Digital Pathology Blog
- Definiens Releases 2013 Survey Results: Top 4 Adoption Drivers for Image Analysis in Digital Pathology Definiens Releases 2013 Survey Results: Top 4 Adoption Drivers for Image Analysis in Digital Pathology
Courtesy of Geeks News Desk December 3, 2013 Definiens, a healthcare company that advances personalized medicine through image analysis and digital pathology solutions, today released results from an industry survey on the drivers of automa [...]
- Upcoming Webinar Hosted by Definiens – ProMark: Lessons Learned in Launching a Prognostic Test Based on Tissue Image Analysis Upcoming Webinar Hosted by Definiens – ProMark: Lessons Learned in Launching a Prognostic Test Based on Tissue Image Analysis
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Webinar #1: 8:00 am EST | 1:00 pm GMT (UK) | 2:00 pm CET (EU-Central) Webinar #2: 10:00 am Pacific | 1:00 pm Eastern | 6:00 pm GMT (UK) Presenters: Thomas Nifong, M.D., Metamark [
- Webinar Hosted by PerkinElmer: Immune-Cancer Interactions in Tumor-Draining Lymph Nodes: Novel Prognostic and Mechanistic Insights for Breast Cancer Webinar Hosted by PerkinElmer: Immune-Cancer Interactions in Tumor-Draining Lymph Nodes: Novel Prognostic and Mechanistic Insights for Breast Cancer
Date: Friday, December 13, 2013 Time: 10:00 am Pacific | 1:00 pm Eastern | 6:00 pm GMT Presenter: Peter P. Lee, MD, City of Hope Cancer Center Whether Tumor-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) are invaded by cancer cells is a key pro [...]
- New Articles Published in Journal of Pathology Informatics – November 2013 New Articles Published in Journal of Pathology Informatics – November 2013
Needs and workflow assessment prior to implementation of a digital pathology infrastructure for the US Air Force Medical Service Jonhan Ho, Orly Aridor, David W Glinski, Christopher D Saylor, Joseph P Pelletier, Dale M Selby, Steven W Davis [...]
- RIP 88342 RIP 88342
One learns a few pathology billing codes in residency/fellowship but truth be told many academic medical centers concerns themselves more with sheer volume rather than particular codes such as 88305, 88307, 88309, 88311, 88312 and 88342. M [...]
Lab Soft News
- How Do ACOs Differ from HMOs; What Is Their Achilles Heel? How Do ACOs Differ from HMOs; What Is Their Achilles Heel?
I have been relatively unenthusiastic about ACOs, thinking that they are merely reconstituted HMOs (see: The Emerging Role of ACOs; How to Define and Reduce Unnecessary Services; Hospital Executives Search for the Formula for an Accountable [...]
- Cancer Researcher Turns to Crowdfunding to Support His Research Cancer Researcher Turns to Crowdfunding to Support His Research
Medical researchers are turning to new ways to fund their work in light of cuts at the NIH due to the sequester and chronic cost-cutting by the agency. I recently blogged about a project at the University of Michigan called MCubed in which [...]
- The Dispute between the FDA and 23andMe; What's Really Going On? The Dispute between the FDA and 23andMe; What's Really Going On?
Much in the news recently is the friction between the FDA and 23andMe. I have blogged about the company and its goal of providing genetic testing directly to healthcare consumers (DCT testing) (see: Clinical Labs Have Much to Learn from the [...]
- Maine Experiments with Importation of Drugs from Canada for Residents Maine Experiments with Importation of Drugs from Canada for Residents
It will come as no surprise to most people that we in the U. S. pay the highest prices in the world for drugs and the reason this continues is largely the lobbying power of Big Pharma. At least one state, Maine, is now trying to do somethin [...]
- Ambulatory Physicians Cite EHR Design for Their Recent Loss of Productivity Ambulatory Physicians Cite EHR Design for Their Recent Loss of Productivity
I have posted several notes about decreased physician productivity and efficiency experienced in ambulatory practices as a result of the introduction of an EHR (see: Some of the Details Behind the Maine Medical Center/Epic EHR Meltdown; Nur [...]
- What happened to neuropathology in 1946? What happened to neuropathology in 1946?
The esteemed Dr. Jim Mandell and his son were recently playing with the amazing Google Books Ngram Viewer. Google Ngram searches a huge corpus of books for the mention of a particular search term. It then graphs the frequency with which tha [...]
- Best Post of August 2013: Profile of Wash U NP Fellow Dr. PJ Cimino Best Post of August 2013: Profile of Wash U NP Fellow Dr. PJ Cimino
The next in our "Best of the Month" series is from August 1, 2013, when I profiled Dr. PJ Cimino, a prominent first-year neuropathology fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. After a short biographical sketch, Dr. Cimino answers a fe [...]
- Best Post of July 2013: New Muscle Pathology Text edited by Goebel, Sewry, and Weller is available Best Post of July 2013: New Muscle Pathology Text edited by Goebel, Sewry, and Weller is available
This post, which origninally appeared on July 11, 2013, is being re-posted as part of the "Best of the Month" series for those who would consider purchasing it now that it is available on the market. Amazon is selling the paper version for [...]
- Nanotechnology joins with cancer genomics in silencing glioblastoma oncogene Nanotechnology joins with cancer genomics in silencing glioblastoma oncogene
Gold nanoparticles (yellow) with small interfering RNAs (green) knock down an oncogene in glioblastoma.In a study of mice released this week in Science Nanomedicine, researchers were able to reduce glioblastoma size three- to four-fold by [...]
- Guest Post from Dr. Keith Kaplan: Why Pathology? Guest Post from Dr. Keith Kaplan: Why Pathology?
The following post appeared yesterday in Dr. Keith Kaplan's Digital Pathology Blog. I thought the message was important enough to re-post it here:“What animates a great pathologist? Is it the desire to cure disease, to save life? Surely n [...]
- LabCorp spends $27 million on 110,000 sq foot building expansion LabCorp spends $27 million on 110,000 sq foot building expansion
The Times-News is reporting LabCorp fairly recently spent $27 million to expand the Powell Laboratory on its York Court campus in Burlington by 110,000 square feet. The three interconnected building complex now totals 300,000 square feet, [...]
- Ameritox claims senior Millennium Laboratories executives destroyed evidence Ameritox claims senior Millennium Laboratories executives destroyed evidence
Ameritox has filed a motion asking for sanctions against Millennium Laboratories (ML) for “destroying evidence and improperly concealing relevant evidence through improper document redaction.” Ameritox claims these actions were [...]
- More info on 2014 PFS/CLFS final rules More info on 2014 PFS/CLFS final rules
On Friday we talked about the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rules. Please see Friday’s post for my take on th [
- CMS finally releases 2014 Final Rule for physician/clinical lab fee schedule CMS finally releases 2014 Final Rule for physician/clinical lab fee schedule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Final Rules for the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System late i [...]
- SEPA Labs sells clinical laboratory to LabCorp SEPA Labs sells clinical laboratory to LabCorp
Southeastern Pathology Associates, also known as SEPA Labs, has sold its clinical laboratory business to LabCorp for an undisclosed amount. Its employees (including pathologists) were informed on November 21, 2013. SEPA Labs was started as [...]
- Can you solve this case? Can you solve this case?
Perhaps it’s appropriate to have a GI case since we just finished our big Thanksgiving meals (in the states, that is). Take a look at the photos and the question, then scroll down for the answer. A 52-year-old male presents with abdom [...]
- Leiomyoma vs. leiomyosarcoma Leiomyoma vs. leiomyosarcoma
Here’s a great question from a reader: “Is there a fixed number of mitotic figures that implies a diagnosis of leiomyosarcoma instead of leiomyoma?” Everyone who has been in a pathology gross room (where we cut specimens o [...]
- Can you solve this case? Can you solve this case?
Here’s a gyn case for a change. Take a look at the photos and the question, then scroll down for the answer. A 58-year-old female with a several-year history of pelvic pain and menometrorrhagia undergoes hysterectomy. Gross examinatio [...]
- Can you solve this case? Can you solve this case?
Here’s an interesting case involving a painless skin nodule. Take a look at the photos and the question, then scroll down for the answer. A 36-year-old female presents with this painless nodule on her lower leg. She notes that its siz [...]
- A terrifying tale: the evil within. A terrifying tale: the evil within.
Halloween is nearly upon us, so I thought I’d tell you a scary (but true) story. It’s creepier if you read it with a Transylvanian accent (starting now). Gather around, my dear ones, to hear the true story of vicious monsters an [...]
The 1x Objective
- The 1x Objective The 1x Objective
Pathology Informatics news and opinion from a unique perspective
- Meet Magnifi, The World’s First iPhone Universal Photoadapter Case Meet Magnifi, The World’s First iPhone Universal Photoadapter Case
Have you heard of Kickstarter.com? if not, basically it’s a website where you propose a product and ask for backers to fund your idea. In return for pledges of money, the “backers” are rewarded with something in return. It [...]
- Aetna to require CAP Accreditation for in-office pathology labs Aetna to require CAP Accreditation for in-office pathology labs
Press Release AETNA WILL REQUIRE CAP ACCREDITATION FOR IN-OFFICE PATHOLOGY LABS Insurance giant Aetna is now requiring physician practices with in-office pathology labs to be both CLIA certified and accredited by either the College of Ameri [...]
- Microscope Slide Business Cards Microscope Slide Business Cards
This is too awesome not to pass along. And I plan on making my own as soon as I figure out how to… Microscope Slide Business Cards. Genius. The idea was brought to life as a “viral” (ahem) marketing campaign by a French g [...]
- Enough is Enough, Academic Journals! Enough is Enough, Academic Journals!
The Daily Scan
- Puneet Sarin, Vice President and General Manager, Leica Biosystems, Pathology Imaging Puneet Sarin, Vice President and General Manager, Leica Biosystems, Pathology Imaging
Image: Puneet Sarin joined Leica Biosystems as vice president and general manager of its Pathology Imaging business in June 2013 after 14 years of progressive leadership [...]
- Puneet Sarin, VP & GM, Pathology Imaging Business - Leica Biosystems Puneet Sarin, VP & GM, Pathology Imaging Business - Leica Biosystems
Image: Leica Biosystems is a global leader in laboratory workflow solutions for anatomic pathology, striving to advance cancer diagnostics to improve patients’ live [...]
- Sylvia L. Asa, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.(C), F.C.A.P. Sylvia L. Asa, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.(C), F.C.A.P.
Image: Sylvia Asa, MD, PhD is the pathologist-in-chief at the University Health Network and professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of
- Steve Baloff Steve Baloff
Image: Steve joined ATV in 1996 and focuses on investments in the software, infrastructure and internet services markets in the firm's Palo Alto, CA office. He is an active boa
- Thomas Bologna Thomas Bologna
Image: Thomas Bologna is president, CEO, and a member of the board of Orchid Cellmark, Inc., a leading service provider of DNA identity testing, and chairman of the board of SDIX,
The Daily Sign-Out
- Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia: Update and Review Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia: Update and Review
A very thorough and up-to-date review of primary ciliary dyskinesia, which is a heterogenous group of related disorders. Most of us learned about the diagnostic ultrastructural abnormalities described in these patients, but one point of int [...]
- Chronic Bronchitis and Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Review Chronic Bronchitis and Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Review
Although commonly thought of synonymous, or, at least, forming a spectrum, chronic bronchitis is distinct from COPD. This review focuses on the pathophysiology of chronic bronchitis and goblet cell hyperplasia and the association between sm [...]
- RBC immunization in sickle cell disease--revisited RBC immunization in sickle cell disease--revisited
Stella Chou and co-authors published a very interesting and somewhat disquieting paper in the August 8, 2013 edition of Blood (abstract), "High prevalence of RBC immunization in sickle cell disease despite transfusion from Rh-matched minori [...]
- Does anemia impact hospital readmission rates after CABG surgery? Does anemia impact hospital readmission rates after CABG surgery?
Nadine Shehata and colleagues studied this question in a recently published article (abstract) in the August 2013 issue of Transfusion. This is a single-institution study of 2,102 patients who underwent CABG surgery at the University of Ott [...]
- AHA White Paper on Utilization of Medical Resources AHA White Paper on Utilization of Medical Resources
The AHA has published a free white paper, "Appropriate Use of Medical Resources," that can be accessed and downloaded as a pdf file from the link. Of interest to pathologists, and particularly to laboratory medical directors and transfusion [...]