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Robin Weisburger

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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. 

Topics: digital pathology

Posted by Robin Weisburger 04/20/2017

CAP Inspection Update: Telepathology and Remote Data Assessment


Telepathology and whole slide imaging have become integrated into pathology laboratories worldwide. With applications in teaching and research well established, it is now recognized that digital pathology has a role in the clinical realm as well. 

Digital pathology provides clear advantages for pathologists’ quality assurance processes and performance evaluations as well as streamlined workflows for consultative expert collaborations and multi-disciplinary tumor boards. With the advancement of artificial intelligence and histopathology analytics, there is no limit to the application of digital techniques to the practice of pathology.

Topics: Studies/Reports

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.

Topics: digital pathology

Posted by Robin Weisburger 02/09/2016

Search – Find the cases & images you need, FAST

Whole slide scanning of pathology slides is becoming more affordable and convenient for building the foundation of a laboratory’s digital pathology service.  

Once you’ve obtained a whole slide scanner and your laboratory has developed an effective workflow for scanning images of pathology slides from your cases, you can store your whole slide images (WSI) on a server making them easily accessible from your laptop or tablet. As your image repository grows, however, finding the images you need becomes a challenge.

Most WSI directories are based on laboratory accession numbers.  When needing to access images to demonstrate certain features, whether for research, teaching, publication, creating digital study sets or other applications, you must first determine which cases will potentially have the images that best demonstrate what you want to show.

Topics: digital imaging

Posted by Robin Weisburger 01/12/2016

Implementing Digital Pathology — A Peer-to-Peer Discussion

At Pathology Visions 2015 Corista hosted a reception featuring guest speaker, Dr. Arief Suriawinata, Chief of Anatomic Pathology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Dr. Suriawinata spoke on “The Dartmouth Experience: Whole Slide Imaging, Workflow and Quality Assurance”.

Dr. Suriawinata noted that while whole slide imaging is here to stay, its implementation is not without challenges in terms of integration, workflow, support, data storage and, last but not least, pathologists’ comfort. He emphasized that the key to successful implementation is a well-designed workflow providing whole slide images (WSI) of excellent quality to pathologists and residents where and when they need them.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s experience using WSI for its quality assurance program and how the program prepares pathologists for the utilization of telepathology generated a lively discussion on today’s key issues in digital pathology.

Topics: Slide Management

Posted by Robin Weisburger 09/22/2015

Telepathology and Inspection Readiness

Telepathology and the use of whole slide images (WSI) are becoming accepted in the practice of pathology on a clinical level. While the use of WSI has not been approved for primary diagnosis, it is now a part of any clinical applications such as quality assurance activities, tumor boards and expert reviews.

To that end, regulators for laboratory accreditation acknowledge the role this technology plays in the laboratory and are now assessing telepathology and whole slide imaging activities accordingly. The attention and focus of inspections are similar to all other laboratory services; the critical elements of well-defined policies and procedures, documented training, and system validation are all expected of digital pathology/telepathology services.

Topics: Pathology

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 Robin Weisburger 02/10/2015

Tumor Board Presentations – Wringing the Waste Out of the Process

Tumor boards were created with worthy objectives in mind – to share knowledge, improve current patient care, and prepare/educate residents & fellows for their future practices. Tumor boards are also a requirement for cancer center accreditation, hence a necessary cost of doing business.

Preparing for tumor boards, however, is too often an onerous task fraught with time delays, rework, and cumbersome, inflexible presentation methods. After your support staff pulls reports, retrieves slides, and brings them to you, do you spend hours photographing and taking notes of the key points you then load into a PowerPoint to present for each case? Do you ever get to your tumor boards and find that another view of the slide might better answer the clinician’s question? 

Posted by Robin Weisburger 02/03/2015

Is Your Slide Management System Wasting Precious Time & Resources?

When reviewing previous slides for your patient’s current case or when preparing for tumor boards, are you spending precious time and resources having your staff retrieve or recut slides? Do slides get lost or damaged causing more delays in your ability to expedite your case? Management of slide and block archives is a challenge for all anatomic pathology laboratories. How can implementing a robust digital pathology program help you make the best use of your time and resources? 

Topics: Slide Management

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