PATHOLOGY VISIONS 2014 PRESENTER
Abstract: Whole slide imaging (WSI) is accelerating in its potential to provide powerful solutions for enhanced all-digital anatomic pathology workflow including the use of these tools for consultation. Deployment of these tools for consultation may require understanding of the regulatory as well as technology issues. The process of selecting and implementing a WSI platform/solution for consultations may be a daunting task in settings where pathologists involved in the selection process have insufficient technical background and operational experience. There is significant merit in assembling a collection of current best practices, which are based upon the broad experiential input from actual first-adopters and the vendors which are continually building solutions for the users. This workshop will address the above unmet need, with specific coverage of areas unique to selecting and implementing a digital consult services. There will be discussion of building a home-brewed solution as compared to buying a solution from a vendor. An example cost analysis of the purchase and implementation of a platform with the associated costs of the infrastructure necessary to operate the digital pathology consult service will be illustrated. Finally, the workshop will conclude with a walk-through exercise of the process of implementing a complete consult solution, pointing out common pitfalls and oversights with interactive demonstrations from some of the vendors in this space.
Biography: Anil Parwani is a Professor of Pathology and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as the Director of Division of Pathology Informatics, Department of Pathology. Dr. Parwani has sub-speciality training in Genitourinary Pathology and is a member of the GU and Informatics Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsurgh. His pathology practice is focused in GU and he has research interests in benign mimickers and unusual variants of prostate carcinoma, diagnostic and prognsostic markers in GU pathology, and molecular classification of renal cell carcinoma. Dr. Parwani has expertise in the area of Anatomical Pathology Informatics including design of effective quality assurance tools, tissue banking informatics, clinical and research data integration and mining, synoptic reporting in anatomical pathology, clinical applications of whole slide imaging, digital imaging, telepathology, image analysis and lab automation and workflow processes such as barcoding and voice recognition. Dr. Parwani has published extensively and has authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles in major scientific journals as well as numerous book chapters and is also the editor of several books. He currently serves as one of the editor-in-chief of Journal of Pathology Informatics and as a Section Editor for the Archives of Pathology and Lab Medicine.