Going Digital: Can Everything In Pathology Be Consolidated?
Digital pathology is not a magic wand; it must be carefully considered – just like any other process improvement
Jane Rendall | | Longer Read
Digital pathology is a key enabler of transformation and consolidation in pathology. But how far should we take the laboratory out of the hospital? Jane Rendall reflects on a conversation with a cellular pathologist that might make healthcare leaders pause and think about consolidation strategies.
With digital transformation at the top of the healthcare agenda, it can be easy to think that technology can solve the problems the laboratory faces. Just digitize and then everything becomes easier, faster, and better connected – right?
That’s certainly a possibility. As managing director in an imaging company engaged in regional digital pathology programs around the world, I could describe plenty of real-world benefits digitization can deliver. From being a precursor to the application of artificial intelligence to supporting faster diagnoses and allowing instant access to opinions and reporting capacity from pathologists who might be many miles away, digital pathology has enormous potential. And, as pathology services remain under pressure to restructure, regionalize, and consolidate, digitization provides a means to help reshape structures in which services have been historically isolated in a single organization.
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