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Pathology News Roundup: February 25, 2020

Hybrid Microscope Could Bring Digital Biopsy to the Clinic

By adding infrared capability to the ubiquitous, standard optical microscope, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hope to bring cancer diagnosis into the digital era.

Information Travels Fast... But Sometimes Not Fast Enough

Recently I went to the Emergency Room for extreme pelvic/abdominal pain. Of course, as I was waiting to be seen, I consulted Dr. Google to figure out what was wrong with me. Essentially I determined that I was either totally fine, or about to need emergency surgery. While I do have a degree in biology and try not to get worked up about medical concerns, my mind couldn’t help but wander and try to prepare for the worst case scenario.

Pathology News Roundup: February 11, 2020

2020 Pathologists Leadership Summit

Registration is open for an event hosted by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) that seeks to equip pathologists with tools to grow their influence. The Pathologists Leadership Summit is an exclusive opportunity for CAP members to elevate leadership skills, take action, and be more effective advocates for positive change.

Pathology Education in 280 Characters

Pathology and laboratory medicine is changing at a rapid pace, especially thanks to tech advancements like artificial intelligence, digital pathology, and the rise of precision medicine. With an evolving field, continuing education is a must, and it's happening in places you might not expect.

#MedEd is remarkably more "social" than ever before, with ever more pathology professionals looking to social media platforms like Twitter to share knowledge within their professional communities.  

New Year, New View

It might sound odd for a company that specializes in speech recognition technology to say, “Talk is cheap,” but it’s true. I apparently have a thing for making surprising statements like this, because in 2016, I wrote a blog post claiming that speech recognition is not a cost-effective solution for pathology. In that post, I explained that speech technology alone was unlikely to deliver a return on investment versus traditional transcription. Why? Although speech recognition can be a useful part of a diagnostic reporting solution, implementation of these tools alone without a thoughtful complement of technologies and workflow enhancements was proven to slow down pathologists, thus negating the efficiencies that laboratories were seeking to attain.