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Digital pathology, or the act of digitizing glass slides and leveraging the digital images in new ways, offers numerous benefits for pathologists and the future practice of pathology. A more efficient workflow is, in fact, just the beginning of the myriad benefits involved in what Inspirata® calls PathologyNEXT®.
Consider the opportunity for improved diagnostic capability and insights that can lead to better and more accurate treatment for patients. As the practice of pathology moves further into the digital era, countless benefits will be discovered and applied to enhance how you work and how patients are diagnosed and treated.
It has been shown that pathologists currently spend time inefficiently accessing data systems to get the patients’ diagnostic and clinical information. When incorporated into the workflow, Inspirata’s Diagnostic Cockpit provides all of the information from disparate data systems within the hospital network on a single monitor. This decreases the time it takes to gather this information. In addition, Inspirata’s Cockpit enables pathologists to order molecular substyping tests and receive reports from both internal and external molecular labs, which also reduces time.
With Inspirata’s Digital Pathology Cockpit, pathologists can share cases and slides instantly; reviewing the same slide at the same time and using a chat window to communicate with colleagues in real time. This decreases interruptions and wasted movement from office to office. Furthermore, prior to primary diagnosis, pathologists may pre-select representative slides for teaching sets and tumor boards simply by dragging and dropping the image thumbnail into the appropriate folder on their screen. This decreases the time spent looking for and selecting slides for these frequent and recurring tasks.
Using pre-screening computer algorithms, cases with slides that have been flagged for cancer will show up at the top of the case list, essentially triaging your case load for the day. Once pathologists begin examining individual slides for a case, areas of the digital images will be annotated if a malignancy or abnormal cell cluster has been detected (e.g., in breast cancer lymph nodes). This annotation will bring the pathologist’s eye directly to potential macromets, micromets or isolated tumor cells, making case review faster and more focused on diagnosing vs. spending time searching for abnormalities.
Finally, Inspirata’s Digital Pathology Cockpit includes preliminary and final diagnostic reports, QA reports and synoptic reports. Having the ability to pull information from the other systems directly into these reports, add images and use voice-to-text when entering findings will minimize the amount of time pathologists spend typing or revisiting the same case after transcription.
These are just a few examples of how Inspirata’s Digital Pathology Cockpit can be leveraged to enhance pathologists’ efficiency even prior to FDA clearance of Whole Slide Imaging for primary diagnosis. Post-primary diagnosis clearance, pathologists can realize additional benefits. Consider load-balancing caseloads between pathologists regardless of the individual’s physical location, or decreasing the time it takes to make cases available by eliminating the need to transport of glass slides.
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