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HSS is 1st in US to roll out integrated clinical diagnostics in pathology

Health Imaging reports HSS has become the first U.S. hospital to implement integrated clinical diagnostics with the launch of a digital pathology solution that unites pathology images and reports with electronic medical record data and radiology images across the enterprise.

The HSS clinical and IT teams piloted the integration of the Leica high-resolution microscope slide scanner, the Pathology Laboratory Information System (Epic/Beaker) and enterprise image management via the Sectra Digital Pathology Solution. Allowing surgeons, radiologists, and other physicians to view high-resolution digital images of scanned microscope slides can significantly improve patient care, explained Thomas W. Bauer, MD, PhD, pathologist-in-chief at HSS, who led the clinical side of the digital pathology initiative. “Access to digital pathology images, side by side with radiology images on the same enterprise-wide PACS, enables correlation between different types of studies and promotes efficient discussion about complicated cases,” he noted.

“Utilizing digital pathology for primary diagnosis needs to be a shared passion of pathology and IT,” said Inderpal Kohli, assistant vice president, IT Clinical Applications at HSS, who first presented this vision to HSS leadership in 2017. “For patients with multiple surgeries and multiple pathology cases, physicians can see the progression or the difference. It’s a time saver and offers better efficiency so the physicians appreciate that,” he added.

Read the full article at Healthimaging.com.

Additional coverage: Crainsnewyork.com/health-pulse, Beckersspine.com