Archive for July, 2012

Lab Tech Charged in Hepatitis C Outbreak

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

(Reuters) Jul 23 – A former lab technician faces charges in connection with a hepatitis C outbreak that reportedly infected dozens of patients at a New Hampshire hospital, authorities said. David Michael Kwiatkowski, 32, is charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product, U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas said this […]

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Roper Buys Sunquest

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Roper Industries Buys Sunquest for $1.4B, Reports 8% Leap in 2Q Profit  After reporting stronger year-over-year quarterly earnings, Roper Industries (ROP: 99.45, -0.19, -0.19%) said it is buying privately-held diagnostic and laboratory software maker Sunquest Information Systems for $1.4 billion in cash. The Sarasota, Fla.-based medical and scientific imaging software developer said the acquisition of […]

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Response to Survey on Digital Pathology Adoption

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

I received some feedback, e-mails, questions, comment and death threats about my recent posting entitled  "94% of Pathologists Agree Digital Pathology Will Become Common Practice" One in particular I have extracted from a LinkedIn message board in response to my feed to the group. If you are a member of this particular group you may have seen this.  If not, […]

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Secure Your Hotel Room for Pathology Visions 2012 Today

| July 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

  Secure Your Hotel Room for Pathology Visions 2012 Today! Hotel Reservations Must be Received Prior to October 1, 2012 The DPA has secured a special group rate for attendees of Pathology Visions at the Hilton Baltimore for a single and double occupancy room. ROOM RATE:$189 Single/Double + tax Check-in: 3:00 PMCheck-out: NoonSelf Parking: $28, In/Out privilegeValet parking: $40, […]

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94% of Pathologists Agree Digital Pathology Will Become Common Practice

| July 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

In the mid-1960s, a new slogan was introduced for Trident: "4 out of 5 dentists surveyed would recommend sugarless gum to their patients who chew gum." The phrase is believed to have been based on the results of a survey of practicing dentists with either D.D.S. or D.M.D. degrees, apparently conducted in the early 1960s, […]

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Kudos to CAP PIP Program

| July 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

For as long as I can remember I have done the quarterly performance improvement program in surgical pathology offered by CAP. Essentially, the surgical pathology committee puts together an offering composed of 10 cases with questions, summaries and of course answers to the questions to test your knowledge.   The slides are mailed during regular […]

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Updates on ACOs from Orchard Software

| July 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

  With the knowledge that major changes in healthcare are hovering just over horizon, one of the “fixes” to what is “broken” in our current system is the prospect of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)—organizations of providers that can potentially improve the way medicine is practiced and reduce costs. In an effort to stay abreast of the […]

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Leica SCN400 2.2 – Fast, Flexible Whole Slide Capture for Digital Pathology

| July 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

5-Channel Fluorescence Digital Pathology Scanning          WETZLAR, Germany, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Leica Microsystems announces the release of the SCN400 2.2 scanning platform. Batch processing in both brightfield and multi-channel fluorescence, coupled with user-friendly workflows, makes the SCN400 2.2 an all-round high performance solution for digital pathology scanning. With up to 5 fluorescence channels per […]

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New robot will connect doctors, patients

| July 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Dan Adams Globe Correspondent/July 24, 2012 E-mail  Reprints Comments (1) 17   The 5-foot-4-inch, 140-pound “telemedicine” robot will be produced in partnership with InTouch Health of Santa Barbara, Calif., a maker of in-hospital robots, and is designed to help patients with health emergencies get more rapid treatment from specialists — especially at night, when […]

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UAB Division of Informatics to manage medical research data

| July 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Published: Monday, July 23, 2012, 9:00 AM  By Jeff Hansen — The Birmingham News  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Doctors and medical researchers are dealing with increasingly large sets of data. Genetic sequences, images from pathology biopsies and lab tests, and information about how patients respond to treatment, to name just a few. Along with this data are […]

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Digital Pathology FAQs

| July 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of the Digital Pathology Association. Answers to many key questions you may have been afraid of asking. 1. Q: Is digital pathology FDA approved for primary diagnosis?   A: No, digital pathology is not FDA approved for primary diagnosis.  However, several manufacturers have received 510(k) clearances or specific uses.  Please refer to theregulatory page for more information.   […]

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Telemedicine bill enables VA providers to practice across state lines

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of FierceHealthIT By Dan Bowman  Comment |  Forward | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn Telemedicine services for veterans get a shot in the arm in a new bipartisan supported bill introduced in the House last week. The bill–the Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2012 (H.R. 6107)–would remove restrictions that currently prevent providers with the Department of Veterans Affairs from […]

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Going glass to digital: virtual microscopy as a simulation-based revolution in pathology and laboratory science

| July 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Recent review article on whole slide imaging/virtual microscopy for use in education. Abstract The recent technological advance of digital high resolution imaging has allowed the field of pathology and medical laboratory science to undergo a dramatic transformation with the incorporation of virtual microscopy as a simulation-based educational and diagnostic tool. This transformation has correlated with […]

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Seldom wrong, never in doubt

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

The need, impact, importance and disagreement rate for second opinion pathology referrals has been a constant topic of discussion for many years.  These second opinions generally come in two flavors.  The first is a consultation of a particularly challenging case by a pathologist or clinician.  Patients can also initiate these consults if they are uncomfortable with […]

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