Archive for October, 2009

Patients see benefits of e-mail and web communications — if free

| October 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

By: Ron Rajecki InfoTech Bulletin   Patients are willing to use e-mail and physicians’ websites to communicate with their doctors in an effort to save time, as long as they do not have to pay for the ability, according to results of a survey recently released by Lightspeed Research. More than half of the 1,000 respondents said […]

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Investigators say better techniques, equipment may be enhancing colonoscopies

| October 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

WebMD (10/27, Doheny) reported that "colonoscopy is getting more accurate, thanks to better techniques and equipment." For example, Baylor investigators evaluated "a disposable device that is passed through the instrument channel of a standard colonoscope, called the Third Eye Retroscope (TER), which gives physicians a better look at the lesions they may miss with standard […]

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Panel of experts discusses future of personalized medicine

| October 27, 2009 | 0 Comments

Medscape (10/26, Beals) reported, "Leaders in human genetics looked to the future of personalized medicine and ways to translate genetics research into healthcare practice" during a medical conference panel discussion. Specifically, investigators "described advances in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and the genetic aspects of risk-taking behavior, medication effects, and patient response to genetic test results." […]

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Digital Pathology: What Will We Learn From Radiology

| October 26, 2009 | 0 Comments

The FDA Hematology and Pathology devices advisory panel, who discussed whole slide imaging (WSI) and its use for primary diagnosis in surgical pathology last week, will use knowledge learned from FDA regulation of digital radiology to lay the foundation for regulation of WSI systems.

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The FDA States, WSI Systems Are Not Class I Exempt

| October 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

The FDA Hematology and Pathology devices advisory panel meeting, open to the public and being held in Gaithersberg Maryland, began this morning to discuss Whole Slide Imaging (WSI) and its implications when used for primary diagnosis of surgical pathology.

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Watch the ASCP 2009 Leadership Exchange Keynote Address

| October 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

Michael Laposata, MD, PhD, FASCP, Professor of Pathology and Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Pathologist-in-Chief and Director of Clinical Laboratories at Vanderbilt University Hospital, exhorts laboratory professionals to go beyond the performance of the laboratory test to help improve test ordering and interpretation. View the address on YouTube here.  

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Welcome to pathologist blogger Dr. Gregory Henderson

| October 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

The list of pathologist bloggers continues to grow with the start of Primary Care Pathologist by Gregory S. Henderson, MD, PhD from Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, WA where he is President and Partner of Pathology Associates of Kitsap County.  I first heard of Greg long before I met him at the College of American Pathologists (CAP) meeting last […]

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ACR: Use of teleradiology triples from 2003-2007

| October 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

By Erik L. Ridley (AuntMinnie staff writer October 20, 2009) The U.S. market for teleradiology services nearly tripled in size from 2003 to 2007, but the market's torrid growth may already be slowing, according to a study by American College of Radiology (ACR) researchers published in the November issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. Researchers […]

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Philips Enters Digital Pathology Market – 40x scan in 50 seconds

| October 19, 2009 | 0 Comments

As has long been rumored, prior to CAP last week, Philips announced it is developing a digital pathology soultion.  Had a chance to speak with several folks from Philips at the meeting and see a protoype of the scanner on the exhibit floor as shown below.   At first glance, the instrument has a large footprint but […]

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Digital Pathology Consultants, LLC Offers Assistance to Digital Pathology Consumers

| October 19, 2009 | 0 Comments

A new company offering consultative services to consumers of digital pathology has been started by Amanda Lowe who has over 10 years experience with sales and product support within the digital pathology industry.  This press release appeared on the company website today: Broomfield, CO October 19, 2009 – The number of companies offering digital pathology […]

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PathXchange Establishes Case Editorial Board

| October 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

There are likely hundreds of thousands of pathology images available online for every organ system and thousands of diseases.  Some of the earliest examples of this include Pathweb from the University of Connecticut, Webpath from the University of Utah and the Case of the Month for both anatomic and clinical pathology from the Department of Pathology […]

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FDA Digital Pathology Panel Announcement – Gaithersburg Hilton Oct 22-23

| October 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Meeting announcment abridged from Federal Register Notice. While the time has come and gone for submissions to the panel, the hearings are open to the public. Name of Committee: Hematology and Pathology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. General Function of the Committee:  To provide advice and recommendations to the agency on FDA's […]

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As Fast As Glass – Thoughts from CAP ’09

| October 15, 2009 | 0 Comments

Back from an excellent CAP meeting that was held in Washington, DC.  It was a bit of a homecoming for me – returning to DC for the first time in nearly 5 years after living and practicing there for almost 10. As much as fan of tele-everything and distance communication as anyone, there is still high […]

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White House taps social media for health reform input

| October 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

As we all know, politics and social media are becoming inextricably entwined. Legislators tweet their opinions daily on Twitter, candidates establish Facebook fan pages touting their positions, and influence groups use these channels and others to sway policymakers and the public on their pet issues. Even given this level of engagement, it's still unusual to […]

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