Kuopio University Hospital will be Finland’s first fully digital pathology department following its investment in Sectra’s IT solution for efficient storage, review and sharing of digital pathology images. The Diagnostic Imaging Center at Kuopio University Hospital is thereby extending its existing solution for handling radiology images (PACS) to also include pathology images. This enables in-depth cooperation between the hospital’s radiologists and pathologists; two of the key functions in effective clinical care.
”With this enterprise imaging solution, we will increase efficiency in pathology as well as improve overall patient care. The investment is a crucial step in our strategy to improve workflow and diagnostics for better patient care,” says Vesa Kärjä, Adjunct Professor and Chief of Clinical Pathology at Kuopio University Hospital.
Increased reading efficiency
With the solution, pathologists will gain access to new tools that support their diagnostic work. Moreover, the centrally stored images are available for review from any location, even remotely, or for discussion among experts, which may be crucial in complex cancer cases. The solution will be tightly integrated with the hospital’s LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) providing full access to lab data, requests, patient information and digital pathology images. This will allow pathologists to work completely digitally when performing primary diagnostics, thereby increasing reading efficiency.
Improved multi-disciplinary cooperation
Sectra’s digital pathology solution builds on the same infrastructure as Sectra’s solution for handling radiology images that is already used at the Kuopio University Hospital. With a shared technical infrastructure, images from both of the diagnostic specialties can be stored and displayed in a single system. This not only facilitates cooperation between the hospital’s radiologists and pathologists, it also significantly increases efficiency in the multidisciplinary meetings held at the hospital. In addition, the hospital’s maintenance and operating costs are reduced.
The pathology department at Kuopio University Hospital employs eight pathologists and handles approximately 100,000 glass slides and about 27,000 histological and cytological examinations per year. It operates as a subdivision of the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Center, which includes e.g. radiology and nuclear medicine.
The solution was sold by Commit; Oy, Sectra’s distribution partner for Finland.
About Sectra’s digital pathology solution
Sectra provides a complete solution for primary diagnostics in pathology. The solution includes archiving and storage solutions together with high-end review workstations. It allows pathologists to make their diagnoses and reports with higher precision and less time spent per case. Sectra’s solution for digital pathology is built on the same platform as Sectra’s radiology PACS, the solution for managing radiology images. With a shared technical platform, images from both of the diagnostic specialties can be stored and displayed in a single system. This enables deeper cooperation between radiologists and pathologists and facilitates, for example, multidisciplinary rounds, which is a step in integrated diagnostics.
European and Scandinavian pathology departments are in the process of digitizing their work, but nonetheless, only a few hospitals have implemented full-scale digital pathology solutions. In the US, digital pathology for primary diagnostics is still pending FDA approval.
Source & Image Credit: Sectra