Session ID: 

Postanalytic Risk Reduction in Pathology Results Reporting

4:00pm - 5:00pm Thursday, February 14
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


Complexity of our systems continues to increase, challenging the abilities of existing information systems to reliably deliver timely, succinct pathology reports to the right healthcare professionals. Case studies will be presented to exemplify existing gaps in real-time reporting of intra-operative consultations, accurate pathology data integration in clinical notes, exploiting pathology diagnostics in organizational programs accreditation and patients' enrollment in clinical trials, creating system-wide tumor registries, integrating tumor boards discussions in patients charts, and ensuring providers follow up on critical values. Both EMR-integrated and stand-alone laboratory information systems have helped streamline workflow and reduce risks, but gaps continue to exist, mostly due to the varied organizational structures in complex systems. Customization and innovation by local information leaders are needed to leverage existing solutions in order to close the postanalytic gaps.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify existing gaps in medical records information systems that could potentially cause patient harm
  • Recognize the human factor role with real-life examples of laboratory results reporting errors and its mitigation through LIS innovations
  • Compare EMR-integrated and stand alone laboratory information systems in their abilities to mitigate postanalytic reporting errors
  • Define the role of healthcare professionals in innovation beyond the existing systems to develop customized patient safety solutions
  • Work with home institutions on the development and adoption of patient safety initiatives, focusing on closing the gaps in laboratory results reporting errors


Director, Anatomic Pathology,
University of Minnesota


Clinical Informaticists
IT Professional
Quality Professional