Planning for Pathology Informatics 2012 is the product of more than 40 cumulative years of experience in providing continuing medical education in pathology informatics. Its predecessor conferences were: (1) AIMCL, held in Ann Arbor from 1983 to 2003; (2) APIII held in Pittsburgh from 1996 to 2009; and (3) Lab InfoTech Summit, held in Las Vegas from 2004 to 2009. A decision was made in 2010 to merge these events into a single, larger event, bringing together their directors and staffs under the sponsorship of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, and the Association for Pathology Informatics, API. This first merged conference, Pathology Informatics 2010 was held in Boston, Massachusetts in September 2010 and the second in Pittsburgh in October 2011.
Pathology Informatics, a subdiscipline of pathology and clinical laboratory medicine, is growing rapidly. In recognition of this fact, we offer registrants to PI-2012 three workshops on the first day and three tracks on the subsequent two and one-half days. The three tracks are the following: (1) Clinical Information Management; (2) System Support and Connectivity; and (3) Digital Pathology. These three tracks are punctuated by plenary lectures to the whole group by noted pathologists and scientists.
We view the role of the exhibitors at PI-2012 as essential to the learning mission because they serve as partners in the deployment of new technology to support the mission of pathology and the clinical labs. Because the training of pathology residents and fellows in pathology informatics is essential to our mission, we have also taken special efforts to award travel grants to them in programs across the country and encourage pathology program directors to view the PI-2012 experience as an “away rotation” for such trainees. Special discounts on the registration fees are offered to them as well as to API and HIMA members.
Who Should Attend?
Pathology Informatics 2012 is an annual educational conference designed for world-wide collaboration, technology and learning together to come together in one meeting place.
PI2012 offers direct interaction with physicians, researchers, residents and graduate students, Industry-related developers, engineers, imaging informatics professionals, vendor representatives and many others interested in how informatics and imaging are transforming pathology, oncology and radiology. Prior knowledge of informatics is not required and courses are offered for individuals new to this field.
Three pre-conference workshops and three tracks to choose from over the course of the four conference days.
An eminent faculty consisting of most of the national experts in the field of pathology informatics in the country and from abroad.
Dawn-to-dusk programming over the course of four days including a gala welcoming reception on the first night of the conference and formal lecture-demonstrations by a selection of exhibitors.
Elegant conference space and room accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, one of the finest hotels in the center of downtown Chicago
Overall Conference Objectives
Present practical and emerging solutions for automated information and image management in pathology and the clinical laboratories.
Describe how workflow in the clinical laboratories and pathology can be supported and enhanced by new software and hardware solutions.
Understand the various software and hardware products available in the clinical laboratory and pathology market by interacting with a large number of exhibitors.
Present new research in pathology informatics on the basis of submitted competitive scientific abstracts.
Provide a forum for basic pathology informatics instruction for house officers and fellows in pathology training programs.