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Artificial Intelligence: Applications for the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory of Today

Supported in part by  Copan Diagnostics.

Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) have brought with them important applications for laboratory medicine. AI has been used successfully in anatomic pathology for a number of years and now has applications for clinical pathology. The role of AI in laboratory medicine, and specifically how it relates to the area of clinical microbiology will be reviewed. AI, working in tandem with digital microbiology and segregation analysis, can determine negative cultures, accurately count colonies, and determine positive chromogenic agar screens. Such cultures do not have to be handled by microbiologists, but instead are automatically released to the LIS and patient's medical record leaving personnel to concentrate their efforts on the more difficult laboratory tasks. In addition, as these innovative approaches will lead to the recognition and identification of organisms growing on routine microbiology media, which could lead to the elimination of the need for identifications by secondary instrumentation or methodology. The ethics of AI use in laboratory medicine and how this technology will expand for use in personalized and predictive medicine will be discussed. At the conclusion of the course participants will have an understanding of the capabilities of AI and digital microbiology and how it is changing the practice of clinical microbiology and laboratory medicine.

AI - What Is It and What Role Does It Play in the Laboratory?

James E. Kirby, MD, D(ABMM)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

How will AI Change the Way We Read Culture Plates in Microbiology?

Nathan A Ledeboer, PhD, D(ABMM), F(AAM)
Medical College of Wisconsin

How Will AI Change the Way We Identify and Characterize Bacteria in the Laboratory?

S. Wesley Long, MD, PhD, D(ABMM)
Houston Methodist Hospital

Applications of AI for Diagnosis of Intestinal Parasitic Infections

Blaine A. Mathison, BS, M(ASCP)
ARUP Laboratories

Potential Future Applications of AI for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

Karissa Culbreath, PhD, D(ABMM)
TriCore Reference Laboratories

Level of Instruction:

Target Audience: Bench Technologists, Microbiologists, Supervisors, Microbiology Directors, Laboratory Directors, Infectious Disease Physicians and Fellows.

For individuals-
Single webinar – $35 for ASM members/ $47 for non-members and ASM supporting members
Webinar bundle (all five topics) – $161 ASM members/ $216 for non-members and ASM supporting members

The purchase price includes access to the live event, unlimited access to the recorded presentation for up to twelve months after the live event, and continuing education credit for the purchaser.

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For institutions-
An institutional subscription is available for this course for $259 per webinar. Purchase of institutional subscriptions will allow access and CE credit for up to 10 users. Please call Nicole Jackson at 202-942-9257 to purchase an institutional subscription.

Date(s): Webinars will be presented every other Wednesday at 2:00 pm (Eastern) starting October 16, 2019. Live webinars conclude on December 11, 2019. Recordings will be available on-demand for one year following the live presentation.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit: Each presentation is approved for 1.0 P.A.C.E.® credit. ASM is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. All presentations are recognized by the California Department of Health and Florida Department of Health and qualify for California and Florida CE credit toward license renewal. If you watch the live version, you must claim your CE credits within three (3) days. If you do not, you will have to watch the recorded version in order to claim your CE credits. CE credits can only be claimed by the purchaser (individual sales only).

Format: There are five webinars in this series. The webinars' content does not build on the previous webinars in the series. All of the content is independent so learners can purchase only those that meet their needs.

The live webinar’s audio and video are presented via your computer. Learners who listen to the expert’s 50-minute presentation will have the opportunity to ask questions. The presentation will be recorded and available for viewing one week after the live event. Learners will receive an email once the recording is available. If you purchase a topic after the live event, you will only have access to the recording.

Please email ASM if you require closed captioning.

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