This has been discussed for some time; the integration of whole slide images with LIS information to optomize workflow. It is another step towards complete adoption of digital pathology.
It is encouraging to see leading whole slide and LIS vendor work on an interface between their products and will allow easier integration of imaging and reporting between their systems, bringing workflow into a single point as Dr. Asa explains below.
Abbreviated press release:
Vista, CA – February 11, 2009 – Aperio Technologies, Inc., (Aperio), a global leader in digital pathology for the healthcare and life sciences industry, and Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN), a leading supplier of healthcare information technology, announced today the development of an interface between Spectrum™, Aperio’s digital pathology information management system, and the Cerner CoPathPlus®, pathology laboratory information system (LIS). The interface is designed to optimize workflow and facilitate access of digital slide images and case data between the two systems. The new technology was recently displayed at the APIII annual conference on Pathology Informatics and Diagnostic Imaging at the Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“Our relationship with Aperio will provide more efficient access and management of digital slide images, and will further enhance and differentiate the Cerner CoPathPlus solution for the anatomic pathology community,” said Susana Coelho, Cerner CoPathPlus director. “Digital access to whole-slide image data is a significant innovation, saving pathologists and laboratory professionals a vast amount of time and expense.”
“Integrating Spectrum with the CoPathPlus solution allows pathologists to archive, analyze and examine slides digitally while also accessing the demographic, clinical history and other relevant information available in the LIS,” said Sylvia Asa, Pathologist-in-Chief at the University Health Network in Toronto. “This consolidates the pathologists’ workflow into a single access point, bringing efficiencies and scalability, and is an exciting advancement in pathology informatics.”
Aperio’s digital pathology solutions enable users to achieve greater efficiency and cost savings by improving workflow processes and expanding data access, integration and reporting capabilities. Aperio’s patented linear array-based ScanScope® slide scanning and Spectrum information management software enable the viewing, analysis and management of digital slides and other images in a secure multi-user, multi-site environment, from anywhere, anytime. The interface with the CoPathPlus solution will provide advanced imaging capabilities to their current pathology image capture system.