PATHOLOGY VISIONS 2014 PRESENTER
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: Toby C. Cornish, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins University. He is the Associate Director of Pathology Informatics and Co-director of Image Analysis for the Oncology Tissue Services Laboratory. He has a longstanding interest in imaging and image analysis and in software development for education and research. He has contributed to a number of software packages, including TMAJ/FrIDA, Pip, and several medical education apps. One of these apps, The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Pancreatic Pathology received the 2012 Dr. Frank Netter Award for Special Contributions to Medical Education and has been downloaded over 30,000 times in more than 85 countries. In 2014 he received the Educational Innovation Award from the Institute for Excellence in Education for his work in educational mobile apps. He serves on the College of American Pathology's Digital Pathology Committee and continues to promote digital pathology for education, research and teleconsultation.