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									                                   Driving to Pathology’s Future
                               Corporate Innovation as an Engine for Change
                                                               Mark Newburger

T   his is an exciting time for pathology. In my 20 years of
      focusing on digital pathology, it is rewarding to see
that the future is coming into being now and becoming a
                                                                          but its full value has yet to be realized. Most laboratories
                                                                          today are having a difficult time managing the images
                                                                          they use currently, let alone trying to manage the new
reality. Many new and exciting techniques, technologies,                  technologies that are being discussed here this weekend.
and processes are being presented as the future of pa-                       The days when a pathologist can plop a new device on
thology, but the obvious question is, what is the future of               the counter and begin using it are over. The underlying
pathology? Alan Kay, inventor of Smalltalk, which was the                 information technology infrastructure that ties the various
inspiration and technical basis for the Macintosh and sub-                components of today’s health care delivery is under tre-
sequent windowing-based systems, stated in 1971: ‘‘The                    mendous economic pressure to be tightly integrated. Any
best way to predict the future is to invent it.’’                         device introduced into the laboratory environment has to
   I am going to talk about 4 questions: What is the future               address the information technology infrastructure; hospi-
of pathology? (The obvious question.) Where are we to-                    tal security; the Health Insurance Portability and Account-
day? How do we get to the future? When do you start                       ability Act; regulatory requirements; clinical practice and
‘‘inventing’’ the future?                                                 work flow for the pathologist, laboratory, and institution;
   ‘‘The future of pathology is really all about the pathol-              and the business realities of achieving a return on invest-
ogist.’’ I think Jared Schwartz, MD, stated this in his talk              ment.
earlier today, here at Futurescape. The drivers for this are                 Apollo PACS, Inc (Falls Church, Virginia) recommends
the increasing need for 
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