The growing role of telepathology
Telemedicine is gaining ground throughout all medical disciplines. This includes both pathology and biosciences, and more specifically anatomo-cytopathology, which is facing a variety of demographic challenges. Pathologists are either too few or unevenly distributed. The advent of telepathology facilitates exchanges between specialists and allows us to respond to new challenges in healthcare. Cases can actually be referred to the most qualified doctor for better diagnostic accuracy. But we also need to be able to refer to a particular doctor quickly and easily so that patient healthcare time frames can be improved.
Telepathology meets the major challenges currently facing laboratories, such as the restructuring of services and the increasing complexity of the diagnostic process, thanks to :
- Remote first-time diagnosis
- Opinion requests
- Case review
Due to medical specialization and increasing case complexity, more and more healthcare professionals are requesting opinions from colleagues to share their expertise or gain their approval prior to establishing a definitive diagnosis. With the TeleSlide TeleMedecine application developed by TRIBVN Healthcare, doctors can quickly and easily exchange images from a particular case. Case images are used along with patient data and other essential information to establish a diagnosis, in full compliance and security.
Restructures are currently taking place throughout some institutions due to a shortage of doctors and budget cuts. Restructures are carried out according to staff numbers, doctor specializations and various agreements with sub-contractors. This can lead to a shortage of pathologists and underlines the need to develop telepathology.
With TeleSlide TeleMedecine it is also possible to carry out remote extemporaneous examinations if there are no on-site pathologists available. A tele-extemporaneous examination would therefore be performed.
The solution offered by TRIBVN Healthcare enables images, digital slides and related patient data to be sent rapidly, securely and with full traceability. The on-site technician prepares the slide and scans it to the pathologist, who then analyzes it before sending their diagnosis to the surgeon. The examination is carried out in under 30 minutes in the same way as a standard extemporaneous examination, which helps to inform the surgical intervention as much as possible.
New networks are being set up to allow pre-established working groups to review slides. They are primarily managed by Learned Societies, Specialist Associations or National Institutes. Their aim is to build knowledge bases, gather opinions and implement platforms of expertise or telemedicine. At TRIBVN Healthcare we assist these networks using specially designed applications offering a multitude of functionalities, including:
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