Archive for August, 2009

Web site compares cost of health care

| August 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

Need a colonscopy and want to compare prices?  Much like you can compare prices for other goods and services, if you plan on getting those from a Minnesota health care facility, you can see what it costs across the state.  A colooscopy will run you $924 in Duluth compared with $426 in St. Cloud.  This […]

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APIII Meeting – Still time to register

| August 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

It's not too late to register for the 14th annual APIII pathology informatics conference that will be held on September 20-23, 2009, in Pittsburgh. The conference brochure is available on-line as a PDF file. Take a look at it — this event is one of the major highlights of the year in the field and […]

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Introducing the Leica SCN400

| August 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

 Many thanks to a reader for sending along a link to the Leica SCN400 I understand will be shown at ECP 2009 in Florence starting later this week.  Details about the system are scant.  Link to Leica's website about the Leica SCN400 and a video gallery "The Leica SCN400 slide scanner makes work faster, more reliable, […]

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Where’s Mayo Clinic? Oh, Minnesota is in the middle

| August 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago - 6:30 AM phone call This interaction actually happened and reminded me of this New Yorker cartoon about New York and “everything else”. Caller: Dr. Kaplan, this is Mr. So and So from the [name of a government agency].  I am calling to inquire about your interest in reviewing grant submissions.  I […]

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Visit the CAP Foundation Case of the Month

| August 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

The CAP Foundation and CAP Surgical Pathology Committee, in cooperation with Aperio, post a different digitized case each month from the CAP Performance Improvement Program in Surgical Pathology Program (PIP) archives.  As part of the Foundation’s new technologies program, pathologists have an opportunity to navigate a digitized slide of a surgical specimen to diagnose diseases.  […]

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Founder of Kaplan Test Prep, 90, dies

| August 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

Stanley H. Kaplan, 90, who founded the nation's first and largest test preparation company and transformed the way students prepare for higher education, died Aug. 23 of a heart ailment at his home in New York. The Stanley H. Kaplan Co. was sold to The Washington Post Co. in 1984 for $45 million. Its 2008 […]

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Sunquest, Partners HealthCare System and Massachusetts General Hospital Announce Agreement to Co-Develop Next Generation Diagnostic Pathology Solutions

| August 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

There is mention in the press release of Dr. John Gilbertson discussing the LIS of tomorrow at APIII which does not take place until September 20th… Sunquest Information Systems, Inc., a market leader in laboratory and diagnostic information systems, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), an innovator in medical care, research and teaching, and Partners HealthCare System, an […]

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Melanoma diagnosis by FISH

| August 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

Check out Dark Daily's story on FISH-Based Test to Diagnose Melanoma is Goal of Neogenomics. Abbott Laboratories will supply Neogenomics with proprietary probes to develop and commercialize its own FISH-based test for melanoma.

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Pathology Visions 2009, Marriott Hotel and Marina, San Diego, Sept 13-15

| August 25, 2009 | 0 Comments

Don't Miss the Digital Pathology Event of the Year!  5 Key Reasons to Attend Pathology Visions 2009: #1  Attend Dynamic Product and Peer-to-Peer Workshops#2  Interact with Peers at Networking Events#3  Obtain First-hand Knowledge of Industry Advances  #4  View and Discuss Digital Pathology Posters With Authors#5  See the Latest Product Solutions from Leading Digital Pathology Providers REGISTER […]

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White House Announces Conference Call with Physicians at 8:30 PM Eastern

| August 25, 2009 | 0 Comments

Date: Tuesday August 25th Time: 8:30 PM Eastern Participant Call-In Number: 800-230-1096 Hosts: Tina Tchen, Director of the Office of Public Engagement Kavita Patel, Policy Director for the Office of Public Engagement David Simas, White House Communications Office There is no password for the call and it is open to all physicians. Because the White […]

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Aperio Receives Second FDA Clearance for HER2 Image Analysis Application for Breast Cancer

| August 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Tunable Algorithm Improves Results Accuracy VISTA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aperio Technologies, Inc., (Aperio), a global leader in digital pathology for the healthcare and life sciences industry, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the IHC HER2 Breast Tissue Image Analysis application, available through its patented digital pathology platform. Immunohistochemistry is increasingly […]

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United Breaks Guitars – Power of User-generated content

| August 23, 2009 | 0 Comments

Every once in awhile I come across a YouTube video I consider worth sharing.  As the CNN story starts on a related video, anyone who has had baggage lost, misrouted or damaged can relate to, this video is worth seeing if you are not one of the already over 5 million to view.  Information concerning […]

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New Non-Profit Association Unifies Digital Pathology Community

| August 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Digital Pathology Association is now accepting memberships for the 2009-2010 membership year. Benefits include access to workshops and seminars, as well as a registration discount for the Pathology Visions conference. Download DPA application. The Digital Pathology Association (DPA), a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of digital pathology applications in healthcare, announces its formation […]

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61 Gigapixel Image from Biomedical Photometrics

| August 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Check out these images from Biomedical Photometrics, Inc..  The breast image is 61 gigapixels.  You can view up to 20x: http://www.confocal.com/RESOURCES/Breast%20Mastectomy.html I was also impressed by their fluorescence images such as this one: http://www.confocal.com/RESOURCES/Fluocells.html And cytology representation: http://www.confocal.com/RESOURCES/Pap%20Smear.html From their website: Now you can scan a very wide area at very high resolution. At Biomedical Photometrics, […]

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