about Global Health Technology This past December, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) lost a dear friend and member, Cynthia Johns, MSA, CM CM M(ASCP), MLS(ASCP) SH . Cindy embodied what it means to be a passionate laboratory professional, always giving back to both patients and our organization. She was a committed champion of the profession, and throughout her years as a highly active mem- ber of ASCP, she served in many different roles, from workshop presenter to member of the Board of Directors. She supported the international growth of ASCP’s Board of Certification through leading roles on the Globalization Taskforce, International Certification Committee, and International Ambassador program, CM E. Blair Holladay, PhD, MASCP, SCT(ASCP) among others. Cindy volunteered her time both locally and glob- 10.1093/crival/vax035 ally, notably serving as a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Consultant in 2006, and traveling to Lesotho to teach hematology courses to laboratory science students. technologies that are changing the way we look at and practice Perthena Latchaw, MS, M(ASCP), worked with Cindy in Lesotho, global health. In today’s world, where smartphones are com- and remembers the cold winter days teaching in small, crowded monplace and biopsies can be performed non-invasively, health- classrooms with little heat and “grazing cows peeking through care and laboratory services can benefit from these potentially the classroom windows.” Despite the challenges, Cindy taught life-changing technologies. without missing a beat, and with an enduring, energetic spirit, smiling the whole time, Ms. Latchaw recalls. Global health often comes under significant strain when natu- ral disasters strike, wiping out the systems necessary to provide Facing and embracing challenges such as those Cindy encoun- good health care. But natural disasters are not relegated to plac- tered while educating laboratory professionals in resource-limit- es halfway around the world. As last season’s devastating hur- ed countries, are all part of the bigger challenge of providing bet- ricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico showed, events such as ter health assets and services to those in need. Myriad factors these can have a big impact on patient care, and it is clear that no influence global health today, and as a Society we are committed matter where the event happens, there is no such thing as too to being a positive influence. Since 2004, ASCP has participated much preparedness. In her article, “Is Your Laboratory Ready for in PEPFAR, and as a leading organization that supports labora- Hurricane Season?” author Kelly Swails talks to laboratory ad- tory quality improvement, we have helped move the needle on ministrators about how to best prepare a laboratory for potential health systems in developing countries, building sustainable, de- natural disasters. Instrument failures, staffing issues, and power liverable systems. failures are just a few of the concerns laboratory profession- als might encounter. But most important to note is that, as Ms. Global health today versus how it presented in 2004 has changed Swails writes, “hurricane and disaster preparedness starts years beyond recognition. In this issue of Critical Values, we look at before an event and never truly stops.” what’s on the horizon of global health. As we continue to advance our stake in global health, we do so New and evolving technology plays a big part in the advancement knowing that global health is local health, and what one person of the laboratory, and nowhere is that seen or felt as much as in benefits from, so do we all. While miles and oceans may sepa- resource-limited countries. Dr. Timothy Amukele and colleagues rate us, providing high-quality healthcare and laboratory services looked at a novel way to improve laboratory services in remote unites us, always making us StrongerTogether. areas: drones. In a Q&A with Dr. Amukele, he discusses the re- sults and implications of using drones to transport chemistry and Thank you for your continued support of ASCP. Please send me hematology samples over long distances. The results of their test your comments and suggestions at Blair.Holladay@ascp.org. were impressive, and he emphasizes that validation studies such My very best to each of you. as this are much needed because, “eventually drones are going to be everywhere, we can’t just adopt this technology assuming Dr. Holladay is CEO of ASCP. it’s okay for everything.” Like ASCP on Facebook at /ASCP.Chicago In her article, “Four Technologies That Can Improve Global Follow me on Twitter @Blair_Holladay Health,” senior editor Molly Strzelecki looks at new and emerging Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/criticalvalues/article-abstract/11/2/3/4935014 ©American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2018. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org April 2018 | critical values 3 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 16 March 2018
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