Since its implementation, digital pathology has been used for primary diagnosis of all histopathology specimens at Hospital Campus de la Salud and the other hospitals in the Granada network. According to Dr. Raimundo García del Moral, the creation of a fully digital multi-site network has brought about several advantages.
“Because images can be shared in real time using online streaming, without transport of physical glass slides, we can now assign caseloads among pathologists according to specialty interest, rather than geographical site. Pathologists based at peripheral hospitals in our network can request immediate consultation from specialists located at the central laboratory, avoiding days-long delays that used to result from mailing physical glass slides. Images can also be easily identified, tagged, and displayed during multidisciplinary team meetings.”
An internal survey showed that at the pathology department at Hospital Campus de la Salud users of the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution experienced a 21% increase on average in diagnostic capacity compared to microscopy when using a digital workflow for primary diagnosis .
Dr. Raimundo García del Moral believes that availability of digital pathology will also create opportunities for the use of computer-assisted diagnostic technology, including artificial intelligence, to assist pathology diagnosis. “Deep learning algorithms applied to image analysis have the potential to help us further optimize our workflows. For example, by screening slides to search for malignancy, or by generating preliminary reports. To us, digital pathology represents a first step in attaining the higher goal of computational pathology.”