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Facing the Digital Future of Pathology

Digital pathology is making its presence felt all over the world. For some pathologists, it’s life; for others it is something to be viewed with skepticism.

Earlier this year England’s National Health Service (NHS) published an overview of its National Pathology Program: “Digital First: Clinical Transformation through Pathology Innovation”(1). The document sets out how healthcare could apply new technology to help meet increasing demand, which is particularly pertinent for a health system that is financially stressed. Jo Martin (national clinical director of pathology for NHS England, and professor of pathology at Queen Mary University of London) prefaces by stating, “Pathology is leading the way in the use of digital technology, with the automated disciplines at the leading edge.” Martin highlights how, in her own practice, technology has had a huge impact on improving communications, procedures, workload and quality.

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Iestyn Armstrong-Smith

Iestyn Armstrong-Smith is Commissioning Editor at Texere Publishing. For around 20 years, he’s been reporting on the impact of industry on the environment and how technology and processes can help bring about beneficial changes. His first editorial post was assistant editor, followed by a promotion to associate editor on LC-GC International. Since then, Iestyn has held senior editorial and management roles for a specialist commercial, scientific, technical marketing and communications company that focuses on the gas, oil and petrochemical industries; a publishing house for market-leading industrial IT magazines; and an educational publisher. “For the last seven years, I ran my own freelance writing business,” says Iestyn.

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