PATHOLOGY VISIONS 2014 PRESENTER
  


Lewis A. Hassell, MD

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
DPA Board of Directors

Presenting:
Is In-Sourcing for Me? -- Selection and Implementation of a Digital Pathology Consultation Platform


Abstract: Whole slide imaging (WSI) is accelerating the potential to provide powerful solutions for domestic and international consultation, via an enhanced all-digital anatomic pathology workflow. Deployment of these tools for consultation requires understanding of the business, cultural, 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 limited technical background or operational experience. This session assembles 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 these users. This workshop will address the above unmet need, with specific coverage of areas unique to selecting the tools and implementing a digital consult services. There will be discussion of building a home-crafted solution compared to buying a solution off the shelf or using a third party teleconsultation network. These approaches will be discussed from the viewpoints of motivation, cost, implementation requirements, LIS integration and workflow.. The workshop will conclude with a walk-through exercise of the process of implementing and using a complete consult solution, pointing out common pitfalls and oversights with interactive demonstrations from the major products in this space. Panel discussion with Q&A will supplement didactic presentations.


Biography: Dr. Hassell is currently Director of Anatomic Pathology and holds the Professor of Excellence chair in the Department of Pathology, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. He previously practiced pathology with Dahl Chase Pathology Associates in Maine, and prior to that in Northern California. He received his pathology training at Massachusetts General Hospital and his medical degree from the University of Utah. He has been a frequent visitor and consultant to colleagues in Vietnam and helped to facilitate humanitarian and medical development projects there for 20 years. He is currently the President of the CAP Foundation, seeking to connect the skills of pathologists with underserved populations. With the APF, he has served on the board and as program chair, also helping with annual meeting programming for ASCP. His research interests include process improvements, laboratory management, pathology education, cytopathology, and quality improvements, as well as development of pathology in resource poor environments.











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