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Point of Care Group Webinars: Speakers and Topics


Whitehat produces webinars for the hospital laboratory and point of care community throughout the world. These educational sessions present a wide range of educational and practical topics chosen by the groups themselves. The educational segments are delivered by respected experts, and offer continuing education credits to attendees. These free sessions are funded by our supportive family of vendors and give our affiliated point of care groups the opportunity to communicate, discuss, and share knowledge on a regular basis. Below is our ever-expanding list of distinguished speakers and their topics:

Topics Speakers
New Topic:
Standardizing Point-of-Care Instrumentation: One Institution’s Experience
Brenda Suh-Lailam, PhD, DABCC, FAACC
Director, Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing
Director of Quality, Department of Pathology
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
New Topics:
Standardization of Systems and Lab Results: Some Practical Guidance
· Cost vs. Convenience: What should be Tested at the Point of Care and What Should be Sent to the Core Lab
Primer on the Protect Access to Medicare Act (PAMA)
· Primer on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)
Diabetes Care: Optimizing Population Management from Lab Screening to Monitoring
Jim Poggi, Principal
Tested Insights, LLC
· Artificial Intelligence and Disruptive Technologies in Point of Care
· POC Testing in Special Populations
· Integration and Automation of Lab Tests from the POC Perspective
· Detecting Sepsis Via Molecular Testing using a Hybrid POCT/Core Lab Approach
The POC Ecosystem
· Interference and POC devices
Nam K. Tran, PhD, HCLD (ABB), FACB
Associate Clinical Professor
Director of Clinical Chemistry, POC Testing, and SARC Sections
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of California, Davis
New Topic:
Common Foodborne Illnesses - Causes, New Diagnostics, Reporting
Jan Buss, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
New Topic:
The Application of Molecular POCT for Influenza and Strep Detection
Gregory J. Berry, PhD, D(ABMM)
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Assistant Director of Infectious Disease Diagnostics
Northwell Health Laboratories
New Topic:
Point of Care Troponin Testing: Current Status and Future Promise
Robert Christenson, PhD, DABCC, FACB
Professor of Pathology, Medical and Research Technology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Medical Director, Core Laboratories & Point of Care Services
University of Maryland Medical Center
New Topics:
The Ins and Outs of Training, Competency and Educational Requirements
· Family Medicine - Current Trends in Point of Care Testing

Jane Smith, MS, MT(ASCP), SI, DLM
Technical Manager, Scientific Affairs
Abbott Rapid Diagnostics
New Topic:
· C
AP is Coming, What Do I Do Next?
Surf the Tidal Wave!! - How to Find the Right Balance when Managing Your Point of Care Testing Program
Kathleen David, MT(ASCP), POCT Manager at Tricore
New Topics:
· Life Cycle of a New Point of Care Test Request
· Standardizing Point of Care Testing and Harmonizing Workflows Between Hospitals and Ambulatory Locations
· Quality Assurance Plans for Point of Care Testing in a Hospital Setting
· Internal Lab Inspections: Are you Inspection Ready?
Jeanne Mumford, BS, MT(ASCP)
Pathology Manager I, Point of Care Testing
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Department of Pathology
Ebola: One Lab's Experience James C Ritchie, PhD, DABCC, FACB
Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
· The Curious Conundrum of Collecting Capillary Blood
· Neonatal Transcutaneous Bilirubin Screening Program: Theory and Practice
· Can You Trust Your Electrolyte Results from a Blood Gas Analyzer?
· Timely Identification of Neonatal Hypoglycemia
Martha Lyon, PhD
Clinical Biochemist, Royal University Hospital
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
· IQCP for POCT in the Pre-Analytic Stage: Identifying and Preventing the Most Common Sources of Error
· IQCP for POCT in the Analytic Stage: Decentralized Testing Specific Risk Management and Mitigation
· IQCP for POCT in the Post-Analytic Stage: The Results Are In, Now What Will Become of Them?
· Comparison of IQCP Requirements for Accrediting Organizations
· Documentation Examples for IQCP Compliance
· How to Perform Competency Assessments in an Unbiased Atmosphere
Maria Stevens Hardy, IMA(ASCP), AHI(AMT), CLC(AMT)
President & C.E.O.
Medical, Laboratory & Technology Consultants, LLC
New topics:
· POCT Coordination: Managing Your Sanity as Your Program Expands Beyond the Horizon
The Nursing-Lab Relationship in POCT: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Interdisciplinary Teams

· Developing an IQCP
· Risk Management in POCT: Eliminating Errors Before they Bite You
· Laboratory Regulations Update
· Laboratory Developed Tests
· Use of Glucose Meters in Critically Ill Patients
Developing a POCT website
· Maintaining a POCT program
Jim Nichols, PhD
Professor of Clinical Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
New Topic:
· Waived Testing: Tips for Resolving the Top Noncompliance Standards

· Preparing for Your First Joint Commission Survey
· Preparing for Your Joint Commission Survey
· Tracer Methodology and Performing Mock Tracers
· How to Set Up a Competency Program that Meets Joint Commission Standards
· The Joint Commission's Most Challenging Standards and What you can do to Maintain Compliance
· Tips to Performing a Risk Assessment
· Off-Label Use of Waived Testing Products

The Joint Commission
· POC from Sumer to Star Trek; the Past, Present and Future of POCT
· Future Molecular POC
· POC for infectious Diseases
· Case Studies in POCT: Test Verification, Competency, and Trouble-Shooting
Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD, FCAP
Professor, Dept of Laboratory Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
· How to Implement and Maintain a Successful Point of Care Program
· Lab Testing is Going Bedside...how on earth do we keep them compliant?
· Team Building and Interpersonal Skills
· POCT in the Maternal/Fetal Ward
Buffy Kelly, MT(ASCP)
Independent Consultant
New Topics:
· Capillary Glucose Measurement in Critically Ill Patients
· Relationship Between Glucose Meter Error and Glycemic Control Efficacy
· Platelet Function Tests for Monitoring Antiplatelet Agent Therapy
· Glucose Meter Use in the Intensive Care Unit

Glucose Meter Use in Various Settings
· POC INR Device Evaluations
· Rapid HIV Assays
· Transcutaneous Bilirubin
Brad Karon, MD, PhD
Co-Director Hospital Labs
Mayo Clinic
New Topic:
It is CLIA-Waived So Nothing Can Go Wrong. Right?
· Beyond Resistance: The Threats of Antibiotic Overuse
· Molecular In Minutes: The Value of Molecular Testing for Infectious Disease
· Don’t Take that Antibiotic! You Might Get ... Fat? The Science of Healthy Microbiome

Antibiotic Resistance: The Case for Diagnostics to Help Direct Therapy
· Respiratory Diseases – Viral to Bacterial
· Is it Influenza, Pneumonia. . .Or Both
· Legionellosis: It is More Common than you Think
· Enteric Disease in the US
· The Pros and Cons of Rapid Infectious Disease Testing
Norman Moore, PhD
Director, Scientific Affairs for Infectious Diseases
Abbott Rapid Diagnostics
Reducing Preanalytical Errors Christopher McCudden, Ph.D., DABCC, NRCC, FACB
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario
New Topic:
· Quality Management - Making it Meaningful
· Is Your Lab Competency Assessment a Competent Assessment?
· Checklists Update
· Unannounced Inspections and Inspection Day Tips
· Preparing for your CAP Point of Care Inspection
· Preparing Inspection Documentation
· What to do with Proficiency Testing Failures
· Most Frequent Deficiencies and How to Avoid Them
· New Directions in the Laboratory Accreditation Program (What's New in LAP)
· Document Control
· IQCP - January is Coming Fast - What Do I Do?!
· It's Just a Waived Glucose...Right?
CAP Lead Inspection Specialist
College of American Pathologists (CAP)
IQCPs: Get Started - Now! Edwina Szelag, MHM, BSMT(ASCP)
Technical Consultant II, Florida and South Georgia
Abbott Rapid Diagnostics
New Topics:
· Biotin and Immunoassays: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
· Neprylisin Inhibition Impact on Natriuretic Peptides
· Spotting and Surviving Sepsis

· Patient Safety: A Quality System Approach to POCT QC/QA
· Evaluation of Blood Gas Analysis - Acid-Base Balance and the Practical Applications of the Acid-Base Chart
· Evolution of Blood Gas Analysis - Focusing on the Source of Impaired O2 Supply to the Tissue
· Weeding Through Waived Testing: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
· IFCC Recommendation for Reporting Blood Glucose Results & Sources of Error in Glucose POCT
· Importance of Evidence Based Medicine in Point of Care Testing
· Why Knowing Now Matters in the Emergency Department
· Molecular Diagnostics & Point of Care Testing
· Value of Point of Care Blood Gas Testing
Ellis Jacobs, PhD, DABCC, FACB
Director of Scientific Affairs
Abbott Rapid Diagnostics
New Topic:
· It's Time to Clear the Fog about Kidney Function Testing

Contemporary Issues in Point of Care Blood Gas Testing in the Cardiovascular Operating Room
· Lactate in Critical Care
John Toffaletti, PhD
Director of Blood Gas and Clinical Pediatric Labs, Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry
Duke University
· Disaster Point-of-Care Testing: Fundamental Concepts to Enhance Crisis Standards of Care
· Global Point of Care: Strategies for Disaster, Emergency, and Public Health Resilience, Including Ebola
Gerald Kost, MD, PhD, MS, FACB
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of Clinical Chemistry and Point-of-Care Testing
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
FDA Regulation of POC Blood Glucose Meters Leslie Landree, PhD
Division of Chemistry and Toxicology Devices
Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
Food and Drug Administration
· Getting connected in the POCT environment
· Perspectives on the rapidly growing number of POCT tests available
· Workflow/Outcome Studies
William Clark, PhD
Director, TDMm, Toxicology, CPOCT
Johns Hopkins
New Topic:
· Meeting the Dynamic Challenges for Quality and Patient Safety
Plan for Quality to Improve Patient Safety
Sharon Ehrmeyer, PhD
Prof. of Pathology Lab Medicine
University of Wisconsin
· CLIA and Point-of-Care Testing
· CLIA’s Waived Testing & Competency for NON-Waived Testing
· PPM 101 - What it Means to Have a CLIA Provider-Performed Microscopy (PPM) Certificate
- Karen W. Dyer, MT(ASCP) DLM, Director, Division of Laboratory Services
- Daralyn Hassan, MS, MT(ASCP), CLIA Program Analyst
New Topic:
Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care: Troponin and version 5 New Requirements – Implementing the Guidelines
Ruth Cantu, BSN, RN
Program Manager
ACC Accreditation Services
· Clinican Versus Laboratorian: Conflict or Collaboration?
· Quality Control in POCT: Liquid...Electronic...  Alternate...Equivalent...IQCP - Where do we go from here?
· Statistics 101 for POC - What do the numbers mean?
· The 123's of ACT: What it is, Where it's Used, Which ACT's are Available, and Why the ACT Numbers are so Different
· Standardizing INR Testing in a Non-Standard Environment
· Cardiac Marker Testing at the Point of Care vs the Lab: Setting Expectations
· Implementing a New Point of Care Test
Marcia Zucker, PhD
Independent Consultant
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