Apollo and IBM implement pathology PACS solution at SickKids

| July 4, 2007

From Apollo Telemedicine:

"IBM and Apollo PACS Inc. have implemented one of the most comprehensive pathology digital imaging systems in North America, at The Hospital for Sick Children, enabling clinicians to collaborate more efficiently, analyze tissue faster and better diagnose pediatric patients.

With Apollo’s solution, the hospital can consolidate pathology resources and provide access to specialty expertise from anywhere at anytime. The hospital is also testing streaming images back to an operating room for a surgeon and pathologist to collaborate on, in real time, at the point of care. 

The system enables the hospital to capture tissue, sample data and images from digital cameras attached to microscopes and other pathology imaging sources directly. Internet video and audio streaming will also be used, allowing clinicians to look at live, high-resolution images from under a microscope over a network.

The solution provides an easy-to-use application for pathologists to capture and visualize the 100’s of images they collect every day, some containing several megabytes of data. The system allows the user to quickly and easily enter copious amounts of descriptive information that can be used for flagging and image retrieval.

“Digital pathology is more than just high quality images,” said Dr. Glenn Taylor, Head of the Division of Pathology at SickKids. “Addressing key issues of security, ease of use, integration with lab workflow, uptime and adherence to open standards are critical to a successful pathology PACS implementation.”

The implementation uses a secure, open standard format so the digital images can be captured by a variety of devices and accessed and integrated with a variety of systems, including the hospital’s laboratory information system and electronic patient record. The system was installed using Apollo’s PathPACS® enterprise pathology PACS system and runs on IBM storage and hardware technology."

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