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Pathology Informatics 2010; Merged APIII/LITS Conference to Launch in September

Posted Jan 06 2010 12:00am

The two major general pathology informatics conferences in the U.S. over the past nearly three decades, APIII and Lab InfoTech Summit (LITS), will merge into a single event this September with a new name -- Pathology Informatics 2010. The former event that has been held in Pittsburgh for the past 14 years and the latter in Lab Vegas for the past six. Lab InfoTech Summit was a direct descendant of APIII that was presented in Ann Arbor for 21 years prior to the transition to Las Vegas.

The new, merged conference will convene at the Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston on September 19-22, 2010. On Sunday, September 19, a set of three workshops will be offered, one focusing on advanced informatics presented by the Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and a second on specialized imaging presented by Histology Image Analysis group (HIMA). The third will be the Informatics Boot Camp workshop designed as an intensive immersion in the field for novices.

The plenary conference, beginning on Monday, September 20, and adjourning at noon on Wednesday, September 22, will consist of three simultaneous and parallel tracks: Applied Pathology Informatics, Advanced and Experimental Pathology Informatics, and Pathology Imaging. A series of plenary lectures by nationally known figures in the field will punctuate these three tracks. This first track will closely replicate the Las Vegas LITS conference and the second will be similar to past APIII offerings. Digital pathology, one of the most exciting new trends in pathology, will be the sole focus of this third track. The Pathology Informatics 2010 web site will go live in about a month with more details.

Meanwhile, the conference planning committee has been actively recruiting exhibitors for Pathology Informatics 2010 and their efforts have met with great success. The following 20 companies have already committed to participation in the event and the planning committee expects to receive commitments from about an additional ten companies by the end of this month:

Apollo PACS, BioImagene, Cerner, Dawning Technologies, Elekta Impac Software, General Data, Halfpenny Technologies, IVD Industry Connectivity Consortium (IICC), Lifepoint Informatics, McKesson, MITEM (Blue Iris), Orchard Software, Psyche Systems, SCC Soft Computer, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Sysmex America, Sunquest, Technidata Medical Software, Telcor, and Voicebrook.

Be sure to get Pathology Informatics 2010 into your calendars now. This blog will provide you with additional details about the event as soon as they become available.

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