When Tony Frith, MT(ASCP)QLICM, transitioned from a medical laboratory technologist to an information technology specialist, he signed up for the University of Pathology Informatics (UPI), a self-paced online certificate program developed as a joint effort between the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the Association for Pathology Informatics (API), which leverages case-based learning to develop critical knowledge of informatics concepts.
Developed by an impressive lineup of medical leaders, UPI teaches participants how informatics can be leveraged to increase quality, specimen throughput and patient safety while controlling costs in the laboratory.
“UPI increased my understanding of the management and governance in supporting laboratory information systems,” Mr. Frith said. “Supporting a laboratory information system, or LIS, is more than managing equipment and dictionaries to keep the laboratory functioning; it also includes the management of data and staying current on regulatory requirements.”
Utilizing a case-based approach, UPI participants will act as project leaders in developing a pathology informatics needs assessment for a laboratory. They will have access to the best-selling textbook, "Pathology Informatics: Theory and Practice eBook to help apply learning on the job."
With topics from why a laboratory requires a LIS, fundamentals of computer hardware and networking, the building blocks of a LIS, to choosing and management of the systems, UPI is a great value for those looking to move out of the laboratory and into an LIS support or informatics position.
“I also have taken the knowledge I gained from UPI to introduce MLS students to laboratory information systems,” Mr. Frith said. “My experience with bench techs is that the more they understand about the system the easier it is to support. My goal is to have students gain some understanding of an LIS before they enter the workforce, with the possibility of thinking of taking more involved courses like UPI and move into a support or informatics position.”
Learn more about the University of Pathology Informatics here