Introduction to Laboratory Informatics

Laboratory Informatics Introductory Course

CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) offer FREE eLearning introductory laboratory informatics courses. This two-part series follows the journey of a specimen through the laboratory and explores the generation and transmission of data and results within and outside of the laboratory. Participants can earn Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education® (P.A.C.E.®) credits upon completion.

Introduction to Laboratory Informatics: Life of a Specimen
Learn 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
Learn characterization of the recipients of laboratory data, data and results storage, and the communication of data and results (especially electronically) to various stakeholders.

CDC and APHL are developing a third course on Laboratory Information Management Systems and other information systems.

This online course is for public health and clinical laboratory staff, including managers and leaders, and persons interested in the role and importance of informatics to the operation and mission of the laboratory.

When you complete this eLearning series, you will be able to:

  • Recognize what laboratory informatics is, how it directly supports patient care and public health goals, and who plays a role in laboratory informatics
  • Identify what data standards are used, the importance of data quality, and factors that affect data quality
  • Identify where and how data and results are stored inside the laboratory, how these are transmitted inside and outside the laboratory to stakeholders
  • Recognize how the proper recording, coding, storage, and transmission of data and results can affect patient care and public health
  • Explain what Electronic Test Orders and Results (ETOR), Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) are and how they differ
  • Define what a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Laboratory Information System (LIS) are, their capabilities, and how they differ from other systems used in the laboratory
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