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Study at University of Chicago Uses Supercomputer to Shorten Time Required to Analyze Whole Human Genome Sequences; May Help Pathologists Deliver Faster Diagnoses

Achievement at University of Chicago may help clinical laboratories analyze large quantities of genomic data much faster than ever before, thus shortening the time required to produce a diagnostic result

It’s a breakthrough in the time required to analyze data from whole human genome sequencing. Researchers at the University of Chicago have successfully demonstrated that genome analysis can be radically accelerated.

This could be a big deal for pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists. That’s because a faster time-to-answer from gene sequencing would increase its diagnostic and therapeutic value to clinicians.

Faster and more accurate analysis of genomic data holds the promise of advances in patient management and greater understanding of the genetic causes of risk and disease. This could mean expanded opportunities for pathologists to engage with clinicians in the use of genomic data to inform diagnosis, choice of treatment, and disease management. (more…)

Digital Pathology Should Leapfrog Digital Radiology’s Adoption Timeline

Pathologists and medical lab managers can study radiology’s adoption of digital images for useful lessons, says one innovative radiologist

DATELINE: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—During Pathology Informatics 2012, a record crowd gathered last week to explore how new technologies are reshaping both clinical laboratory informatics and anatomic pathology informatics. If there was clear consensus on any single point, it was that every medical laboratory needs a very robust informatics platform to serve the new integrated care models, including accountable care organizations and medical homes.

This will be particularly true for pathology groups because of the growing acceptance of whole slide images and digital pathology systems used to capture those images and make them available to pathologists. On that count, one speaker at Pathology Informatics 2012 had a powerful message that was well received by all in attendance. (more…)

Pathologists May Want to Re-think Their Medical Laboratory’s Use of Digital Pathology

Pathology informaticist points out that not every slide in a patient’s case may need to be scanned and archived by a digital pathology system

Is digital pathology ready for prime time in the specialty of anatomic pathology? Many proponents of digital pathology would say “yes,” and the pathology laboratories now using digital pathology systems report significant benefits. But there are pathologists who argue that this is still a developing technology.

Like any new technology in clinical laboratory medicine and healthcare, digital pathology must demonstrate the right combination of cost-to-acquire, speed-in-use, and added-clinical-value, if it is to gain wide acceptance by pathologists. At the same time, “going digital” has transformed radiology, for example, and this example is often cited by boosters of digital pathology systems.