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Posted by Robin Weisburger 12/16/2014

Digital Pathology System Implementation Part 2: Managing the Process

In a previous blog post, we shared key steps to a successful digital pathology system implementation. This is the second article of a two-part series designed to assist you in managing the whole process.

Topics: digital pathology, How To

Posted by Robin Weisburger 12/11/2014

Key Steps to a Successful Digital Pathology System Implementation

A successful digital pathology system implementation depends upon careful planning and commitment. Most pathologists are hesitant to move from the gold standard of glass slides to a digital image-based platform. Today, however, whole-slide scanners can provide high quality images that allow pathologists increased flexibility for case management and collaboration with other pathologists. As the technology continues to grow, digital pathology will soon become the new gold standard. 


This article is the first in a two-part series to aide in the implementation of a digital pathology system. Using a systematic approach and standard project management principles, you can engage your team and keep your project on track. By working through the following steps, you will increase your chances of a successful system implementation within a reasonable timeframe defined by you and your project team. 

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 12/02/2014

How Many Doctors Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?

Change?
Why would we want to do that?
 
In 1993, George Halvorsan, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente from 2002-2013, wrote in his book Strong Medicine:
 
"Rather than taking an overall leadership role in the continuous improvement of the health care delivery system, too many medical professionals either ignore the problems of the system in order to concentrate in their own specific practices or focus their energies and talents on protecting the status quo."
 

Topics: Pathology

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