Combined robotic and nonrobotic telepathology as an integral service component of a geographically dispersed laboratory network.

Abstract

To achieve real-time connectivity between its 8 hopital-based laboratories, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12, headquartered in Chicago, IL, has implemented a hybrid dynamic store-and-forward (HDSF) telepathology network that extends across portions of 3 states. The majority of diagnostic telepathology functions are provided to the 3 hospitals (Iron Mountain, MI; Tomah, WI; and North Chicago, IL), which lack on-site pathologists and are serviced by the 4 pathologists located in Milwaukee, WI. In surgical pathology, routine primary diagnosis, frozen section diagnosis, and clinical consultation are provided with telepathology. In addition, autopsy and specialty clinical conferences are frequently performed by using telepathology. Telepathology has been applied to a variety of areas within clinical pathology as well, including protein electrophoresis, immunoelectrophoresis, peripheral blood smears, body fluids, microbiology, and distance learning. Implementation of telepathology has allowed VISN 12 to reach the goal of providing a single standard of accurate and timely pathology service, even at small sites that lack an on-site pathologist.

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@article{Dunn2001CombinedRA, title={Combined robotic and nonrobotic telepathology as an integral service component of a geographically dispersed laboratory network.}, author={Bruce E . Dunn and Haesun Choi and Urias A Almagro and Daniel L Recla}, journal={Human pathology}, year={2001}, volume={32 12}, pages={1300-3} }