With both Siemens and General Electric placing big bets on in vitro diagnostics during the past nine months, there is much speculation about plans to integrate pathology with radiology. Bruce Friedman, M.D., plans to tackle this subject at his fourth annual Lab InfoTech Summit, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on March 5-7 at the Venetian Casino Resort Hotel.

Dark Daily asked Dr. Friedman about his thoughts on what would be the most significant change in laboratory information technology in the coming years. “The trend of merging and convergence of the clinical pathology laboratory with radiology is creating a lot of interest,” replied Friedman, “I will be speaking about it at the conference, along with a few other speakers touching on the idea.” Friedman has blogged about The Convergence of Pathology/Lab Medicine with Radiology in his LabSoftNews Blog on multiple occasions and believes it is the next necessary step in laboratory information technology.

Friedman is recognized as one of the leading authorities on clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology informatics. His Lab InfoTech Summit is designed for all clinical laboratory professionals, including pathologists, medical technologists, lab information system mangers, and lab business managers.

To complement the speakers making three days of presentations about important topics in laboratory information management solutions, the conference features two pre-conference workshops. One is titled “Assessing and Improving the Value of Lab Services” and the other is titled “Rules in the Clinical Laboratory: Design, Validation, and Process.” The use of rules in the clinical labs seems to be taking hold for functions such as autoverification of test results because this allows medical technologists to attend to higher level tasks than validating outgoing test results. Both these workshops are intended for lab professionals who want to actively participate in discussion about these topics. They will feature lecture, discussion, Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities.

Friedman went on to say that the Summit “will feature 43 exhibitors of lab software and allied products and more than 200 paid registrants. It is the largest specialized exhibition of its type in the US and is growing rapidly each year.” The Summit provides an excellent opportunity for laboratory professionals assess, compare, and contrast multiple laboratory software solutions. Conference attendees will be able to meet with multiple vendors, face-to-face, in one, convenient location.

The 2007 Lab InfoTech Summit will enable laboratory professionals to immerse themselves in the latest trends in laboratory information management for days. Don’t let this opportunity for learning and networking pass you by!