Laboratory Automation in Microbiology: Accelerating the Impact Through AI and Digital Imaging


Title: Laboratory Automation in Microbiology: Accelerating the Impact Through AI and Digital Imaging

Date: December 16, 2021

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Presenters: Glen Hansen, PhD, FCCM, D(ABMM)
Jacqueline Getty, MLS (ASCP)

Equipping Your Lab for Change

The microbiology laboratory environment is poised for significant change. From increasing requests for on-demand testing and pressure from clinicians for rapid turnaround times to the growing shortage of skilled microbiologists, the laboratory must juggle priorities, personnel (FTE), and budgets. 

Laboratories need tools that optimize workflows by prioritizing tasks and assigning them to the best-suited FTEs who can make the most immediate clinical impacts. Laboratory automation can help maximize efficiency by improving accuracy and decreasing turnaround times. It can also reduce reliance on acquiring, training, and maintaining a qualified workforce.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how your clinical microbiology lab can benefit from use of an in vitro diagnostic device that incorporates machine learning algorithms with digital image capture.

Learning Objectives

This webinar will help you:

  • Describe the current challenges within the microbiology laboratory environment
  • Understand the bottleneck in various workflows that heavily rely on skilled labor
  • Review the downstream implications of reviewing negative cultures from a workflow

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This webinar is produced by Whitehat Communications, a provider of continuing education programs in clinical laboratory sciences that has been approved by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.™ Program. One P.A.C.E. credit hour will be provided for this complimentary, basic-level program.



Glen Hansen, PhD, FCCM, D(ABMM)

Glen Hansen is the medical director of clinical microbiology and the molecular diagnostics laboratories at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is also an associate professor in the departments of laboratory medicine and pathology and medicine (infectious diseases) at the University of Minnesota. Hansen received his PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Saskatchewan and Royal University Hospital in Canada. He is widely published in the field of clinical microbiology comprising over 150 publications and invited lectures.  


Jacqueline Getty, MLS (ASCP)

Jaqueline Getty is a medical technologist at Hennepin County Medical Center in the microbiology department. She received a degree in medical laboratory sciences from the University of Minnesota. In addition to her clinical work in microbiology, Getty is involved in Hennepin County’s rapid testing protocols for COVID-19 at the hospital level. Her interests in clinical microbiology extend to evaluation of new technologies and optimizing laboratory workflows and ordering processes.