August 10, 2009 “Intelligence:  Late Breaking Lab News”

Last week, the pathology profession got a new professional group. It is the Digital Pathology Association (DPA) and it was formed by several companies offering digital pathology systems and services. DPA’s founders say it will support digital pathology education initiatives, define best practices, and will seek to influence standards and interfaces in digital pathology systems. The first president of DBA is Dirk Soenksen, who is also CEO of Aperio Technologies, Inc., a digital pathology systems provider based in Vista, California. Timing of the formation of this new association is one sign that growing numbers of pathology groups are taking steps to implement a digital scanning solution or a complete digital pathology system.

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Creation of the Digital Pathology Association is evidence that adoption of  digital scanning and digital pathology systems continues to widen. According to Soenksen, during the past 18 months, digital pathology companies have attracted more than $100 million in investment capital. Along with Aperio, other digital pathology companies involved in the new association are BioImagene of Cupertino, California, and Omnyx, LLC, the joint venture of GE Healthcare and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

RAPID A/NOVEL H1N1 FLU TESTS HAVE LOW DETECTION RATES

A report released last week on rapid tests for influenza A/Novel H1N1 by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that three rapid tests designed to detect A/Novel H1N1 detected the novel strain only 40% to 69% of the time. Genome Web Daily News, writing about the findings in the CDC report, wrote that “The sensitivity of rapid influenza diagnostic tests for detecting the new H1N1 influenza A (‘swine flu’) and other flu viruses drops off in patient samples containing lower viral titer, according to this week’s issue of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention publication.” If physicians are using rapid flu tests with sensitivity comparable to the odds of a coin toss, then the upcoming flu season may bring interesting new challenges for labs in this country.

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