The API (Association for Pathology Informatics) and the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the two organizations agree to collaborate on education, advocacy, and membership strategies for the mutual benefit of members from both organizations. This strategic alliance enables each society to gain from each other’s areas of expertise. “The future of diagnostics is the future of informatics,” says John Tomaszewski, MD, FASCP, a former ASCP President and a member of API since the 1990s. “API is the dominant and growing society for informatics. ASCP’s focus on precision diagnostics can be best accomplished in partnership with API. This is a great alliance for both organizations, especially for education.
API will bring ASCP members more knowledge in informatics. Education is at the forefront of this alliance. API will hold its fall Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 2013 ASCP Annual Meeting, Sept. 18–21, in Chicago. Participants from both organizations can select 19 hours of education in informatics delivered by API faculty experts. In addition, API will present its regular “Pathology Informatics” conference (PI-2014) on May 13–16 in Pittsburgh. API has moved this conference to the Spring from the Fall to avoid conflict with the ASCP Annual Meeting as well as other major pathology conferences.
“API is at a crossroads with regard to its infrastructure,” says Liron Pantanowitz, MD, FASCP, API President and a member of ASCP. The alliance with ASCP comes at the right time for us and brings us special expertise and additional resources that will help us climb to the next level.” For all API members, ASCP is extending a complimentary membership effective from May 1 to Dec. 31, 2013.
“Pathology informatics shows us how to practice pathology in the modern age,” says Dr. E. Blair Holladay, ASCP Executive Vice President. “One major role of informatics in diagnoses and analytics will be to accelerate fused diagnostic signatures from many types of big data streams as an aid to patients in their choosing of their best therapy. Our members have told us that they want to learn more about informatics and how to apply it in their pathology practices. This is where the profession is headed.”
One of the major goals for this partnership is for the API to engage more effectively with medical technologists, particularly those with responsibilities for managing laboratory information systems (LISs). The ASCP offers Qualification in Laboratory Informatics (QLI) . The API will be taking full advantage of the various ASCP communication channels to reach out to this key group of lab professionals and encourage their attendance at PI-2014.