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Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer

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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

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 06/12/2014

Want to be a better Pathology Director? Get In…and Out of The Lab

In medical school, the pathologists would come to lecture during second year, and while they had their own subspecialty or research interests, they would often tell us “Pathology is a lot of fun. All of the interesting cases in the hospital wind up under the microscope and you are respected among your peers.”

Topics: Pathology, How To

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 05/15/2014

A Digital Pathology Perspective - Welcome to Executive Medicine

The Affordable Care Act and market changes like baby boomers entering their senior years with a decreasing amount of doctors to care for them are driving a mind-blowing rate of change in healthcare. Medical practices, including pathology, will sink or swim based on how they adapt to the new realities.

Topics: digital pathology

Posted by Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer 04/24/2014

Are you part of a team?

The question sounds cliché. Loosely defined, “team” is a group of people who work together, generally toward shared outcomes or goals. Like many, I grew up playing sports during childhood, we rode bikes without helmets, fended for ourselves, got ourselves to little league games and found out when we got into trouble our parents were generally on the side of the school or the coach. Those days are sadly over but the experiences taught me a couple of key life lessons: