December 11, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

To deal with a shortage of surgical pathologists in the United Kingdom, the British National Health Service (NHS) is looking at solutions, such as deployment of digital pathology systems. According to a story in Pharma Times, the NHS is negotiating with Roche Diagnostics and partners to develop a program to implement digital pathology systems across the National Health Service, adding that the NHS will invest in acquiring and using whole slide scanners, image management software, and image analysis algorithms.

MORE ON Digital Path 

The NHS hopes that use of digital pathology systems will help it improve access to pathologists and other experts and to provide timely and accurate diagnosis for cancer patients. Pharma Times stated that a shortage of anatomic pathologists in the UK and geographic constraints make it difficult and time-consuming for experts to provide an opinion on cancer cases. For pathologists watching the pace of adoption of digital pathology and whole slide images, the reference to image analysis algorithms will be of interest. Because of the need to make its pathologists more productive, the NHS may want to accelerate development and clinical use of image analysis algorithms. In turn, clinical data gathered in the use of such algorithms in the U.K. could be used to speed up regulatory review of these same algorithms in the United States.

AURORA ACQUIRES CBM PATHOLOGY

Aurora Diagnostics of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., announced Dec. 1 that it acquired Gaithersburg, Md.-based CBM Pathology, a five-physician anatomic pathology and cytopathology specialty practice founded in 1999. Terms of the CBM transaction were not disclosed.

TRANSITIONS

  • Joint Venture Hospital Laboratories (JVHL) of Detroit, Mich., reported that Jack Shaw, its co-founder and long-time executive director, died on Nov. 30. Shaw served at JVHL from its founding in 1992 until his retirement in 2012. During his career, he held executive positions with Oakwood Health System, HomeCare of Michigan, and MedNet Services.

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