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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 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 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 05/06/2014

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 Elizabeth Wingard 04/22/2014

Give Power to the Pathologists in Digital Pathology

When you boil it down to the bones, digital pathology needs to do one thing: make life easier for pathologists. Their role involves supporting physicians and patients across many institutions, geographies and hardware. They need to integrate all they do with their LISs. The end result has to be a better, faster, smarter, and easier to use workflow environment.

Topics: digital pathology

Posted by Elizabeth Wingard 04/02/2014

Digital Pathology - The Incremental Push and Pull of Change

Major changes rarely evolve in a linear fashion. It usually comes down to a group of people pushing forward a new model while another group holds on with both hands to the status quo. Then a small group in the middle plays its role as the bridge to both sides.

Topics: digital pathology

Posted by Elizabeth Wingard 02/21/2014

Medical Tourism and Digital Pathology – what does one have to do with the other?

Maybe not much, but it got us thinking. There has been some buzz lately about medical tourism funneling revenues away from US hospitals to overseas providers that offer popular procedures at lower cost.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that up to 750,000 US residents travel abroad to get care each year, while other sources put the number at closer to a million. The most common procedures sought by US residents in other countries include cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and heart surgery. The impetus for this mini-exodus is the hunt for cheaper medical procedures. 

Topics: digital pathology

Posted by Elizabeth Wingard 11/26/2013

“We gave up looking at pathology slides a long time ago”

Keith J. Kaplan, MD

                        Carolinas Healthcare System

Charlotte, NC

Imagine, if you will, a left-handed bicycle tire, a right-handed fork or a tumor board without, well, pathology images of the tumor.

Tumor boards are a multi-disciplinary conference where patients (cases) are presented – their clinical history, radiology findings, and pathology findings (whether biopsy or resection material) – are presented to clinicians for discussions on treatment, management, and best patient care.

Topics: digital pathology