HSJ June 2016
There are still some technologically sleepy backwaters in the NHS where new technology has yet to make serious inroads. Given the rising demand for histopathology, it’s something of a surprise to find that this is one such area. Now that’s beginning to change. Very slowly and very carefully, a small number of NHS hospitals are replacing glass slides and microscopes with digital images viewed on an HD screen.
Because the image can be viewed any time, any place, digital pathology opens up the possibility of new ways of working. The technology also creates an opportunity for developing and applying algorithms to support image grading. Suddenly the management buzzwords of efficiency, productivity and standardisation hove into view. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust was the first in the UK to introduce the technology and Dr David Snead, consultant pathologist, is leading the work.
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