Innovation labs: different means to the same end October 2018—What’s the best way for a hospital to kill a health care improvement-related idea? Some say (tongue in cheek) send it to committees, meetings, suggestion boxes, or the like.Read More »
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Nebraska informaticians mine and translate genomic data
September 2018—More than five years have elapsed since clinicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center approached the institution’s informatics department with a problem. They wanted to more easily access structured genomic data stored in the EHR system for the diagnosis of cancer patients.
New digital pathology certificate program educates ‘from A to Z’
August 2018—While there’s a lot of buzz about the growth of digital pathology, its steep learning curve is a potential impediment to implementation. Recognizing this, the National Society for Histotechnology, in collaboration with the Digital Pathology Association, launched in May a web-based digital pathology certificate program designed to provide both a broad overview of digital pathology and a deep dive into the details.
July 2018—How a geospacial tracking system is closing the distance at Michigan lab: This summer, when the Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology moves the last of its laboratories to a new campus four-and-a-half miles from the existing University Hospital laboratories in Ann Arbor, it will kick its new PathTrack Lean-influenced real-time geospatial tracking system into high gear. Developing the system, which will monitor an anticipated 6,000 to 10,000 specimens every day, has been “a monumental effort,” says Ulysses J. Balis, MD, director of the health system’s division of pathology informatics.Read More »
June 2018—Electronic device shows promise for identifying pathology specimens: While barcodes and radio-frequency identification are considered the workhorses of pathology specimen identification, a new technology, nearly two decades in the making, may soon get a piece of the action.Read More »
May 2018—Vendor neutral archives: A fit for the pathology lab? Whether the initialism VNA will become as recognizable as the acronym PACS in the pathology field remains to be seen, but pathologists and vendors alike are considering how vendor neutral archives may benefit the pathology lab.Read More »
April 2018—Data-extraction system demonstrates potential for pathology laboratories: Just as parents instill in their children a desire to improve themselves, in part through interactions with others, some software developers are “teaching” their tools to interact and adjust accordingly.Read More »
March 2018—How hospitals use savvy and software as a phishing net: We all know we shouldn’t click on suspicious emails, but suppose you see an email from your department of human resources with an attached document about a new dress code. You open it, thinking “What new dress code?” And now you’ve infected the hospital’s computer system with a virus.Read More »
January 2018—Why pathologists shouldn’t ‘pass the baton’ with IT: It may be tempting to stay in your comfort zone and leave the technology decisions to the information technology experts. But pathologists who abdicate oversight of IT projects within their departments are setting up those projects for failure, says John H. Sinard, MD, PhD, professor of pathology and medical director of pathology informatics at Yale University School of Medicine.Read More »
December 2017—Hospital cyberattack a brief setback with lasting gain: A cyberattack that paralyzed the computer systems at a rural West Virginia hospital last summer could have brought the laboratory’s work to a screeching halt. But that didn’t happen, thanks, in part, to the downtime procedures in place throughout the laboratory and the low-tech nature of the lab’s pathology operations.Read More »