Episode 7 - What is Informatics?

This episode's guests: Mark Tuthill, MD

Our guest this episode is Dr. Mark Tuthill, head of Pathology informatics at Henry Ford Health System.

Dr. Tuthill is a member of the CAP-Education committee, the ASCP-Informatics Council and the API leadership council. He has extensive experience in: Anatomic and clinical pathology laboratory information systems digital imaging systems for pathology practice, Computer networking, mobile computing networks, and computer-based education.

We’re going to be talking about informatics. What exactly is informatics and what does it mean in the context of digital pathology? How will digital pathology systems be integrated with laboratory information systems and how does this differ from the old model or the analog model?

What will workflows look like in digital pathology compared to the analog model? What are the complexities? What are the dangers? And what are we most likely not thinking about? And of course, what are the barriers we face in making this all work?


More About Dr. Mark Tuthill

Dr. Mark Tuthill is member of the CAP-Education committee, the ASCP-Informatics Council and the API leadership council

J. Mark Tuthill, MD, completed his pathology residency and informatics fellowship training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine-Fletcher Allen Health Care, where he worked to create and direct that department’s division of pathology informatics. Currently, Dr. Tuthill is head of the division of pathology informatics at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Some areas of practice interest include digital imaging and image databases, development of Internet applications for laboratory information services, anatomic pathology and clinical laboratory information systems, laboratory outreach technology solutions, electronic health records and informatics training and education. Active in organized medicine throughout his training and professional career, at present, he is an advisor to the ASCP Annual Meeting Steering Committee, Wayne County District Director for the MSMS, President-Elect of the Sunquest User Group, and Conference Director for the annual Pathology Informatics Summit. As a charter member of the Association for Pathology Informatics, Dr. Tuthill has worked enthusiastically for the API from its inception. He has served as president, chairman of the membership committee, as an education committee member, and participated in the organization’s original planning group and is currently Chair of the Program Committee.