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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 Dr. Keith Kaplan and Liz Wingard 07/31/2014

Is Telepathology Poised for a Giant Leap Forward?

Current technologies can enable real time access to expert pathology specialists for expert case review and are particularly valuable for patients in areas where specialists are in short supply. But other barriers to widespread adoption of these technologies remain. One of the key issues that must be addressed to spur that adoption is remote licensing for specialists.  

Topics: digital pathology, Telemedicine, Telepathology

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 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

Posted by Elizabeth Wingard 06/05/2014

Corista Receives Frost & Sullivan’s Product Innovation Award

According to the College of American Pathologists (CAP) 2013 data, approximately 80 percent of the world’s pathologists are based in the United States. This concentration causes an increased need to access, share, and diagnose images remotely.

Topics: digital pathology, Studies/Reports, News