Susan M. Kelly

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We describe the development and testing of a novel pre-sign-out quality assurance tool for case diagnoses that allows for the random review of a percentage of cases by a second pathologist before case verification and release of the final report. The tool incorporates the ability to record and report levels of diagnostic disagreement, reviewers' comments,(More)
The evolving nature of medicine has created new challenges in numerous aspects of the practice of pathology. The development of less invasive procedures, the generation of better diagnostic tools, and the recognition of prognostic markers have contributed to these challenges. Between 42.7% and 65.0% of intraoperative consultations are performed to identify(More)
Historically, scientific computing applications have been statically linked before running on massively parallel High Performance Computing (HPC) platforms. In recent years, demand for supporting dynamically linked applications at large scale has increased. When programs running at large scale dynamically load shared objects, they often request the same(More)
OBJECTIVES Communication in various medical settings is subject to misinterpretation. The frozen section (FS) diagnosis in patient care is dependent on successful communication between pathologists and surgeons. However, very few studies looking at FS errors analyzed postanalytic communication issues. METHODS A total of 300 consecutive cases, in which an(More)
CONTEXT Diagnostic specimens in surgical pathology are, in general, becoming smaller and smaller, as minimally invasive surgical procedures are used to obtain representative tissue. Conservation and effective utilization of small biopsy tissue is therefore crucial in the pathology laboratory. OBJECTIVE To identify potential areas where biopsy tissue may(More)
We recently implemented a novel pre-sign-out quality assurance tool in our subspecialty-based surgical pathology practice at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It randomly selects an adjustable percentage of cases for review by a second pathologist at the time the originating pathologist's electronic signature is entered and requires that the(More)
This article discusses the evolution of the University of Pittsburgh (UPitt) Health Sciences Tissue Bank (HSTB) operation and how it has successfully positioned itself, manages to sustain its value, and remains viable in today's research landscape. We describe the various components of our biobanking operation, which are valued by our researchers, thus(More)
BACKGROUND Quality assurance (QA) programs in cytopathology laboratories in the USA currently primarily involve the review of Pap tests per clinical laboratory improvement amendments of 1988 federal regulations. A pre-signout quality assurance tool (PQAT) at our institution allows the laboratory information system (LIS) to also automatically and randomly(More)
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