Interoperability is a must for clinical and economic utility


Interoperability, besides , regulatory paths, ROIs and efficiency, is usually regarded as one of the major challenges to overcome adoption and implementation of DP. 

Imagine a platform where patients can interact, see their data including their own samples on a screen. And the expert pathologist working remotely explains where s/he had abnormalities identified, what tests were done and why within the last 24hrs after the biopsy was taken. The treating physician is explaining, based on these results, what treatments are possible and is pulling up data from digital twins or similar like cases to identify optimal management with estimated timelines and costs.

This is a different way of care delivery: personalized approach and targeted to the specific cause effect and possible cure for THIS patient within a short time window. 

When decices can work within any system, this is no longer something we have to imagine, it could become reality. 

During this panel meeting we would like to open the discussion that interoperability across the health care system is a must to optimize clinical utility and economic utility. 


  1. Understand needs of interoperability
  2. Understand Clinical and Economic Utility
  3. Understand shift from volume to value based care


Presented by:


Esther Abels Headshot 2023Esther Abels, MSc


SolarisRTC LLC


Esther Abels, CEO SolarisRTC LLC, challenges the status quo to accelerate bringing innovative, emerging products to patients, globally by sharing her Regulatory, Clinical, Quality, IVD and Pharma knowledge gained over the last 25 years. She drives efforts for clarifying regulatory paths, reimbursement in DP by collaborating with different Pathology Associations, Health Care Providers, Government and Payers. In 2022 she was the president for the Digital Pathology Association, and has chaired its Regulatory and Standards Taskforce, and co-founded the Pathology Innovation Collaborative Community.


John Groth, MD


NorthShore Edward Elmhurst Health


John Groth, M.D., is a pathologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem, where he is currently the director of informatics, innovation and technology and leading the efforts of a transition to a digital workflow with the incorporation of artificial intelligence, for primary anatomic pathology clinical work and establishing a pathology clinic. He is currently: a member of the Digital Pathology Association's Regulatory & Standards Task Force, a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology's Patient Champions Committee, a member of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Digital Health Committee, vice president of the Illinois Society of Cytotechnology, and treasurer of the Chicago Pathology Society. Dr. Groth has been recognized for his academic, educational, mentorship and scholarly efforts and is passionate about the betterment of patient care and pathology practice for improved outcomes.


Heather King, MBA

DHSc Candidate

Global Director of Strategic Success

The Center For Genomic Interpretation


Heather King has over 25 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry - including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Bristol-Myers Squibb to name a few, as well as genetic and genomic lab companies - Myriad Genetics, Invitae, Caris Life Sciences, Biotheranostics and more - within sales, sales leadership and sales training. With a strong patient focus and determination for improving patient care and outcomes, she joined the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Center For Genomic Interpretation in 2021 as the Global Director of Customer Success. She has also been the Education Director of Hope Abounds Cancer Network for almost a decade. Through her advocacy efforts, Heather’s ultimate vision is for precision medicine to truly be precise for every patient.


Eric Merchant

System AVP, Information Technology

NorthShore - Edward-Elmhurst Health






Alexander Sicular

Head of Digital Pathology



Alexander started his career in healthcare at Columbia University Medical Center as a Director of Medical Informatics, where he worked to merge the best of healthcare with modern technology. While at Columbia, Alexander developed various clinical and integrated data systems to enhance experiences in patient care, operations, research and quality. After leaving Columbia, Alexander engaged customers across industries as an expert in relational and non-relational distributed databases systems on behalf of two big data startups.

Currently serving as Google Cloud's Head of Digital Pathology, Alexander leads Google Cloud's efforts to accelerate adoption of digital pathology globally. In this role, Alexander shapes Google's broader digital pathology strategy to help as many people, in as many places get access to modern digital pathology capabilities as quickly as possible.