This is a working draft of clinical guidelines for telepathology. To keep this document generally applicable it steers clear of technical specifications or implementation issues and concentrates on the responsibilities of the pathologist in telepathology.
For the purpose of this document, Telepathology will be defined as electronic, multimedia communication between pathologists for the purpose of primary diagnoses and diagnostic consultation second opinion. It may also be extended to include similar diagnostic communication between other physicians (non- pathologists) and a laboratory staff by qualified laboratory personnel – trained technicians, technologists, or a pathologist’s assistants – and a remote pathologist and when the laboratory personnel is under the supervision of a pathologist.
The concepts discussed in this document should be generally applicable to all three types of telepathology; static (store and forward), dynamic (synchronous), and hybrid (static-dynamic) implementations.