Building a lab or modernizing? Don’t forget the following March 2019—Building a new pathology lab or revamping an existing one gives laboratory decision-makers an opportunity to rethink information technology infrastructure and address persistent problems, plan for new technology, and improve processes.Read More »
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February 2019—Digital pathology RFPs: from the questions to selections: To those who request the information and those who supply the information, requests for proposal, better known as RFPs, can be groanworthy. Yet laboratories planning to purchase a digital pathology system for clinical use should seriously consider going through the painstaking process, even if their institutions don’t require it, says Liron Pantanowitz, MD, vice chair of pathology informatics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.Read More »
January 2019—Virtual tumor board platforms: a game changer for cancer case review: If Suneal Jannapurredy, MD, had been able to read the patient’s outside radiology report prior to breast tumor board, he would have re-examined the gross specimen to determine whether, as the other providers were now telling him, there was a second area of focus he hadn’t included in his presentation.Read More »
How Henry Ford core lab uses bottom-up communication November 2018—When Henry Ford Health System started planning its core laboratory’s automation line four years ago, aware that it needed to take Lean to the next level, it enlisted frontline laboratory employees in a development process that used the strategies of Hoshin Kanri and kaizen. Read more.Read More »
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 »