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The Role of the Lab in the Prevention and Management of Diabetes: A Physician’s Perspective

The Role of the Lab in the Prevention and Management of Diabetes: A Physician’s Perspective

November 17, 2021

Diabetes is a global health threat diabetes with the number of people living with diabetes continuing to rise. Diagnostic testing is one of the major tools to help prevent and manage the disease.  In this podcast episode, we will have a conversation with Dr. Ivan Salgo, Head of Medical, Clinical, and Scientific Affairs at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics about the role laboratory testing plays in the prevention and management of diabetes.

 

About our Speaker:

Dr. Ivan Salgo is the VP of Medical, Clinical, and Scientific Affairs at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, where he leads teams focused on multiple care areas such as infectious disease, acute care, cardiology, and endocrinology.  Dr. Salgo received his M.D. degree with Distinction in Research from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He did his residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology where he later joined the faculty.  Dr. Salgo’s past research includes the use of Healthcare Analytics to assess patient deterioration using multiple digital biomarkers.

Key learnings from COVID-19 for the Labs with Dr. Arturo Casadevall

Key learnings from COVID-19 for the Labs with Dr. Arturo Casadevall

October 20, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been already in our lives since late 2019 and the variants surge is rapidly increasing. Is there anything we can learn from the experience? Fast forward to the fall of 2021, what are the recommendations for Hospitals and Laboratories around the world for the current pandemic and future spread of diseases? In this podcast episode, we will have a conversation with Dr. Arturo Casadevall an infectious disease specialist and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University about learnings from this pandemic, vaccines, variants, and how antibody testing can play a key role.

About our Speaker:

Dr. Arturo Casadevall is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He holds a joint appointment in molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research focuses on how microbes cause disease and how the immune system defends itself. Dr. Casadevall serves as chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He received his M.S., Ph.D., and M.D. from New York University. His team is currently engaged in understanding how hosts defend against the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. Dr. Casadevall’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Society for Microbiology Founders Distinguished Service Award, the National Institutes of Health Merit Award, and the Rhoda Benham Award from the Medical Mycology Society of America.  He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Automation is Possible for All Laboratories

Automation is Possible for All Laboratories

September 30, 2021

Description:
With increasing compliance requirements and resource challenges around the world, there is a growing need for the integration of digital platforms to reduce errors, reduce the need for double checks/signoffs, and provide greater process efficiency. There is a need for laboratories to implement workflow tools that automate processes and test rules to improve efficiency. Join our speaker in learning how in an evolving health care industry automation is possible for the laboratory's goals.  

About our Speaker:
Aaron W. Hurst MLT(ASCP) is the Laboratory Supervisor of Quality Systems of the Newton Medical Center in Kansas. His responsibilities include supervisory roles as the second shift supervisor, blood bank supervisor, and chemistry laboratory supervisor. He still retains these last 2 responsibilities along with the quality systems management role. Aaron has devoted his medical technologist career to help evolve the Newton Hospital laboratory with activities focused on improved efficiency, applied lean management, and enhanced patient safety. Aaron has been a contributor speaker in National and International forums. He has been recognized by the American Red Cross, Wichita, for “maximizing efficiencies.” and recently by the Medical Laboratory Observer for Automation in Action in the blood bank.

How to manage Partial D in donors and patients

How to manage Partial D in donors and patients

August 18, 2021

After the success of our April episode, “Your Lab Journey With the Rh System and Weak D,” we continue the topic. Tune in for a conversation about partial D, the differences, types, and implications it has on transfusion.    

 

Sue Johnson serves as director of Versiti’s Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) program. Her experience includes: Director and Adjunct Associate Professor at Marquette University Graduate School, Transfusion Medicine Program. Clinical Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences. Associate Director of Indian Immunohematology Initiative. Sue has authored numerous publications in the field of transfusion medicine and immunohematology and is an established lecturer on the topic of immunohematology. She currently chairs the AABB publications committee. Sue has taken an active role in the education of medical laboratory science students for more than 20 years and her knowledge in the Rh blood group system is globally renown.

Are Process Excellence and Lean the same thing?

Are Process Excellence and Lean the same thing?

July 22, 2021

Process Excellence is a proven way to cut costs, raise productivity, and improve service levels. PEx® combines the tools and methodologies of:     

  • Six Sigma—measuring and reducing your error and defect rate
  • Lean Thinking—eliminating waste to speed your workflow and deliver better value.
  • Design Excellence—structuring a process from the outset so that it flows efficiently with minimal opportunities for waste or error

This podcast will provide the tools to understand the benefit of Process Excellence in your Lab to achieve goals regarding efficiency and performance.

 

About our Speaker:
Dr. Alistair Gammie holds a Diploma from the Royal College of Pathologists. He worked for 22 years in the UK National Health Service. In 2016 he joined Ortho Clinical Diagnostics as Senior Global Director ValuMetrix. He is Lean Healthcare accredited. Dr. Gammie has been involved with Laboratory Consulting Services for over 20 years looking at workflow, simulation, modeling, Lean 6 Sigma projects, laboratory design, automation, and re-organization. He has looked at the workflow in Laboratories throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, the USA, and South America. He has been involved with Continuous Improvement and Top+ Business Excellence which places a high priority on ‘green’ and sustainability. Dr. Gammie is an EFQM European awards assessor as he has observed the use of the EFQM model in multiple sectors.

Overcoming the Challenges of Blood and Plasma Supply with Dr. Pampee Young

Overcoming the Challenges of Blood and Plasma Supply with Dr. Pampee Young

June 14, 2021

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets, or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.  1 blood donation can potentially save 3 lives and now the conversation is towards convalescent plasma donations as a promising therapy for COVID-19, the journey to support during critical times starts with the donor qualification. 

In this episode, Dr. Pampee Young will provide background on the needs and challenges of blood banks and donor centers for blood and plasma supply and practices sharing plans to overcome them.

About our Speaker: 
Dr. Pampee Young. Dr. Young is the Chief Medical Officer of the American Red Cross. In 2018 Dr. Young was a professor of Pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she served as the Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine. Dr. Young has over 80 peer-reviewed publications. Her research interests at Vanderbilt were in the field of regenerative medicine using stem cell-based cell therapy and small molecular therapeutics. And currently Dr. Young’s efforts are in research on blood center innovation, product availability and safety. 

Key facts about antibody titers in transfusion medicine that you can’t miss!

Key facts about antibody titers in transfusion medicine that you can’t miss!

May 19, 2021

Description: During this episode, Dr. Claudia Cohn will provide background on the role of antibody titers for diagnosis and monitoring performed in the transfusion medicine lab and its clinical applications.

About our Speaker: 
Dr. Claudia S. Cohn is the medical director of the blood bank laboratory and associate medical director of the HLA laboratory at the University of Minnesota.  She earned her Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, working on the molecular biology and biochemistry of the protozoal; parasite Leishmania donovani. She went on to earn her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. After medical school, she finished a residency program in Pathology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill-Cornell College of Medicine, and a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  In her current role at the University of Minnesota, she practices Clinical Pathology, oversees the blood bank, and teaches medical students.  Dr. Cohn’s research interests include platelet transfusions, alternative platelet storage solutions, HLA antibodies, and their role in solid organ transplants and platelet refractoriness. She focuses her efforts in two areas: patient blood management and platelet storage and utilization. Dr. Cohn was named in 2020 chief medical officer (CMO) for the AABB organization where she works to strategize and implement ways that achieve AABB’s mission through the development of policies and by engaging the communities it serves. 

Your Lab Journey with the Rh System and Weak D

Your Lab Journey with the Rh System and Weak D

April 14, 2021

Description: Discover the marvelous world of Rh D system’s complexity and why weak D is clinically relevant with Tony Casina.  

About our Speaker: Tony S. Casina, MT(ASCP)SBB has worked in the blood banking industry for over 40 years with much of it in the commercial blood bank reagent manufacturers sector with hospital experience as a medical technologist and blood bank manager. Tony has provided technical support to laboratories throughout the world utilizing Ortho’s reagents and immunohematology test systems.  He has tested some of the most challenging antibody problems as part of his reference laboratory experience. Tony has been an active participant in the AABB serving on committees and currently on the AABB Board of Directors. He has contributed as a presenter to AABB and regional blood bank meetings educational programs. He was extensively involved in the development of the ORTHO VISION® Analyzer Platform

The Impact of Innovation in the Health Care System with Dr. Palani Palaniappan

The Impact of Innovation in the Health Care System with Dr. Palani Palaniappan

March 17, 2021

Innovation can refer to something new or to a change made to an existing product, idea, or field. In this episode of Ortho Science Bytes let’s discuss what Innovation means, its importance in the current healthcare ecosystem, and how this concept can impact a Lab's performance.

 

About our Speaker: 
Chockalingam “Palani” Palaniappan, chief innovation officer at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, is responsible for driving a culture of innovation, with a strong focus on enhancing product development productivity and processes. Prior to joining Ortho, Dr. Palani served as chief technology officer at Epic Sciences. Earlier, he was vice president for research and development in the cellular analysis division of Life Technologies Corp., a life sciences company in Eugene, Ore., providing labeling and detection services for DNA, RNA, protein and cells. He also served as head of molecular diagnostics research and development at Amersham Biosciences, a unit of GE Healthcare in Piscataway, N.J. Dr. Palani has served as a board member for Terumo Global Business Management and the State of Oregon Biosciences and Technology Initiatives, OTRADI & ONAMI. He also received the City of Lakewood Mayor’s Inspirational Leadership in Healthcare recognition in 2017. Dr. Palani holds a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Northern Illinois University and was a post-doctoral research fellow with the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Rochester.

The Role of High Throughput Antigen SARS-CoV-2 Testing in a Large, Metropolitan Hospital System

The Role of High Throughput Antigen SARS-CoV-2 Testing in a Large, Metropolitan Hospital System

February 22, 2021

Discuss with the Vice-Chair and Medical Director of Pathology for a large, metropolitan hospital the challenges the lab is facing with the surging number of COVID-19 cases and how a high throughput antigen test has contributed to meeting the demand for more testing. In this podcast episode, we will explore those key points and more.

About our Speaker:
Dr. Roush holds several positions within the Methodist Health System in the Dallas, Texas area, including Vice-Chair, Department of Pathology and Medical Director for Pathology, Transfusion Services, and the Transplant Immunology Laboratory. She also serves on several committees across the Methodist Health System. She is the author of several books and book chapters on the topic of blood banking and transfusion medicine in addition to articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Reading Materials: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/10/2/265 

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