SickKids implements novel pathology
TORONTO – IBM and Apollo PACS Inc.
say they have implemented
one of the most comprehensive pathology digital imaging systems in North
America, at The Hospital for Sick Children. The solution is enabling
clinicians to collaborate more efficiently, analyze tissue faster and
better diagnose pediatric patients.
With the Apollo system, the hospital can consolidate pathology resources
and provide access to specialty expertise from anywhere at anytime. The
hospital is also testing streaming images back to an operating room for
a surgeon and pathologist to collaborate on, in real time, at the point
The system enables the hospital to directly capture tissue sample data
and images from digital cameras attached to microscopes and other
pathology imaging sources. Internet video and audio streaming will also
be used, allowing clinicians to look at live, high-resolution images
from under a microscope over a network.
The system provides an easy-to-use application for pathologists to
capture and visualize the hundreds of images they collect every day,
some containing several megabytes of data. It also allows the user to
quickly and easily enter copious amounts of descriptive information that
can be used for flagging and image retrieval.
“Digital pathology is more than just high quality images,” said Dr.
Glenn Taylor, Head of the Division of Pathology at SickKids. “Addressing
key issues of security, ease of use, integration with lab workflow,
uptime and adherence to open standards are critical to a successful
pathology PACS implementation.”
The system uses a secure, open standard format so the digital images can
be captured by a variety of devices and accessed and integrated with a
variety of systems, including the hospital’s laboratory information
system and electronic patient record. The system uses Apollo’s PathPACS
enterprise pathology PACS system and runs on IBM storage and hardware
About Apollo PACS Inc.
Apollo is a privately held company, incorporated in Delaware, and
headquartered in Falls Church, VA. Apollo’s solution revolutionizes
laboratory workflow by consolidating pathology resources throughout the
enterprise, streamline the imaging process, and optimizing pathology
case workflow for lab personnel. Apollo provides a unique end-to-end
laboratory PACS solution to manage diagnostic case workflow.
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