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.
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 days||Friday/Saturday|
|Meeting locations||1 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