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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15

Guidelines from the Canadian Association of Pathologists for establishing a telepathology service for anatomic pathology using whole-slide imaging

1 Montreal Children's Hospital, Québec, Canada
2 Health Sciences Centre, St. John's Newfoundland, Canada
3 Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, British-Columbia, Canada
4 Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
5 University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
6 The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
7 Formerly with Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
8 Dalhousie University, Saint John Regional Hospital, Horizon Health Network, New-Brunswick, Canada
9 The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Diagnostic Services of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
11 CHR Rimouski Neigette, Québec, Canada
12 InteriorHealth Authority, British-Columbia, Canada
13 Laboratory Informatics, Vancouver Island Health Authority, British Columbia, Canada
14 Laboratory Diagnostics and Blood Services Branch, Ministry of Health, British-Columbia, Canada
15 Royal Alexandra Hospital, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
16 Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
17 Canada Health Infoway, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
18 CHU de Québec, Québec, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Andrew Evans
University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2153-3539.129455

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The use of telepathology for clinical applications in Canada has steadily become more attractive over the last 10 years, driven largely by its potential to provide rapid pathology consulting services throughout the country regardless of the location of a particular institution. Based on this trend, the president of the Canadian Association of Pathologists asked a working group consisting of pathologists, technologists, and healthcare administrators from across Canada to oversee the development of guidelines to provide Canadian pathologists with basic information on how to implement and use this technology. The guidelines were systematically developed, based on available medical literature and the clinical experience of early adopters of telepathology in Canada. While there are many different modalities and applications of telepathology, this document focuses specifically on whole-slide imaging as applied to intraoperative pathology consultation (frozen section), primary diagnosis, expert or second opinions and quality assurance activities. Applications such as hematopathology, microbiology, tumour boards, education, research and technical and/or standard-related issues are not covered.

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