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Posted by Robin Weisburger 06/21/2017

Implementing a Digital Pathology System: Are you up for the challenge?

In April, the field of digital pathology achieved a major milestone with the FDA giving clearance to Philips Medical Systems to market its whole slide imaging (WSI) system for primary diagnosis. While a significant step forward, there is still much work to be done before digital pathology (DP) becomes a mainstream technology for clinical use. 

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Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 05/24/2017

Watching time fly by

Tubular adenoma with low grade dysplasia

Growing up as an avid member of the 60’s TV generation, one of my favorite genres included nature shows. In the years long before YouTube, we often arranged our week to be home in time to watch Marlin Perkins’ Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom on Sunday evenings. And of all the spectacular scenery shown, a very specific type of photography captured my imagination – time-lapse video. 

You’ve seen the same amazing footage.  It begins with a barren desert that looks almost choked off from life, with the exclusion of a few scraggly cacti and perhaps a plodding reptile or two.  Next comes the torrential rainstorm, and a vivid rainbow of breathtaking plants seem to blossom out of nowhere.  Clearly, the stunning display was hiding in place all along.  With the “magic” of time-lapse photography, we are given the rare opportunity to view the entire picture from start to finish.

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Posted by Corista 10/18/2016

Who’s looking at your digital atlas?

In the pre-PowerPoint era of the 1980s, armed with a carousel filled with 35mm slides, I traveled the country giving an introductory presentation on ploidy and cell cycle analysis. We now lightheartedly refer to this period as my “What’s a pixel? talk” years. To create the slides, I sketched out the layout for each on a sheet of copy paper, and then faxed them to Houston where a delightful gentleman named Jim would magically create the Kodachromes. This usually involved a phone call or two to talk about colors and fonts, following which Jim would mail the slides to me a week or two later.

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Posted by Corista Marketing 10/04/2016

Optimize your lab’s operations with digital pathology

How can a Digital Pathology Platform help you optimize your laboratory operation?


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Posted by Robin Weisburger 07/21/2016

Use Lean Thinking to Optimize Your QA Workflow



Pathology practices routinely use QA case reviews to detect potential errors and improve the quality of their service. The process of performing case reviews, however, varies not only between practices, but also between pathologists within the same practice. This variation leads to waste, resulting in a difficult to manage and labor-intensive process.

Reduce process waste by standardizing QA reviews using a digital approach. This approach increases throughput and reduces manual steps across your practice including its remote sites. Cases are tracked from their original interpretation through the entire QA review. Remediation actions are documented within the platform and may be exported to the LIS.

The digital platform automatically generates a summary report of all QA results, remediations and performance statistics. Reports are then available for both internal review to monitor trends and regulatory inspections.

The following Infographic demonstrates the improved QA workflow enabled by Corista’s digital pathology platform.

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Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 06/21/2016

What Do Oncologists Think About Digital Pathology?

 

If the dialogue at ASCO this month was any indication, oncologists, who I tremendously respect, actually know about digital pathology.  In many instances their research and/or clinical facilities already use the technology.  Oncologists were familiar with whole slide scanning, image analysis and analytics, and the ability to have cases reviewed quickly without the need to transport glass slides – having seen it successfully used for tumor boards and education in their own institutions. 

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Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 05/19/2015

The Big Miss

Several years ago Tiger Wood’s former golf coach wrote a book with the above title. Among providing glimpses of Tiger’s personal life, his work ethic, practice routines, diet, interaction with his wife, etc… the author of course talks about Tiger’s presence on the golf course, his swing mechanics and level of focus on the course.

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Posted by Robin Weisburger 03/31/2015

Internal & External Pathology Reviews: Streamlining the Process

Cut waste and increase the quality of your pathology service with new technology.

I’m sure you’ve thought about it. Every time a package arrives at your pathology practice, it represents a patient anxiously waiting for results at the other end. 

What would happen if you could significantly reduce the time it takes to return your expert review? How would your practice benefit if you could reduce the costs involved? 

Topics: digital pathology, How To

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 02/17/2015

Pathology Challenges in the Era of Subspecialists

As a medical student/intern/resident in the early to mid-1990s, most of the pathologists I was exposed to in a university/medical center setting were pathologists who were-first and primarily-general pathologists, general surgical pathologists and clinical pathologists. Everyone did everything in terms of surgical pathology subspecialties, with a few notable exceptions (bone marrow examinations and liver biopsies, depending on the nature of the case and the particular pathologist assigned the case). In addition, the staff pathologists I worked with also covered some area of the clinical laboratory and were responsible for any issues referred from house staff during evening and weekend call.

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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.

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