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Council on Informatics and Pathology Innovation

2023 Positions:
18 Members/2 Junior Members/2 Advisors
3-Year Average Number of Applicants: N/A (new Council)

To identify and recommend strategic direction on current and emerging medical information science, data science, and computational technologies that could impact the practice of pathology; provide informatics domain information and expertise to the CAP in furtherance of its programs and mission; and support appropriate engagement with external stakeholders.

This council reports directly to the Board of Governors.


The council comprises the Chair and Vice-Chair (VC), chairs of the constituent committees (listed below); 11 members-at-large; 2 junior members; and 2 advisors.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Committee
  • Cancer Committee
  • Digital and Computational Pathology Committee (DCPC)
  • Informatics Committee (IC)
  • Pathology Electronic Reporting (PERT) Committee


Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings per year


Length of meetings 2 days
Typical meeting daysFriday/Saturday
Meeting locations1 in Chicago or DC; 2 in other locations
Number of conference calls Up to 12 per year; 1 hour each as needed
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Chair: 100+ hours/year; Vice Chair 50+ hours/year
Members: 30-40 hours/year
Additional travel or time commitments Chair/Vice Chair attendance at council/committee meeting as appropriate

Activities of Council

  • Serve as the CAP coordinating entity for cross-council and committee informatics, HIT standards, data and system interoperability, and related innovation activities.
    • Create and maintain CAP recommendations for the use of computational tools, data management techniques, and system interoperability in the practice of pathology.
    • Advise other councils and committees on informatics and interoperability-related activities
    • Enhance and promote development of applicable data and process standards.
    • Support adjudicating issues that affect more than one committee and/or council
  • Create the vision for unified council growth and development (2-5 years plans)
    • Assist in clarifying and coordinating committee activities and scope, and aligning them to CAP and pathology domain needs
    • Assess need for committee continuation and for new committees (sunsetting and creating committees.)
  • Foster and maintain coordinated activities, communications, and messaging, both internal and external to the CAP.
    • Explore the CAP’s role in the management of change in laboratory practice as part of Pathology Innovation
  • Collaborate with Council on Education (COE) to educate pathologists in the acquisition of informatics-related skills to improve their daily practice.
  • Collaborate with appropriate CAP councils and committees to support goals for informatics-related regulatory development in discussions with government (e.g. ONC, FDA, CDC, NCI, etc.), public health, industry, and other stakeholders
  • Work closely and share expertise with New Product Development (NPD), Information Services (IS), Sales & Marketing, Laboratory Improvement Program (LIP), Advocacy, and others to advance the CAP’s strategic goals.
  • Collaborate with the Information Technology Leadership Committee (ITLC) to coordinate internal products advanced by ITLC are aligned with external terminology and industry technical standards
  • Support existing and new CAP policies, products, and services that advance interoperability of pathology data and systems
  • Support committee collaboration and engagement with industry
  • Support committee relationships and discussions with medical professional, standards development (SDOs), and other non-government organizations

Expertise or Experience Requested

  • Subject matter expertise and/or experience in one or more of the following: medical/pathology informatics, computer-based decision support, data science and machine learning, bioinformatics, computer science, HIT standards, laboratory workflow, and interoperability
  • Exposure to or experience in the development, configuration, and/or management of relevant software applications within pathology practice
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements around HIT standards, interoperability, and/or laboratory requirements such as CLIA
  • Knowledge of standards development organizations such as HL7, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), SNOMED, LOINC, DICOM
  • Working knowledge of the CAP strategic direction:
    • Previous experience on other CAP committees. (New in Practice and Jr Members also encouraged to apply)
    • Familiarity and/or experience with any of the Council’s committee subject matter areas
    • Understanding of the CAP enterprise strategy, CAP business and functional strategies

Benefits of Membership on this Council

  • Leadership role in pathology informatics and innovation
  • Broaden horizons in the domain and establish relationships with other domain leaders
  • Represent the committees to the BOG/Residents Forum/House of Delegates by sharing experience, challenges, and proposals for innovation and improvements.
  • Help establish and communicate the CAP’s goals for informatics, interoperability, and HIT standards to advance the field of pathology and laboratory medicine

Representation on Council beyond the CAP

  • Domain expertise in information science, data science, and computational technologies