Introduction to Laboratory Informatics Series
CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) offer FREE eLearning introductory laboratory informatics courses. Participants can earn Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education® (P.A.C.E.®) credits upon completion. The two courses are listed below.
|Introduction to Laboratory Informatics: Life of a Specimen
This basic-level eLearning course is the first of a two-part introductory module on laboratory informatics. The course provides information on the role and processes of laboratory informatics through exploration of the “life of a specimen” as a specimen moves through the laboratory. Topics covered include the roles of various personnel in the laboratory informatics enterprise, data relationships, data quality and standards, and the generation and flow of information as a specimen progresses through the pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases.
|Introduction to Laboratory Informatics: Life of a Result
This basic-level eLearning course is the second of a two-part introductory module on laboratory informatics. The course provides information on the role and processes of laboratory informatics through exploration of the “life of a result” as data and results move through the laboratory and outside the laboratory. Topics covered include characterization of the recipients of laboratory data, data and results storage, and the communication of data and results (especially electronically) to various stakeholders.
|Introduction to the LIMS & Other Information Systems
This basic-level eLearning course provides an overview of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) – also known as a Laboratory Information System – and other information systems that play a key role in laboratory informatics. Included in the course are explorations of LIMS functionality, the role of the LIMS in interoperability, various regulations and standards regarding information systems and laboratory data, and the steps in implementing a LIMS.