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  Computing in Clinical Laboratories

Founded in 1975, the Computing in Clinical Laboratories conferences aim to promote innovation, excellence and best practice in the use of computers and information technology in clinical laboratories by organizing regular international meetings which bring together scientists, clinicians and managers from laboratories, hospitals, universities and industry.

The CCL conferences are hold every second year in different European countries. The 15th International CCL-Conference was held in June 2004 at the University of Surrey Guildford England, and is in 2006 planned to be held in Amsterdam Holland.

The CCL conference is organized by an International Committee, Scientific Advisory Group SAG, which is responsible for planning and organizing the sessions and to promote the conference in Europe. The voluntary unpaid work done by the SAG committee is crucial for the success of the conferences.

The CCL conference is non-profit and depends financially on delegate payments and contributions from exhibitors, supporters, and clinical institutions. It is essential that as many scientists, clinicians and managers from clinical laboratories, hospitals, universities and industry as possible are aware of the conference and want to participate and hereby contribute to its continuous success. The good attendance at the conference will constantly attract the best teachers within the scope of the conference.

The 15th International CCL-Conference

23rd to 26th June 2004 at the University of Surrey Guildford UK

Scientific programme

Thursday - Technology and change

Session 1: The shape of things to come - the Laboratory Information System (LIS) and new technology

Chairman: Prof Oren Zinder (Israel)

The IBM Keynote Lecture: Dr Dave Watson (England)

IT - A Mature Industry - No Way! The IT industry has a tremendous record of innovation and just when you thought it could be slowing down there is a massive injection of new ideas and technology - this keynote lecture will concentrate on what is coming in the IT world and how it will relate to clinical laboratories

- Web services and their potential application in the clinical laboratory - Dr Michael Pietsch (Germany)

- The challenge of LIS support for the Genetics Service in England - Mr Andrew Deveraux (England)

Session 2: The bigger picture - the LIS and the national perspective

Chairman: Dr Rick Jones (England)

- The National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) in the NHS - Julie Clifton (England)

- The implications of the NPfIT for the clinical laboratory - Mr Don Saum (England)

- The impact of clinical laboratory amalgamation on the LIS - Mr Bodo Eing (Germany)

Session 3: Safety first - assuring the quality of a LIS

Chairman: Dr Helge Erik Solberg (Norway)

- Quality assurance documentation in the clinical laboratory - Mr Chris Charlton (England)

- Validation of LIS software: the NORDTEST approach - Mr Carl Erik Torp (Denmark)

- Safety critical software - Prof Les Hatton (England)


Friday - The clinical perspective

Session 4: Adding value - intelligent systems and the LIS

Chairman: Dr Bernhard Pohl (Germany)

The Technidata Keynote Lecture: Dr Glenn Edwards (Australia)

Delivering better healthcare with laboratory decision support: what do doctors really want - and how do we deliver?

- Integrating the j.MD expert system with a commercial LIS - Dr Roland Schnepel (Germany)

- Round table discussion: the role of intelligence in laboratory information systems (International expert panel)

Session 5: Using the results - the LIS and the clinician

Chairman: Dr Jose M Queralto (Spain)

- Overview and current issues - Dr Jonathan Kay (England)

- Education and training in the use of LIS in the medical setting - Prof Oren Zinder (Israel)

- A view from General Practice (England)

Session 6: Making the connections - LIS standards and implementation

Chairman: Dr Torgny Groth (Sweden)

- The IHE initiative and the clinical laboratory - Mr François Macary (France)

- Edifact messages for transmitting laboratory results to GPs - Dr Rick Jones (England)

- Update on standards for point-of-care testing equipment - Dr Jan Dols (Netherlands)


Saturday - Wider issues

Session 7: Wider issues - opportunities for the current and future LIS

Chairman: Dr Desmond Kenny (Ireland) and Dr Jan Dols (Netherlands)

- Lab Tests Online - bringing pathology laboratories closer to the patient - Dr Stephen Halloran )

- Practical experience with implementing web-based order communications - Mr Kevin Watts (England)

- Hand-held devices for collecting laboratory requests - Mr Peter Wognum (England)

- Round table discussion: the future of laboratory information systems - Dr Jonathan Kay (England)

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The 15th International CCL-Conference

23rd to 26th June 2004 at the University of Surrey Guildford UK

Conference evaluation

Some of the 80 delegates from 12 countries

The CCL2004 conference had 80 registered delegates from 12 countries and 15 local attendees, mainly from the University of Surrey. We have received very positive feedback, both spoken and in e-mails, and it certainly seems that the conference struck the right balance and was enjoyed by all. Typical comments have been:

An excellent event that I personally found most enlightening.

It was a pleasure to attend such an inspiring conference.

Right size, good level of discussion and  ...  holding it in an academic environment was good - much preferable to hotels which never seem that serious.

Your challenge is to make potential delegates understand how good this conference really is.

Can you thank everyone that was involved in the organisation.  Everything went extremely well from our viewpoint and we gained a lot from the event. (from an exhibitor).

My 'special' memories of CCL2004 in Guildford include: several outstanding lectures that drew prolonged applause from the audience, lively discussion sessions with a very informed and participative audience and quality time for networking. There was a marked 'buzz' in the concourse during the breaks and I know that the exhibitors appreciated having their stands close to the refreshments and the action.
(Dr Ian Wells,
Conference organization).

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