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Posted by Eric Wirch and Robin Weisburger 09/10/2019

Image Management and LIS Integration — A Comprehensive Package for Improved Case Review

 

Access to healthcare services is in the midst of a fundamental change. Independent community hospitals and academic health centers are consolidating into larger networks across the nation. Furthermore, these networks are also developing global affiliations and partnerships to increase access to diagnostic care worldwide. As a result, patient point-of-service, laboratory services and the professional review of a case may exist in independent locations, sometimes spread over large geographic distances. Pathology department transformations embody this shift.

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Posted by Robin Weisburger 08/29/2019

Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards: Improving Patient Outcomes, Locally and Globally

Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards (MTBs) are a standard of practice in all academic medical centers. Studies show that they contribute to improved diagnoses and treatment plans and often lead to improved patient outcomes.1 Moreover, these conferences provide valuable real-life education and training to residents and fellows in all represented disciplines.

Historically, pathologists have encountered unique challenges when participating in MTBs. Even with access to digital images for their presentations, the images are often time consuming to attain and in a static image format. Navigation to other regions of interest within the slide is often not possible, and the patient’s case data is usually in a separate lab information system (LIS). Assembling the case, often in Powerpoint, is time consuming, limiting and frustrating.

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Posted by David C. Wilbur, M.D. 08/06/2019

Interfaces – A Poorly Understood Limitation to the Adoption of Digital Pathology

Authored by:

David C. Wilbur, M.D.
Chief Scientist, Corista LLC
Professor of Pathology Emeritus
Harvard Medical School

The microscope has been around for hundreds of years and has reached a plateau of efficiency. Certainly, in my own practice over the last 40 years, the physical process of microscopy has not changed. I still use today the microscope I bought as a resident. Sure, some advances have been made, like tilting heads and automatic turret changes, but these are designed to prevent chronic issues, such as neck and back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, respectively. They have little to do with the daily efficiency of the process.

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Posted by Robin Weisburger 07/17/2018

Make Your Surgical Case Reviews Work for You

Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) activities in anatomic pathology are embedded into the daily work. These efforts are put into place to assist with error reduction and prevention and for improved patient safety. No one denies their value.

Topics: Digital Pathology, Management

Posted by Robin Weisburger 03/20/2018

The Future is Now. Get Digital!

Digital pathology has played a role in laboratory workflows for decades. Early use of static images for teaching and tumor boards has grown to include today’s clinical applications including remote assisted fine needle aspirations and frozen sections and the use of whole slide images (WSI) for expert consultations and quality assurance (QA).

Topics: Digital Pathology, Management

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.

Topics: Digital Pathology

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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