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2018 Issues

Newsbytes

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.

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Put It on the Board

June 2018—FDA clears T2Bacteria panel for detecting sepsis-causing pathogens: T2 Biosystems received market clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for the T2Bacteria panel for the direct detection of bacterial species in human whole blood specimens from patients with suspected bloodstream infections.

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Letters

June 2018—LCIS variants and DCIS: We write in response to the article by Karen Lusky regarding tips to distinguish DCIS from variant forms of LCIS (April 2018). A different question might be: Is it actually important to distinguish these two in situ proliferations?

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Skirting the pitfalls of merging lab results

May 2018—“One of these things is not like the others” is a fun puzzle for kids in the context of Sesame Street. But it can be a vexing informatics challenge when you are managing data entered in fields in a database. For anyone charged with merging outside laboratory results into an institution’s electronic health record alongside results from an in-house laboratory, the differences can generate no end of headaches.

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Teaming up: how one site is managing its complex liver cases

May 2018—It didn’t take long for Heather Stevenson-Lerner, MD, PhD, to grasp one key fact about the liver biopsy cases she was seeing at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston: They were often complicated. UTMB sees plenty of challenging liver cases of its own, says Dr. Stevenson-Lerner, assistant professor of medicine and liver and transplantation pathologist, Department of Pathology.

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Pharmacogenomics advocates make case for wider use

May 2018—Use of pharmacogenomic testing is still limited, despite ample research, the existence of guidelines, and the emerging evidence it can help patients. Panels can be costly and insurance coverage variable, and providers need guidance—from pharmacists, the lab, decision support alerts—in knowing what and when to order and in understanding the results. Plus, patients move.

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From the President's Desk: What we learn from member surveys

May 2018—As a professional society, we want to know what our members need so we can provide services and programs to help them excel. We know that pathology practices are diverse because they have to be—science is never static. We also know that practice settings vary widely. In short, CAP members’ interests and concerns are uncommonly diverse because our field is uncommonly diverse.

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