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Total Laboratory Automation in Clinical Microbiology (Self-Study)

Supported in part by Becton Dickinson.

Sophisticated systems capable of automating specimen processing and culture workup including digital imaging have recently emerged for the clinical microbiology laboratory. As these systems have only recently been introduced into clinical laboratories in the United States, there is limited experience and published research supporting the cost effectiveness of these systems or offering guidance on system implementation. This series aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the available systems, give an introduction to developing a business case for adoption of automation, address the regulatory considerations of system adoption, review the impact of implementation including changes in workflow and culture workup, describe innovations in automated imagining, and provide insight through the shared experiences of early system adopters. At the conclusion of this course, microbiology laboratory professionals considering automation or in the early stages of automation adoption should have the knowledge and skills to navigate the acquisition and implementation process.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the two major total laboratory automation systems currently on the market
  • Evaluate hospital and laboratory data to develop a business case for automation
  • Describe considerations for system adoption and implementation including regulatory and workflow issues

Microbiology Total Laboratory Automation: Introduction and Overview of Systems

Blake W. Buchan, PhD, D(ABMM)
The Medical College of Wisconsin

Daniel D. Rhoads, MD
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Microbiology Total Laboratory Automation: Developing a Business Case

Justin Brueck, MHA, MA
NorthShore University HealthSystem

Microbiology Total Laboratory Automation: Regulatory Considerations including
Verification/Validation, Quality Control and Quality Assurance

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

Morgan A. Pence, PhD, D(ABMM)
Cook Children’s Medical Center
Microbiology Total Laboratory Automation: Automated Imaging for Organism
Identification and Quantification and Future Applications

Daniel D. Rhoads, MD
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Microbiology Total Laboratory Automation: Experiences of Early Adopters
Including Implementation, Workflow and Problem Solving

Richard B. Thomson, Jr., Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(AAM)
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Level of Instruction: Intermediate.

Target Audience: This P.A.C.E.®-accredited series will be of interest to those considering implementing laboratory automation, as well as those laboratories who have recently adopted this technology. The target audience for this course includes laboratory directors, laboratory administrators, laboratory supervisors, bench technologists, microbiology fellows, and pathology residents.

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

The purchase price includes unlimited access to the presentations 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 email Tamara Lake at to purchase an institutional subscription.

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. 

Access: Purchasers have unlimited access to this series through October 31, 2021.

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.

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