The College of American Pathologists adds mScope to its diagnostic work station

Aurora Interactive will provide the College of American Pathologists (CAP) a three-year license for the use of the mScope Clinical Suite for its Diagnostic Work Station (DWS). The use of the communications software mScope will be for demonstration purpose for the six CAP DWS’ modules: viewer, studies, opinion, knowledge-base, search and administration.

“The CAP’s Diagnostic Work Station allows multi-disciplinary clinicians to share images and information with colleagues outside of their local environment. It enhances collaboration, streamlining the diagnostic process and ultimately improving patient care,“ said Kevin Donnelly, CAP STS vice president and general manager. “Our DWS collaboration with vendors offering robust diagnostic tools and applications strengthens the DWS concept for the fast-evolving and innovative field of digital pathology.“

The CAP DWS is a “prototype“ conceptual pathology work station of the future—one that will fully support the capabilities and technologies of digital pathology and promote collaboration for improved patient care.

The DWS offers pathologists a platform for a robust, collaborative exchange of clinical information such as: the patient’s electronic health record (EHR), real-time consultation, digital imaging, structured pathology reporting, clinical decision support; and online resources and reference material. The DWS platform will speed the diagnostic process by consolidating clinical, imaging, and research information into a single, secure environment.

The envisioned final product will be a vendor-neutral heterogeneous environment that allows for customization by the pathology team. Currently, vendors provide EHR and digital imaging information displayed on the work station. A vendor product inclusion in the prototype is not a CAP product endorsement.

The three-monitor DWS integrates and displays various software systems and programs and pushes forward the pathologists’ future role as “chief diagnostician,“ allowing access to a wealth of patient information to determine test interpretation and diagnosis.

Mr. Pierre Le Fèvre, president and chief executive officer for Aurora Interactive stated: “We are really proud to support the outstanding initiative of the College of American Pathologists to improve collaboration and facilitate medical communication between pathologists. This is aligned directly with Aurora Interactive collaborative Web 2.0 philosophy and mScope product.“

About the CAP STS

CAP STS (SNOMED Terminology Solutions™) a division of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a leader in transforming health information. CAP STS’ Professional Services, leading the pursuit of semantic interoperability for EHRs, specializes in customized best-practice health information solutions from strategy and planning to implementation and maintenance. CAP STS’ goal is to ultimately improve patient care through supporting the pathologist’s role as chief diagnostician/clinical care advisor and advancing interoperable EHRs. CAP STS’ DIHIT (Diagnostic Intelligence and Health Information Technology) team is committed to advancing health IT standards, practices, and tools, such as the CAP Diagnostic Work Station initiative; and standardized electronic reporting, including the CAP electronic Cancer Checklists (CAP eCC). The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care. For more information, visit www.cap.org/DIHIT or write to snomedsolutions@cap.org.

CAP STS will exhibit its Diagnostic Work Station (DWS) in the CAP booth at the CAP ’10 THE Pathologists’ Meeting™ in Chicago, September 26-29, 2010.