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Certificate Program

Basic Principles and Architecture of Laboratory Information Systems

  • Credit: 8.5 ACCENT
  • Level: Beginner

Price: $500.00

Member Price: $250.00

Rating: Member Average


This is an online learning program for laboratory professionals who want to improve their knowledge of laboratory information systems and informatics for use in clinical laboratories. It was developed at a beginner level to present the essentials of LIS operation and requirements, and to fill a void in basic informatics knowledge not received in specialized laboratory training. As of 2016, content has been revised where needed to illustrate new practices and initiatives that can benefit the laboratorian’s role in healthcare.


The program is composed of the following eight courses. Each course can be completed online in approximately 1-2 hours and contains a lecture, slides and transcripts, and a quiz. Some include recommended readings. Enrollees can communicate questions or comments using the program discussion board.

  1. Introduction to LIS
  2. Joanna Baker, MSPH, MLS (ASCP), SC (ASCP), Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, SC
    Explains the need for LIS education and training, how LIS relates to the total analytical process, and defines the terms software, middleware, and hardware.

  3. Terminology of LIS
  4. Pamela Banning, MLS (ASCP), PMP, 3M Health Information Systems, Salt Lake City, UT
    Defines languages of informatics including LOINC, HL7, and SNOWMED CT and discusses the importance of standardization and the electronic health record.

  5. Languages of Informatics
  6. Joanna Baker, MSPH, MLS (ASCP), SC (ASCP)
    Defines a number of important terms associated with LIS and IT.

  7. Middleware
  8. Bill Coughlin, Data Innovations Inc, South Burlington, VT
    Defines middleware and explains how middleware fits into the other LIS used in the laboratory.

  9. Electronic Approaches to Programming in LIS
  10. Fred Hornick, MS, MLS (ASCP), Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, SC

    Explains document control on local access networks, and defines and discusses the benefits of e-learning and data mining.

  11. Security and Networking
  12. Joanna Baker, MSPH, MLS (ASCP), SC (ASCP)
    Discusses the importance of security, explains HR145, and discusses the importance of FISMA.

  13. Validation of Interfaces in Compliance
  14. Joanna Baker, MSPH, MLS (ASCP), SC (ASCP)
    Defines validation, lists the types of validation, explains the rules of validation, and discusses the need and use of document control change forms.

  15. Program Management
  16. Pamela Banning, MLS (ASCP), PMP
    Defines a project and project management and lists the steps involved in project management.

Developed in collaboration with AACC’s Informatics Division. Dedicated to the memory of Dr. James Miller.

Most Recent Program Update: 2016
Course Number: 12415

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Developed in cooperation with the AACC Informatics Division.