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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 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

Posted by Elizabeth Wingard 05/29/2014

Pursuit of Overseas Business is FAQ in Digital Pathology Conversations

In nearly every conversation we have with major hospital centers and pathology labs, the question comes up about how to initiate 2nd opinion pathology referrals from outside the US. Everybody wants to know: how can we work with China…or India…or other areas of the world where pathology is dramatically underserved? Most US expert centers have a healthy referral business, with slides arriving via mail and FedEx daily/weekly. Going digital in pathology would provide the means to increase referral business by streamlining and accelerating the process, from image acquisition to diagnostic report. 

Topics: digital pathology

Posted by Elizabeth Wingard 05/22/2014

Is Young Blood the Key to Solving Serious Health Challenges?

Bella Lugosi is famously quoted as saying, “I vant to suck your blood.” Maybe he was ahead of his time along with the Twilight crew. Three new papers published a few weeks ago in Nature Medicine and Science show exciting implications on reversing aging in studies of blood exchanges between young and old mice. The studies found that infusing the blood of younger mice into older mice rejuvenated their muscles and brains. The opposite appears to hold true too – infusing blood from older mice into younger mice accelerated the aging process. 

Topics: Studies/Reports

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 Elizabeth Wingard 05/13/2014

Pathology Perspective on New HPV Test for Cervical Cancer

There are a lot of stories being written about the human papilloma virus (HPV) test that has been approved by the FDA as a primary screening tool for cervical cancer. We decided to check in with one of the leading cytopathologists in the U.S., Dr. David Wilbur, Director of Pathology Imaging (and former Director of Cytopathology), at Massachusetts General Hospital to get his perspective.

Topics: News

Posted by Elizabeth Wingard 05/06/2014

Digital Pathology System Goes Live in UK – One of First in Europe

It’s interesting to look beyond the U.S. to see how global digital pathology adoption is progressing. After a three month test pilot last year (with more testing over the next ten months), University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has launched a digital pathology system across its facility with the Omnyx Integrated Digital pathology system from GE Healthcare.

Topics: digital pathology, News

Posted by Elizabeth Wingard 04/30/2014

Who Says Pathologists Don't Have a Sense of Humor?

Pathologists, particularly forensic pathologists and medical examiners, seem to provoke endless curiosity from Hollywood television writers. The pathology fascination can be seen in shows throughout the years like Quincy ME, Body of Proof, Rizzoli and Isles, and the CSI shows:

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: