It seems that this year’s focus was the digitalization of the anatomic pathology slide. With the advancement of the large flat panel monitors, beautiful pictures of stained specimens dotted the landscape of the tradeshow floor.
However, another topic discussed intensively was the integration of the various diagnostic departments—namely clinical, molecular, and anatomic pathology. In one of the sessions, the speaker expressed that pathologists are the consumers of molecular information, yet they lose control of this testing because the molecular equipment and analyzers are hooked into the clinical lab systems. He went on to state that this puts pathologists at a disadvantage because they have to use two different information systems to access patient data for their diagnosing and reporting.
Besides the molecular biomarkers being used by pathologists to assist in cancer diagnosis, today, more and more clinical data is being used by the pathologist for other diagnosis. For example, a positive Pap smear test may be reflexed to a HPV, or a pathologist making a diagnosis on a bone cancer patient might also want access to the patient’s history of CBCs, or in the case of a biopsy of a prostate, the pathologist might want to review the patient’s prior PSAs. With this interdepartmental effort, the speaker went on to elicit the help of the industry’s information system vendors, stating that no one vendor has yet done it and admonished us to figure out ways to better integrate our systems.
The irony of this is that every informatics vendor markets systems that interact and integrate, yet it is clear by the speaker’s request that the products he is familiar with fall short of truly meeting the needs of today’s pathologists doing integrated diagnostics. The reason for this is that, traditionally, lab system vendors have developed two separate systems: one system working on its own database for Clinical Pathology (CP) and another separate system working on its own database designed for Anatomic Pathology (AP).
The true informatics solution for integrated diagnostics is a CP/AP system designed specifically for interdepartmental use and built upon a single database. And the purpose of today’s blog is to inform you that the system described in the previous sentence does in fact exist today. It has existed for the last four years. It is called Orchard Pathology.
Orchard’s own Orchard Pathology was introduced in January 2006 as an all-inclusive CP/AP system to meet the workflow and reporting needs of integrated diagnostics. Besides other advantages, such as rules-based technology and structured data for data mining and easy EMR integration, Orchard Software is the only laboratory information system vendor with a single-database structure that allows the pathologist to access the patient’s entire testing history—clinical, anatomic pathology, and molecular—and easily add any of these results to the final report.
Yes, Orchard Pathology is the only system on the market today specifically designed to handle the complexities of clinical, cytology, histology, molecular, and anatomic testing and reporting. Even with the requests from leading pathologists for integrated solutions, gaining momentum and getting the word out has been difficult; however, we are very pleased with the reception we receive from those who see Orchard Pathology in action. Sometimes change is hard to embrace, even when we want to, and understanding that, we feel we are right in line with the adoption process of a cutting-edge solution.
Director of Marketing
Orchard Software Corporation
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