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Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer

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Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 11/19/2014

Managing Your Risk

All the recent news about Ebola has likely left no laboratorian unscathed in terms of preparing for the worst – caring for a suspected or confirmed case of the disease - and the necessary laboratory procedures, equipment, disposal and personal protective equipment to consider. 

 
Many of us are likely considering these issues for the first time, or revisiting them if you are one of us who lived through the anthrax attacks of September, 2001. Lab readiness - from safety hoods, to training and resources, have all been called into question. Realistically, most of us do not have the personnel, training or equipment to deal with this type of scenario.

Topics: Risk

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 10/07/2014

The Digitization and Democratization of Healthcare

Two weeks ago, healthcare news headlines and Twitter made hundreds of thousands of references to Dr. Eric Topol’s keynote address at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 conference. For a review of Dr. Topol’s thoughts and comments, click here.  

Topics: digital pathology, Healthcare

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 09/23/2014

Robo-Pathologist Will Still Require Human Intervention

I read with interest a recent article entitled “If A Computer Can Diagnose Cancer, Will Doctors Become Obsolete?”. The discussion in the article has several purely economic points and focus, but what caught my eye of course was being made obsolete by a computer!  

Topics: digital pathology, Pathology

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 09/11/2014

Kimberly’s Story and the Power of Pathology 2.0

Today, Keith Kaplan posted the following blog on his tissuepathology.com site. We are reposting here because we couldn’t agree more. The honest, candid response to client issues, listening hard, takes courage. Making amends, moving forward more forcefully addressing that which was missing, takes leadership and enormous courage. We have to ask it of ourselves, for the benefit of clients and patients. That courage can be inspirational, for us all. Thanks Keith.

Topics: digital pathology, Pathology

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 09/04/2014

Disruptive, Enabling, or Standard of Care

An old (-er, I mean experienced) pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon once told me, “The heart is not a music box, it is a pump, why should I use a stethoscope to listen to it?” An experienced neurosurgeon once told me, “Neurologists are the tool we used to use before the CT scan” and a critical care intensivist friend has reminded me several times of the value of a stethoscope when you have arterial blood gases, central venous pressure monitoring, and ventilator settings you can adjust for optimum care.  

Topics: digital pathology, Pathology, digital imaging

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 08/26/2014

Why Are More Physicians Choosing Startups?

Some time ago I came across some videos and a TED talk by Dr. Zubin Damania aka ZDoggMD. Born of Indian parents, educated at the finest colleges, medical schools and residencies, he felt his career had hit a wall. He felt he wasn’t making the impact he’d planned to when he first entered the medical field as a physician. So Dr. Damania transformed himself into an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and social media cult figure.

Topics: digital pathology, Healthcare, Startups

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 08/05/2014

It’s 2 AM – Do You Know Where Your Pathologist Is?

A friend of mine recently put me on to some old, and not so old, articles about radiology services being outsourced, including this story entitled “Who’s Reading Your X-Ray?" in The New York Times, published more than a decade ago, and another article a few years old from NBC News entitiled “Is a doctor reading your X-rays? Maybe not”.

Topics: digital pathology, Radiology, Telemedicine, outsourcing

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 07/22/2014

Capacity or Lean? Maintaining Margins at Expense of Timely Service and Quality

For my nearly 30 years of working in health care - in some form or another – I’ve repeatedly heard one guiding principle: run lean. What does that mean? Lean methodologies have been applied and adapted across just about every type of industry. Banking, construction, health care, government, manufacturing, engineering, design, back office administration and more. It is not just for the more "industrial" sectors; it can and has been applied across a diverse range of industries. There are lean programs for supply chain, administration, management, product development, manufacturing and others.

Topics: digital pathology

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 07/01/2014

1st of July: Moving Up Over Black Coffee

I arrived for my away rotation early. I was scheduled to be at the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore for the month of July. My first rotation of second year of residency would be spent away from the gross bench and chemistry analyzers. The month was actually fine with me – the OCME office handled deaths from all over the state of Maryland including Baltimore city and county, so there would be a mix of the usual inner city homicides, suicides, drug-related deaths, as well as farming, motor vehicle, and boating accidents at the peak of summer in Maryland. And the OCME was walking distance to Oriole Park and Camden Yards and the Orioles were scheduled to play nearly 20 games that month at home. One of the best smelling ball parks in the country would offset the smells of decomposing bodies pulled from the water or burning buildings. 

Topics: Pathology

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 06/19/2014

What is a Pathology Consultation? When is it Used?

Pathologists frequently mention “I consulted on this” or “I sent this case off to a consultant” or “We were consulted about…”. But what does it mean? It is frequently puzzling for clinicians or patients. Does that mean my tissue specimen went to another laboratory? Does that mean slides or images from my case were seen outside the institution? Who gets consulted? Who pays for this?

Topics: digital pathology, How To