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Digital Pathology Transformation in a Supraregional Germ Cell Tumour Network

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Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
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Department of Cellular Pathology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
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Department of Oncology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
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Oxford Cancer Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
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Urology Department, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
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Radiology Department, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
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Oxford Cancer and Haematology Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
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Pathology Department, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Milton Keynes MK6 5DL, UK
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Department of Cellular Pathology, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK
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Department of Cellular Pathology, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Swindon SN3 6BB, UK
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Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7DQ, UK
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Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, UK
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NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Bruno Märkl
Diagnostics 2021, 11(12), 2191; https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics11122191
Received: 14 October 2021 / Revised: 16 November 2021 / Accepted: 23 November 2021 / Published: 25 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Pathology and Molecular Diagnostics)
Background: In this article we share our experience of creating a digital pathology (DP) supraregional germ cell tumour service, including full digitisation of the central laboratory. Methods: DP infrastructure (Philips) was deployed across our hospital network to allow full central digitisation with partial digitisation of two peripheral sites in the supraregional testis germ cell tumour network. We used a survey-based approach to capture the quantitative and qualitative experiences of the multidisciplinary teams involved. Results: The deployment enabled case sharing for the purposes of diagnostic reporting, second opinion, and supraregional review. DP was seen as a positive step forward for the departments involved, and for the wider germ cell tumour network, and was completed without significant issues. Whilst there were challenges, the transition to DP was regarded as worthwhile, and examples of benefits to patients are already recognised. Conclusion: Pathology networks, including highly specialised services, such as in this study, are ideally suited to be digitised. We highlight many of the benefits but also the challenges that must be overcome for such clinical transformation. Overall, from the survey, the change was seen as universally positive for our service and highlights the importance of engagement of the whole team to achieve success. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital; pathology; testis; germ cell digital; pathology; testis; germ cell
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Colling, R.; Protheroe, A.; Sullivan, M.; Macpherson, R.; Tuthill, M.; Redgwell, J.; Traill, Z.; Molyneux, A.; Johnson, E.; Abdullah, N.; Taibi, A.; Mercer, N.; Haynes, H.R.; Sackville, A.; Craft, J.; Reis, J.; Rees, G.; Soares, M.; Roberts, I.S.D.; Siiankoski, D.; Hemsworth, H.; Roskell, D.; Roberts-Gant, S.; White, K.; Rittscher, J.; Davies, J.; Browning, L.; Verrill, C. Digital Pathology Transformation in a Supraregional Germ Cell Tumour Network. Diagnostics 2021, 11, 2191. https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics11122191

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Colling R, Protheroe A, Sullivan M, Macpherson R, Tuthill M, Redgwell J, Traill Z, Molyneux A, Johnson E, Abdullah N, Taibi A, Mercer N, Haynes HR, Sackville A, Craft J, Reis J, Rees G, Soares M, Roberts ISD, Siiankoski D, Hemsworth H, Roskell D, Roberts-Gant S, White K, Rittscher J, Davies J, Browning L, Verrill C. Digital Pathology Transformation in a Supraregional Germ Cell Tumour Network. Diagnostics. 2021; 11(12):2191. https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics11122191

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Colling, Richard, Andrew Protheroe, Mark Sullivan, Ruth Macpherson, Mark Tuthill, Jacqueline Redgwell, Zoe Traill, Angus Molyneux, Elizabeth Johnson, Niveen Abdullah, Andrea Taibi, Nikki Mercer, Harry R. Haynes, Anthony Sackville, Judith Craft, Joao Reis, Gabrielle Rees, Maria Soares, Ian S. D. Roberts, Darrin Siiankoski, Helen Hemsworth, Derek Roskell, Sharon Roberts-Gant, Kieron White, Jens Rittscher, Jim Davies, Lisa Browning, and Clare Verrill. 2021. "Digital Pathology Transformation in a Supraregional Germ Cell Tumour Network" Diagnostics 11, no. 12: 2191. https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics11122191

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