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Eliminating Four Common Barriers Between Dermatologists and Digital Pathology

Digital Pathology

Eliminating Four Common Barriers Between Dermatologists and Digital Pathology

Congratulations PathologyWatch for being published in Orlando Medical News.

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GREGORY OSMOND

May 28, 2020

The case for digital transformation in dermatopathology is strong. With a 98.8 percent intraobserver concordance between whole-slide images and traditional microscopy, instant access to a patient’s pathology history, shorter diagnostic times than traditional microscopy, and the ability to access FDA-approved data from HIPAA-compliant cloud environments without any geographic restrictions, it seems a foregone conclusion that digital diagnosis represents the future of dermatopathology.

So what is preventing dermatology clinics from taking advantage of the demonstrable benefits of digital imaging? By examining the costs, labor, software, and storage space requirements, we will discuss some of the barriers to digital pathology that clinics experience as well as how to overcome them.

Cost of Pathology Scanners

One of the things preventing most clinics from digital pathology is the up-front cost of technology. For example, the price of a state-of-the-art pathology scanner can reach $300,000, while the cost to implement a digital pathology system can be in the millions, depending on the size of the health system.

Because of this price, most dermatologists find it impossible to up-front the cost of digital imagery. But you don’t have to own a scanner to integrate high-resolution, wide-field images of your glass slides into your electronic medical records.

Read the full article in Orlando Medical News here.