Deadline: Friday, July 3, 2020
Dear Pathologists, Trainees, and Lab Professionals,
Although remote sign-out of pathology cases is not uncommon in certain parts of the world (i.e. Europe), it was not allowed in several countries (i.e. the US). In response to the national public health crisis, however, authorities from different countries have temporarily allowed pathologists to review pathology slides remotely**. In addition, some countries have released specific guidelines for the remote use of digital pathology systems. In the US this includes systems that have not been cleared***, meaning primary diagnoses can be rendered from a non-CLIA-licensed site if certain criteria are met. However, these policies are temporary, and will not permit remote sign out post-pandemic.
The Digital Pathology Association (DPA)* continues to advocate for the emergency AND permanent use of remote sign-out. The DPA is proactively working with you, our DPA members, industry partners, and other entities, such as the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Alliance for Digital Pathology to help make a positive impact during this crisis and formulate a path forward.
One key DPA initiative is to gather real world data regarding remote sign-out for primary diagnosis and monitor/displays being used. This data collection will help the DPA and regulators better understand how remote sign out is being conducted and how to best support it moving forward. The overall goal is to:
To help us better prepare for this data collection project, we need YOUR help and urgently request that you complete the brief survey below:
So, what’s in it for you? Why would you want to take 5-10 minutes of your time to complete this survey? Here’s why:
We graciously thank those who have already responded and have extended the DPA survey to Friday, July 3, 2020 to give others the opportunity to participate.
As a reminder, you will have access to the information as the DPA intends to publish the results. We have one common goal; to achieve better patient care and it is our hope that this data will help your institution determine how to best implement digital and computational pathology in your operations, including remote use.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Please feel free to contact us directly should you have any feedback, questions and/or concerns.
*The DPA is a nonprofit organization comprised of Pathologists, scientists, technologists, and industry representatives dedicated to advancing the field of digital pathology
**accessed April 24, 2020
***accessed April 24, 2020:https://www.fda.gov/media/137307/download