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Adopting Digital Pathology on a Budget: Getting Started, Knowing What’s Feasible, and Funding Your DP from Overlooked Sources


Held Thursday, May 27 | Available on DVD or On-Demand 

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Different paths to digital pathology can contribute new streams of revenue and increase pathologists’ compensation

It’s time to consider adopting digital pathology! Today’s scanners and digital pathology systems are attractive for speed, capabilities, and accuracy that exceed earlier generations. And ongoing improvements in digital pathology technologies are lowering the cost of acquiring the scanners, software, and other tools necessary to use digital pathology in daily workflow.

More importantly, as new image analysis algorithms enter the market, they will change three things in surgical pathology:

1) Improve diagnostic accuracy and precision
2) Make pathologists more productive
3) Help pathologists make more money

These are powerful reasons why your pathology group should update its strategic thinking about when—and how—it will acquire and incorporate digital pathology (DP) and whole slide imaging (WSI) into your daily workflow.

Dark Daily has organized this timely webinar, Adopting Digital Pathology on a Budget: Getting Started, Knowing What’s Feasible, and Funding Your DP from Overlooked Sources, to help you understand what’s new and different in digital pathology, whole slide imaging, and automated digital image analysis and how to bring digital pathology to your lab. The live webinar will be held Thursday, May 27, from 1-2:30 pm EDT and available to stream after that.


Yes, affordable digital pathology is within reach

This webinar aims to help budget-minded pathology groups understand the different paths to digital pathology in daily practice. Instead of the “big bang” approach to fully implementing DP and WSI—which can cost $500K or more—our expert speakers will identify less expensive ways to digitize glass slides and use whole slide images for diagnoses, second opinions, and similar functions. Whether your group is small or large, the economics of digital pathology are changing rapidly in ways that can contribute to you and your colleagues’ clinical and financial success.

This webinar presents a unique opportunity for surgical pathologists and their practice administrators to explore a budget-minded approach to digital pathology and whole slide imaging. Whether your group is ready to get started now or simply wants to be fully informed about current capabilities and the do’s and don’ts of buying, implementing, and using a digital imaging system, this is a must-attend webinar.


Get specific guidance from experts

Keith Kaplan, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Corista, will serve as chair and moderator for this webinar. For more than 15 years, Kaplan has been a recognized expert in digital imaging, advanced pathology informatics, and how the pathology profession’s innovators are improving patient care and generating new sources of pathologist income using all new things digital. Kaplan will lead the discussion and explore critical aspects of digital pathology with our three expert panelists as follows:

Andrew Evans, MD, Medical Director of Laboratory Medicine at Mackenzie Health (MH), will present first. Evans was among the first pathologists in the world to introduce digital images into daily practice. In 2008, his lab scanned frozen section slides to develop a new and efficient pathology review workflow to serve three University Health Network (UHN) hospitals in downtown Toronto. In recent years, he’s helped create a province-wide digital pathology network in Ontario. Evans will describe how the DP initiative progressed from hematology to other “ologies” and how he discovered funding sources along the way. His insights from successes and setbacks while establishing digital pathology services at hospitals large and small, urban and rural, will provide you with practical knowledge to guide your own lab’s digital pathology strategy.

William DeSalvo, President of Collaborative Advantage Consulting and a manager of histology operations at Sonora Quest Laboratories in Tempe, Ariz., will present next. He will cover the requirements of tissue processing, slide production, and slide scanning to generate the high-quality digital images in histology that are required to ensure you are working with images that accurately represent the tissue.

Our third panelist is Lisa-Jean Clifford of Gestalt Diagnostics. Clifford is an expert in pathology LIS with deep experience gained by helping pathology clients implement pathology laboratory information systems and digital pathology systems. She will provide specifics about how to shop for scanners, what other hardware is needed, and how to develop a request for proposal (RFP) for a digital pathology system that best meets the unique needs of your pathology group.


Webinar takeaways:

By investing in this 90-minute webinar, Adopting Digital Pathology on a Budget: Getting Started, Knowing What’s Feasible, and Funding Your DP from Overlooked Sources, you will:

  • Learn which components a fully integrated digital pathology system requires
  • Compare the capabilities of today’s scanners and how to match your pathology lab’s needs to specific functions
  • Explore differences between your lab’s existing LIS and a digital pathology workflow solution
  • Learn about and understand the functions and limitations of the current generation of pathology image analysis products
  • Distinguish different budget-minded approaches to buying the pieces of a digital pathology system and implementing them in a stepwise fashion
  • Understand the histology requirements—both equipment and workflow—to produce high-quality, accurate whole-slide images
  • Explore ways to boost the productivity of histologists and surgical pathologists with the different elements of a digital pathology system
  • Know how to create an effective RFP (request for proposal) that delivers a winning DP and WSI solution for your pathology lab
  • Understand different sources of capital and funding to buy the right DP solution, including rent-to-own and per-click arrangements

Who should attend?

  • Clinical laboratory directors
  • Laboratory managers
  • Clinical pathologists
  • Laboratory technicians



Your registration includes:

  • A site license to attend the webinar—invite as many members of your team as you would like!
  • The opportunity to pose specific questions and connect directly with speakers during a Q&A session
  • Access to the post-webinar recording


Expert Presenters

Keith Kaplan, MD

Keith Kaplan, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Concord, MA

Keith J. Kaplan, MD, is CMO of Corista, a digital clinical pathology workflow platform that aims to surpass traditional pathology workflow in speed, accuracy, and ease of use. He is a member of the College of American Pathologists, American Society of Clinical Pathology, and American Society of Cytopathology and an executive board member of the American Pathology Foundation. Before Corista, Dr. Kaplan was an Associate Professor of Pathology at Mayo Medical School and was Pathology Informatics Chair as CIO of Pathology Practice at Carolinas Health Systems in Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, completed his residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, and is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.

Keith Kaplan, MD

Andrew Evans, MD
Medical Director of Laboratory Medicine
Mackenzie Health (MH)
Richmond Hill, ON

Dr. Andrew Evans is the Medical Director of Laboratory Medicine at Mackenzie Health (MH), a large community hospital in North Toronto that is currently transitioning to complete reporting by digital pathology. Before moving to MH in 2020, he was the director of digital pathology at University Health Network (UHN) from the inception of the program in 2004. UHN successfully implemented whole slide imaging (WSI) for frozen sections, consultation, and primary diagnosis at various partner sites. For the past 10 years, he has been extensively involved in developing guidelines and best practice documents for digital pathology through his work with the College of American Pathologists (CAP). He currently chairs the CAP Digital and Computational Pathology Committee and WSI Validation Guideline expert panel.

Keith Kaplan, MD

William N. DeSalvo III, BS HTL(ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology System Production Manager, Sonora Quest Laboratories and
President, Collaborative Advantage Consulting LLC
Phoenix, AZ

William N. DeSalvo III has 40+ years of experience in the anatomic pathology laboratory industry. Working as a histotechnologist, clinical histology laboratory consultant, and product/marketing manager for histology and immunochemistry, DeSalvo brings a well-rounded background to help bring organizations to the next level of digital pathology. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (minor in Biology) from Southeast Missouri State University, developed a Quality Management System for anatomic pathology laboratories, and received Six Sigma and Lean methodologies training. Over the past 15 years, he has used his education and expertise to provide educational presentations and publish various articles on process improvement, standardization, and automation.

Keith Kaplan, MD

Lisa-Jean Clifford
COO and Chief Strategy Officer
Gestalt Diagnostics
Spokane, WA

Lisa-Jean Clifford is COO and Chief Strategy Officer at Gestalt Diagnostics, a company focused on digital pathology solutions and services. She has held marketing and business development roles at leading healthcare solution vendors, including McKesson and IDX (GE Healthcare), International Data Group (IDG), and eBusiness Technologies. Clifford’s expertise includes strategy development and execution, general business administration and operations, marketing, business development, and product management. She contributes her industry expertise in publications including Advance, Medical Laboratory Observer, Clinical Lab Products, CAP Today, Health Data Management, Health Management Technology, and Forbes Magazine. Clifford also authored a book on XML and has presented educational and thought leadership sessions at healthcare industry conferences. Clifford holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Marketing from Johnson & Wales University.