Ophthalmology; Pathology; Informatics
Pathology: Clinical Informatics Development
I am interested in the use of computers and information technology to promote the practice and teaching of anatomic pathology. Current work includes developing enhancements to our department's clinical information system(s) to improve workflow in the department.
Specialized Terms: Medical informatics
Extensive Research Description
My current academic interests are in the fields of pathology informatics and practice management, including quality assurance and patient safety. The computer has long been a tool for data storage and management. More recently, information systems have become integrated into the daily practice of pathology, providing not only access to data, but also directing workflow, managing resources, and helping to guide medical decisions. Proper design of these systems is crucial to their being a useful adjunct to patient care rather than an obstacle which has to be overcome. Such design requires a comprehensive understanding of the clinical workflow as well as the capabilities and limitations of the information systems. In many cases, custom software development provides the greatest gain in workflow optimization, clinician productivity and efficiency, and patient safety. Proper capture and storage of data can also enable subsequent workflow analysis and quality tracking.
- Sinard, J.H. Outlines in Pathology. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadephia. 229 pages (1996).
- Sinard, J.H. (2006) Practical Pathology Informatics: demystifying informatics for the practicing anatomic pathologist. Springer-Verlag, London. 380pp.
- Sinard, J.H. Immunohistochemical distinction of ocular sebaceous carcinoma from basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Arch. Ophthalmol.117(6):776-783 (1999).
- Belanger, A.J., Lopes, A.E., Sinard, J.H. Implementation of a practical digital imaging system for routine gross photography in an autopsy environment. Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 124:160-165 (2000).
- Sinard, J.H. and Morrow, J.S. Informatics and Anatomic Pathology: Meeting Challenges and Charting the Future. Hum. Path. 32(2) 143-148 (2001).
- Sinard, J.H. and Blood, D.J. Quality Improvement on an Academic Autopsy Service. Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 125:237-245 (2001).
- Sinard, J.H. (2001) Factors affecting autopsy rates, autopsy request rates, and autopsy findings at a large academic medical center. Experimental and Molecular Pathology 70(3): 333-343.
- Sinard, J.H., and M.E. Mattie (2005) Overcoming the limitations of integrated clinical digital imaging solutions. Arch. Pathol. Lab Med. 129(9): 1118-1126.
- Pantanowitz L, Mackinnon AC, Sinard JH. Tracking in Anatomic Pathology. Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2013 Dec; 137(12): 1798-1810 [EPub 2013 May 1]
- Sinard JH, Powell SZ, Karcher DS. Pathology Training in Informatics – Evolving to Meet a Growing Need. Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2014 Apr; 138(4): 505-511.
- Henricks WH, Wilkerson ML, Castellani WJ, Whitsitt MS, Sinard JH. Empowering Pathology in the Era of the Electronic Health Record: 1. Pathologists’ Place in the Electronic Health Record Landscape. Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2015 Mar; 139(3): 307-310.
- Sinard JH , Castellani WJ, Wilkerson ML, Henricks WH. Empowering Pathology in the Era of the Electronic Health Record: 2. Standalone Laboratory Information Systems versus Laboratory Modules Incorporated in the Electronic Health Record. Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2015 Mar; 139(3): 311-318.
- Wilkerson ML, Henricks WH, Castellani WJ, Whitsitt MS, Sinard JH. Empowering Pathology in the Era of the Electronic Health Record: 3. Management of Laboratory Data and Information Exchange in the Electronic Health Record. Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2015 Mar; 139(3): 319-327.
- Castellani WJ, Sinard JH, Wilkerson ML, Whitsitt MS, Henricks WH. Empowering Pathology in the Era of the Electronic Health Record: 4. Accreditation and Regulatory Implications of Electronic Health Records for Laboratory Reporting. Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2015 Mar; 139(3): 328-331
- Henricks WH, Wilkerson ML, Castellani WJ, Whitsitt MS, Sinard JH. Empowering Pathology in the Era of the Electronic Health Record: 5. Pathologists as Stewards of Laboratory Information. Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2015 Mar; 139(3): 332-337
- Gershkovich P, Sinard JH. Customizing Laboratory Information Systems: Closing the Functionality Gap. Adv. Anat. Pathol. 2015 Sep; 22(5): 323-330
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