The ASCLS-AGT 2019 Joint Annual Meeting Opening Keynote, The Future of the Laboratory Profession: How Important is Clinical Lab 2.0?, will examine how the strengths of laboratory professionals empower us to provide innovative new solutions for effective delivery of healthcare; how such opportunities can be identified: and how we can be recognized for our contributions.

James Crawford Portrait 2013 croppedKeynote speaker James Crawford, MD, PhD, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, is a founding member of Project Santa Fe, the originators of the concept of Clinical Lab 2.0. He is a leading advocate for the programmatic leadership that laboratory can provide in the next era of American healthcare, to achieve improved population outcomes and better utilization of healthcare resources.

“Clinical Lab 2.0 is about leadership, not followship.” – Dr. James Crawford

The world of healthcare is changing – the clinical laboratory is changing with it. According to Dr. Crawford, traditional Lab 1.0 is a transactional lab model which provides sick care. However, the emerging Clinical Lab 2.0 is an integrative lab, which leverages longitudinal laboratory data to produce actionable, clinical insight, driving better outcomes for patients, providers, and financial stakeholders. In short, Clinical Lab 2.0 places labs at the forefront of better healthcare delivery.

Dr. Crawford’s presentation will

  • identify specific strengths that enable laboratory professionals to contribute to better healthcare;
  • enumerate the medical and economic valuation of the clinical data generated by the laboratory; and
  • map the critical path for generating value from laboratory services and getting attribution for doing so.

In the white paper, "Improving American Healthcare Through ‘Clinical Lab 2.0’: A Project Santa Fe Report," first published in Academic Pathology in April 2017, the authors, including Dr. Crawford, argue that “something is lost by separating the laboratory from data analysis and interpretation. The basis for such argument is that laboratory professionals have unique expertise. For the technical professionals of the laboratory workforce, their expertise lies in maximizing the accuracy of laboratory diagnostics, optimizing the efficiency of their delivery and helping to ensure that innovations from medical science are successfully deployed at this front line of health care delivery.”

Join us in Charlotte on June 23-27 to learn more from Dr. Crawford about how you, as a medical laboratory professional, can drive innovations in the effective delivery of healthcare. Early bird registration ends Friday, April 26 – register today and save!

For more about Dr. Crawford's vision for Clinical Lab 2.0, watch his 2017 presentation, "Getting From Here to There: Clinical Lab 2.0 in the Value-Based Era," from the University of Washington School of Medicine.