With the increasing demands on a pathologists daily schedule in the anatomic and clinical laboratories there must be effective methods of providing the data needed by clinical colleagues and researchers. By utilizing information technology resources available in most laboratories the pathologists should be able to provide the information when needed.
The department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has a team of Laboratory Information specialists operating within the Laboratory Information Services (LIS) department. Their role is to provide service within the department and integration with hospital wide clinical systems. Integration of the pathologist with the LIS team is essential for design and maintenance of an effective laboratory information system. The role of this rotation is a brief introduction into the role of the pathologist.