP committees. (New in Practice and Jr Members also encouraged to apply)
    • Familiarity and/or experience with any of the Council’s committee subject matter areas
    • Understanding of the CAP enterprise strategy, CAP business and functional strategies

Benefits of Membership on this Council

  • Leadership role in pathology informatics and innovation
  • Broaden horizons in the domain and establish relationships with other domain leaders
  • Represent the committees to the BOG/Residents Forum/House of Delegates by sharing experience, challenges, and proposals for innovation and improvements.
  • Help establish and communicate the CAP’s goals for informatics, interoperability, and HIT standards to advance the field of pathology and laboratory medicine

Representation on Council beyond the CAP

  • Domain expertise in information science, data science, and computational technologies