Current opinion, status and future development of digital pathology in Switzerland.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_E56F0383BA18
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Current opinion, status and future development of digital pathology in Switzerland.
Journal
Journal of clinical pathology
Author(s)
Unternaehrer J., Grobholz R., Janowczyk A., Zlobec I.
Working group(s)
Swiss Digital Pathology Consortium (SDiPath)
ISSN
1472-4146 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0021-9746
Publication state
Published
Issued date
06/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
73
Number
6
Pages
341-346
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
The transition from analogue to digital pathology (DP) is underway in Switzerland. To assess relevant experiences of pathologists with DP and gauge their outlook towards a digital future, a national survey was conducted by the Swiss Digital Pathology Consortium. Similar surveys were conducted in other countries, enabling a meta-analysis of DP experiences.
Pathologists and residents were asked to complete a survey containing 12 questions. Results were compared with similar studies conducted in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, and India.
The estimated response rate among practicing pathologists and trainees nationwide was 39.5%. Of these, 89% have experience with digital slides, mainly for education (61%) and primary diagnostics (20%). Further, 32% have worked with an image analysis programme and 26% use computer-based algorithms weekly. Interestingly, 66% would feel comfortable making a primary diagnosis digitally, while 10% would not. Most respondents believe more standards and regulations are necessary for the clinical employment of DP. Noted advantages include ease of access to slides and the resulting connectivity benefits, namely collaboration with experts across disciplines, off-site work, training purposes, and computational image analysis. Perceived disadvantages include implementation costs and issues associated with IT infrastructure and file formats.
The survey results suggest that experiences and perspectives of Swiss pathologists concerning DP is comparable to that of the other reporting countries undergoing transitions to digital workflows. Although more standards and regulations are needed to ensure the safe usage of these technologies, pathologists in Switzerland appear welcoming of this new digital era.
Keywords
Diagnostic Imaging, Humans, Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted, Pathologists, Pathology, Clinical/methods, Surveys and Questionnaires, Switzerland, Workflow, diagnostics, digital pathology, image analysis
Pubmed
Web of science
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03/01/2020 16:14
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12/10/2021 15:01
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