The Age of the EMR is the Focus at 8th Annual CPOCT Forum

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The 8th annual Point-of-Care (POC) Forum at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) in Anaheim was a great success, and as Brad Karon, chair of the CPOCT Division, put it, is always a signature event at the for the division.

The Forum started with networking with colleagues across the globe and a hot buffet fit to delight even the most delicate pallet. Brad formally opened the forum, welcoming the audience and thanking the 22 sponsors. Ann Snyder announced each sponsor and the two presenters: Gary Yamamoto from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services spoke about Point-of-Care-Testing and the CLIA survey. Ginger A. Baker, MS, MT(AAB) presented “Preparing for a New Era in Health Care; The Integrated Electronic Health Record System”.  The Power Point slides for both presentations may be found on


Gary Yamamoto

 Gary's slide


Ginger A. Baker

Ginger A. Baker


Ginger's slide

The audience’s professional mix was 35% masters, 35% Bachelors, 25% PhD and 5% MDs from hospitals, private physician offices and industry. All were attentive as they wrote notes.  A lively Q & A session followed and some participants lingered to have one-on-one discussions with the presenters. It was a truly educational event for all who attended.
The POC Forum is an educational event of nominal cost to participants as it is funded by generous sponsors. The event usually occurs the last day of the AACC meeting.  The 2010 planning committee, shown below, found planning for the forum fun, satisfying and educational and has agreed to remain members.

POC Forum Committee

The 2010 POC Forum committee (left to right) Audrey Gillette, Brad
Karon, Ann Snyder, Rick Lebo, Monica Thomas and Edwina Szelag.

The annual AACC meeting will be in Atlanta July 24 - July 28, 2011.  The forum planning committee would like a representative from the Atlanta region to join them and are also requesting topics of interest as well as suggested speakers for 2011. If you are interested joining the committee (even if you are not from the Atlanta area), or have any topic any speaker suggestions, contact a committee member:

Audrey Gillette, 2011 Chair
Monica Thomas ThomasM@CSHS.ORG
Richard Lebo
Edwina Szelag
Ann Snyder


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