IBM and Apollo PACS in collaboration have implemented a comprehensive pathology digital imaging systems at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontaria. The system should enable clinicians to collaborate more efficiently, analyze tissue faster and better diagnose pediatric patients, the companies said.
With the pathology PACS, 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 of care.
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 uses a secure, open standard format where 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 technology.
"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."