COLA, the largest private accreditor of medical laboratories including more than 8,000 nationwide, has announced its 2014 Leadership Summit, which will bring together leaders across healthcare disciplines to collaborate on the future of laboratory medicine nationwide. Held at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the summit will take place April 28-29, and is expected to generate papers and other materials that reflect the group's insights on the topic of creating a culture of quality in lab medicine.
The summit will focus on the importance of quality, what it means to laboratory professionals, and how to promote a continuous culture of excellence within the field. Thought leaders from a variety of disciplines, including legislators, regulators, physicians, public health leaders, hospitals, medical laboratories, allied healthcare professionals, payers and others have been invited to share their diverse perspectives.
Other featured topics will include:
- Meeting the needs of the millions of newly insured individuals who have entered the health care delivery system under the Affordable Care Act
- Positively impacting workforce development given the shortage of healthcare professionals
- A detailed case study on California's extremely high standards for licensure and its commitment to education and training, which offers lessons for other audiences
Attendance is by invitation only, but COLA is encouraging participation from the lab community, other healthcare professionals, as well as the general public via special discussion forums that have been created on the summit's website.
Interested participants can join the conversation now, and also pose questions to be addressed during the meeting by visiting www.calabsummit.org and selecting the "Summit Topics" tab. They also can participate via COLA's social media platforms.