NHS to press on with digital pathology work

Technology entities to continue exploration of standards

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The NHS will shortly recommence work on the progressing the use of digital pathology, a minister has claimed.

According to minister for patient safety Nadine Dorries, both NHSX and NHS Digital were working on a “workstream for digital pathology” before the coronavirus crisis. 

“This work was delayed in order to divert resources to support the Covid-19 pandemic, including working with pathology systems in the collection of virus and antibody test results,” she said. “As we move back to focus on core activities, digital pathology work will resume.”

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Pathology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study of the causes and effects of diseases. The NHS first announced its intention to purse a “digital first” approach in 2014. 

Digital pathology involves the digitisation of text and visual data, and the use of tools such as virtual microscopy and analytics. 

“NHSX will be working with the pathology community to develop a digital pathology strategy which will cover updates to coding and messaging standards as well as the ability to view results across the National Health Service,” Dorries said, in response to a written parliamentary question from Labour MP Charlotte Nichols.


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