Enterprise Implementation of Digital Pathology: Feasibility, Challenges, and Opportunities.

Research paper by D J DJ Hartman, L L Pantanowitz, J S JS McHugh, A L AL Piccoli, M J MJ OLeary, G R GR Lauro

Indexed on: 25 Jan '17Published on: 25 Jan '17Published in: Journal of Digital Imaging


Digital pathology is becoming technically possible to implement for routine pathology work. At our institution, we have been using digital pathology for second opinion intraoperative consultations for over 10 years. Herein, we describe our experience in converting to a digital pathology platform for primary pathology diagnosis. We implemented an incremental rollout for digital pathology on subspecialty benches, beginning with cases that contained small amounts of tissue (biopsy specimens). We successfully scanned over 40,000 slides through our digital pathology system. Several lessons (both challenges and opportunities) were learned through this implementation. A successful conversion to digital pathology requires pre-imaging adjustments, integrated software and post-imaging evaluations.