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Opening Keynote: COVID-19: Lessons Learned Informing Future Response

From the 2020 Joint Annual Meeting (June 29, 2020)
Presented by Bill Whitmar, Cindy Johnson, Julie Khani & Linda Wilson
The last three and a half months have been a group learning exercise for the clinical laboratory industry. This session will focus on what we’ve learned over this time and how we can apply it in preparation for serving the needs of patients in the final half of the year. Experts from public health, commercial and hospital laboratories will participate in an honest discussion about points of failure in the system since January, 2020, and focus on what needs to change not only in response to COVID-19, but in preparation for the inevitable, next healthcare crisis.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how blurring lines between public health laboratories and clinical laboratories during this pandemic exposed weaknesses in our laboratory infrastructure
  2. Evaluate the impact of a variety of factors on response failures in diagnostic testing and relate those failures to a range of solutions.
  3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current laboratory workforce.
    Assess the impact of a variety of public policy and private sector interventions that may be necessary to prepare for future waves of disease.

This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.