Journal of Pathology Informatics Journal of Pathology Informatics
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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 21

Interinstitutional and interstate teleneuropathology

1 Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
2 Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, 5230 Centre Ave, Suite WG02.10, Pittsburgh PA 15232, USA
3 Ameripath, 2560 N. Shadeland Avenue, Suite A, Indianapolis IN 46219, USA
4 Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group, 1801 N. Senate Blvd. Ste. 610, Indianapolis IN 46202, USA
5 St.Vincent Neuroscience Institute, St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana IN 46260, USA
6 University of Pittsburgh Physicians and UPMC; Forbes Tower, Suite 9047A, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213, USA

Correspondence Address:
Clayton A Wiley
Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2153-3539.80717

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Background: Telemedicine has emerged as an efficient means of distributing professional medical expertise over a broad geographic area with few limitations to the various services that can be provided around the globe. Telepathology is particularly well suited to distributing subspecialty expertise in certain environments in an economical fashion, while preserving centers of excellence. Materials and Methods: After a decade of intrainstitutional teleneuropathology for intraoperative consultation, we expanded our practice to cross state lines and communicate between geographically and financially separate medical centers. Results: The result was an effective means of distributing neuropathological expertise while at the same time preserving a professional center of excellence. While technical and legal (i.e., physician licensing) barriers were surmounted, expected and unexpected issues related to communication required commitment on the part of multiple individuals with diverse expertise and responsibilities. Conclusion: Lessons learned from this successful venture can be used to facilitate future efforts in this ever-growing practical vehicle for distributing pathology subspecialty expertise.

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