New Webinar: Digital Pathology Meets Surgical Pathology

Dear Pathbytes:

The Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and Sunquest Information Systems sponsored a webinar titled, “Digital Pathology Meets Surgical Pathology” on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT, presented by Stephen M. Hewitt, MD, PhD, FCAP, FASCP, Clinical Investigator in the Laboratory of Pathology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute.

The nature of diagnostic histopathology has been the deliberate process of advancement in technology to ensure continuity of diagnostic accuracy and information. The converse is true of digital imaging in pathology; it is a disruptive technology that changes how a pathologist interacts with the specimen. Despite the predictions, digital pathology has not changed daily sign-out practice yet. The issue is: how will whole slide imaging change surgical pathology? Replacing microscopes with computers and screens offers little, if any, economic incentive alone. However, enablement of the additional technologic opportunities of digital pathology could change surgical pathology substantially. This presentation will offer particular focus on the following points:

  • Digital pathology is being used for consultation, and has substantial benefits in research applications
  • The success of digital pathology requires additional applications to enable and improve the efficiency of the pathologist
  • Adoption of digital pathology for primary sign-out will be driven by economic factors

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Stephen M. Hewitt, M.D., Ph.D., is a Clinical Investigator within the Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute and serves as head of the Experimental Pathology Laboratory. Dr. Hewitt received his BA from the Johns Hopkins University, and his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston. He completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology at the NCI. Dr. Hewitt is a consultant to the Hematology and Pathology Devices Panel, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Hewitt has co-authored over 225 articles and serves on the editorial board of four peer-reviewed journals.