ATA Publishes Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology

| August 18, 2014
ATA Telepathology Guidelines

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The American Telemedicine Association recently published an update to the original ATA guideline on telepathology and provides new and updated guidance on specific applications, practice, benefits, limitations, and regulatory issues that may arise in the practice of telepathology.  This guideline covers clinical applications of telepathology to include primary diagnosis, intraoperative consultations, secondary consultations, and quality assurance that may result in amended cases. The recommendations apply to all types of telepathology configurations, regardless of the hardware device utilized, including static (store and forward), dynamic (synchronous) and hybrid static-dynamic implementations.

The effort was led by Liron Pantanowitz, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Pathology.

Telepathology Clinical Guidelines Work Group (Alphabetical Order)

Chair:  Liron Pantanowitz – Chair, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Pathology

Work Group Members

Kim Dickinson, MD, MBA, MPH, Senior Medical Director Integrated Oncology – Irvine, LabCorp, President, Digital Pathology Association

Andrew J Evans, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Staff Pathologist and Associate Professor, University Health Network, Laboratory Medicine Program, Toronto General Hospital,

Lewis Hassell, MD, Department of Pathology, OUHSC

Walter H. Henricks, MD, Medical Director, Center for Pathology Informatics, Staff Pathologist, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Jochen K. Lennerz, MD, PhD, University Ulm, Institute of Pathology, Albert-Einstein-Allee, Germany

Amanda Lowe, Director of Business Development, Visiopharm

Anil V. Parwani, MD, PhD MBA, Division Director, Pathology Informatics, Staff Pathologist Shadyside Hospital, UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Michael Riben, MD, Pathology, MD Anderson

COL Daniel Smith, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Pathology, Keesler AFB

J. Mark Tuthill, MD, Division Head, Pathology Informatics, Henry Ford Health System

Ronald Weinstein, MD, University of Arizona

David Wilbur, MD, Professor of Pathology and Director of Clinical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School


ATA Practice Guidelines Committee

Chair:  Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD, Professor & Vice Chair of Research, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Arizona


Committee Members

Nina Antoniotti, RN, MBA, PhD, Director of Telehealth, Marshfield Clinic TeleHealth Network

David Brennan, MSBE, Director, Telehealth Initiatives, MedStar Health

Anne Burdick, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Telemedicine and Clinical Outreach, Professor of Dermatology, Director, Leprosy Program, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Jerry Cavallerano, PhD, OD, Staff Optometrist, Assistant to the Director, Joslin Diabetes Center, Beetham Eye Institute

Helen K. Li, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center

Lou Theurer, Grant Administrator, Burn Telemedicine Program, University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Jill M. Winters, PhD, RN, President and Dean, Columbia College of Nursing


ATA Staff

Jordana Bernard, MBA, Senior Director Program Services

Jonathan D. Linkous, CEO


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