Discrete data capture in synoptic pathology reports published by Dove Medical Press

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While use of synoptic templates for cancer reporting has reached near universal adoption in parts of the world, discrete data capture of synoptic data from pathology or cancer reports continues to be largely the exception.

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine International has published the review “Current status of discrete data capture in synoptic surgical pathology and cancer reporting”.

As corresponding author Dr Lewis Hassell says “Synoptic reporting has come a long way since the ideas began to appear in the pathology literature in the early 1990s, 25 years ago. But we still lag painfully behind current data management capabilities, and looming imperatives as well as opportunities for individual patient, and population health associated with synoptic reporting, and associated discrete data capture.”

Dr Hassell continues “With only very selective wide-scale adoption of discrete data capture capabilities, and still many implementation barriers, it is going to take some concerted effort, and funding to reach the level of meaningful use of this important capability in modern healthcare. All the stakeholders need to understand the implications of this and be willing to shoulder their share of the costs in order for our patients and our society to reap the important benefits.”

As Professor Paul J. Zhang, Editor-in-Chief, explains “I expect this review article from our journal to be a high impact one to pathology community around the globe.”

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine International is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, online journal. The mission of the journal is to provide a bridge for pathologists in the developed world to those in developing countries. To promote and proliferate modern knowledge in the field of diagnostic and academic pathology and to improve the quality of patient care.

Dove Medical Press Ltd is a privately held company specializing in the publication of Open Access peer-reviewed journals across the broad spectrum of science, technology and especially medicine.

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