Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology

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Published August 2014

This document is an update to the original ATA guideline and provides new and updated guidance on specific applications, practice, benefits, limitations, and regulatory issues that may arise in the practice of telepathology.  This guideline covers clinical applications of telepathology to include primary diagnosis, intraoperative consultations, secondary consultations, and quality assurance that may result in amended cases. The recommendations apply to all types of telepathology configurations, regardless of the hardware device utilized, including static (store and forward), dynamic (synchronous) and hybrid static-dynamic implementations. The effort was led by Liron Pantanowitz, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Pathology.