Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy
The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), the premiere international accrediting organization of cellular therapy programs, sets standards for and inspects cell transplant centers to ensure patients around the world receive the best possible care. Emphasizing the critical relationship between laboratory practice and clinical care, FACT supports teamwork between laboratory scientists and clinicians. FACT Standards include cells collected from bone marrow, peripheral blood and cord blood, which are rich in cells that can be used to treat blood cancers and disorders. Cellular therapy is an exploding field, and more diseases and conditions can potentially be treated by these lifesaving sources of cells. By joining scientists and clinicians through FACT accreditation, our department plays a role in advancing the options physicians have to treat their patients. To learn more about FACT, please visit their website.
King Fahad Specialist Hospital Dammam
King Fahad Specialist Hospital (KFSH) in Dammam is a tertiary referral hospital situated in Dammam and committed to serve the healthcare needs of the eastern province in Saudi Arabia. KFSH presently has the capacity of 640 patient beds and has adequate manpower including over 120 doctors and over 300 nurses. The UNMC Department of Pathology & Microbiology collaborates with KFSH in subspecialty training for pathologists in renal pathology, transplant pathology and dermatopathology. Under the direction of Drs. Baha Abdelhamid, Rakesh Singh and Peter Iwen, the two organizations have also developed a clinical scientist training program for medical laboratory scientists.
Labpoint, LLC is a software development consulting company specializing in custom application development and data integration services involving healthcare information technology. Located in Little Italy in Omaha, Nebraska, they strive to differentiate themselves in the healthcare IT market by being committed to the solid delivery of services and products and long-term support for years to come. Labpoint's area of focus is primarily in establishing and maintaining reliable applications and interfaces within and among remote healthcare entities.
Beginning in 2008, the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center entered into a partnership with Labpoint to provide IT services to the department and the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL). In collaboration with Labpoint personnel, one of the first web-based public health lab test ordering and result tool, ELIRT, was developed and deployed throughout the state. In addition, NPHL joined with the State of Nebraska and Labpoint in developing one of the first electronic results reporting to the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System in fulfillment of state mandatory reportable disease reporting regulations.
In 2009, Labpoint, along with the NPHL and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), engaged in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded effort to integrate and consolidate electronic test messaging among many public health entities including the CDC on a national level. Labpoint helped develop and deploy the national public health lab electronic messaging framework with the CDC as part of the Public Health Lab Interoperability Project (PHLIP). Labpoint hosts and manages one of two centralized, national lab test messaging hubs which accepts, consolidates and forwards lab test message data directly to the CDC and other participating partners in the project. Labpoint continues to provide leadership and support to the PHLIP project with staff dedicated to assisting state and federal public health entities connect to the PHLIP network. Currently, 15 state public health labs have been incorporated into the PHLIP network.
Labpoint’s specialty in interface development and health system interoperability continues to be leveraged by the Department of Pathology and Microbiology to assist in laboratory outreach services efforts by developing, implementing and managing laboratory interfaces between private practices, affiliated hospitals, and Nebraska Medicine . These efforts support the mission of the department and help to expand both its service offerings and service area.
Labpoint staff is among several founding members involved in the PHLIP with APHL in cooperation with the CDC. They continue to actively participate in this exciting project and currently operate one of two Healthcare Data Hubs in the country allowing for the secure exchange of healthcare data among eight state health departments and various related healthcare entities. Current work involves architecting and developing interoperability, administration and auditing capability between the hubs allowing for the creation of a scalable, bidirectional healthcare data network enabling healthcare entities to securely and reliably transmit and receive messages with any other entity in the network while simply maintaining a single interface with their respective data hub. Aside from office facilities and support for technology companies, the STC provides Labpoint access to a military-grade data center and facilities for hosting our servers and equipment. As a participant of the PHLIP project, they assisted in establishing the first production electronic lab result messaging interfaces into the CDC from various public health labs around the country. In addition to their work with APHL and the CDC, they are involved in ongoing projects with hospitals, laboratories, a medical university and a state health department.
Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska
The Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska (LEBN) has been a program of the Nebraska Lions and UNMC since 1960. As corneal transplant surgery and the treatment and research of' eye disease progressed, so too did the work of the LEBN. The Nebraska Lions, in order to enhance this process, contributed the funds necessary to construct a facility appropriate for many phases of eye treatment and research. This facility, the Lions Eye Institute, was completed and became an integral part of UNMC in 1975. At that time, the LEBN was housed within. Today, 51 years later, we are still providing the "gift of sight" to Nebraskans, other states within the U.S. and the international programs, through transplantation and research. The board of directors and the staff of LEBN are very committed to sight restoration. We feel that for our business to be successful we need to be aware of all components of donation, with the most important aspect being the donor family and making sure we are fulfilling their wishes. By making the donation process a positive experience for them and their loved ones is our ultimate goal. If we achieve that goal, our business will is successful. For further information or to register to become an organ and tissue donor, log onto the Nebraska Organ Recovery System.
Methodist Health System
The department in collaboration with laboratory managers at Nebraska Medicine have worked in partnership with Methodist Hospital System to reduce costs and improve overall efficiency of laboratory services. The project has led to cooperation on blood utilization and cost reduction efforts in reference laboratory work. In addition, the project lead to the creation of the Nebraska Collaborative Laboratory (NCL) where both organizations combined efforts to take advantage of subspecialty expertise in fluorescent In situ hybridization (FISH) testing. The department is also able to benefit from expertise from the pathologists at Methodist. Dr. Deborah Perry and others provide educational lectures to residents in our program.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
UNMC benefits from a long relationship with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE-DHHS) that includes activities related to public health, education, preparedness, and response. The Nebraska Biocontainment Facility is a 10 bed high containment medical facility located within Nebraska Medicine. Outstanding programs in public health education occur through a collaboration with NE-DHHS and the College of Public Health at UNMC. The Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) is a cooperative partnership between the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), NE-DHHS, and Nebraska Medicine. This partnership was formed in 1997 when the state legislature and Governor approved transfer of testing of human clinical specimens from Lincoln, NE to UNMC.
The Nebraska Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) is a cooperative partnership among UNMC, the NE-DHHS, and Nebraska Medicine. This partnership was formed in1997 when the state legislature and Governor established the NPHL in Omaha. The original focus of testing was to provide support for state-sponsored prevention programs for the detection of sexually transmitted diseases, enteric diseases such as salmonellosis, and respiratory diseases such as influenza. In 1999, testing at NPHL was expanded to include testing for biothreat agents in environmental samples and the detection of chemical agents in human specimens through grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This unique arrangement between UNMC and NE-DHHS has resulted in a saving of millions of tax dollars and has leveraged expertise of existing UNMC personnel and state-of-the-art equipment for the benefit of all Nebraskans. The laboratory facility is located on the eighth floor of the Durham Research Center II tower. The management and operation of the laboratory is overseen by individuals within the Department of Pathology and Microbiology and include Dr. Peter Iwen, Director, and Tony Sambol, Manager. Today, the NPHL performs a variety of routine and specialized testing for the State including blood leads, surveillance for novel influenza viruses and West Nile virus testing in mosquitoes. The NPHL has an extensive outreach and education program throughout the entire state, and helps facilitate the transportation of specimens across the state to the NPHL. Two special projects include the STAT-PACK program that provides for the secure long distance consultation with clinical laboratories, and the FTIR-RAMAN spectroscopy proficiency testing program.
The NPHL played a critical role in providing support to the Nebraska Medicine Biocontainment Unit during the recent treatment of patients with Ebola. The effort took advantage of over 10 years of planning and preparedness efforts for emerging infectious diseases including pandemic influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and antibiotic resistance organisms.
Regional Pathology Services
Regional Pathology Services (RPS) was formed in 1974 to facilitate development and regional access to cutting edge testing technologies at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and to provide an avenue for pathology consultation with UNMC pathologists. We have experienced significant growth and change in the last 30 years of operation but remain committed to our initial goals. RPS provides marketing, client services, specimen triaging and billing services for the UNMC Department of Pathology and Microbiology and Nebraska Medicine Clinical Laboratories. To connect directly with RPS, please visit their website.