Digital pathology has been embraced by cellular pathology; but laboratories need to think beyond just a scanner and storage, explains Jake Morrow. To be fully utilised the new technology needs to be backed up with laboratory information systems with enhanced features to help drive quality workflow and support clinical integrated reporting.
Digital pathology is the acquisition, management, sharing, and integration of pathology information in an electronic environment. Its advance is particularly evident in cellular pathology, where the traditional glass slide is digitised.
Cellular pathology laboratories in the UK have gone digital, are going digital, or are looking at a business case for change. There has been national support and funding for the switch, and laboratories have embraced the opportunity to improve reporting efficiency. This is great news as there is a national shortage of pathologists to meet the current workload. However, efficiency is only realised if there is a digital pathology adoption at the system level.
Not just a scanner and storage
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