Pathology Information System
Can be used as a stand-alone system for anatomic pathology
Orchard® Pathology from Orchard Software, Carmel, Ind, is a pathology information system designed to meet the current and future trends in pathology and handle the complexities of clinical, molecular, and pathology testing and reporting. Orchard Pathology can be used as a stand-alone system for anatomic pathology testing or as a complete system that includes clinical and molecular testing. The shared database used by these various diagnostic disciplines provides access to the patient’s entire history and enables the consolidation of clinical results to the cytology or pathology report. Image-management tools make it easy to link digital images, annotated diagrams, and scanned documents to case worksheets and incorporate them onto patient reports. Information on each report is stored in discrete data fields that enhance EMR integration and simplify the process to mine data for evaluations, correlation studies, quality assurance, regulatory, statistical, and many other management reports.
Monoclonal PAX8 Antibody
Designed for specific epitope targeting
Biocare Medical LLC, Concord, Calif, introduces a mouse monoclonal PAX8 antibody. The PAX8 mouse clone (BC12) has been designed for specific epitope targeting. The monoclonal PAX8 does not stain B-cells, cells of pancreatic origin, or neuroendocrine cells of the stomach or colon. This antibody also has lower nonspecific background staining as well as lot-to-lot consistency. PAX8 is a member of the paired box (PAX) family of transcription factors, which plays critical roles during fetal development and cancer growth. The PAX8 monoclonal antibody can also be paired with additional antibodies to increase sensitivity or for tumor-of-unknown-origin identification. PAX8, in combination with renal cell carcinoma marker (RCCm), stains more than 90% of primary tumors and 85% of metastatic renal cell carcinomas. For identification of tumors of unknown origin, PAX8 can be used in a panel with a CD10 antibody.
ERG-2 Multiplex IHC
Provides a unique stain that clearly visualizes ERG-positive PIN
The ERG-2 Multiplex IHC from Biocare Medical, Concord, Calif, provides the combination of ERG, a definitive marker of the TMPRSS2-ERG chromosomal translocation, and CK5, a key basal cell layer marker that identifies benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN). The TMPRSS2-ERG fusion gene has recently been found to be the most frequent gene rearrangement in prostate cancers, occurring in 45% to 65% of North American patients. Studies have shown a strong concordance with ERG-positive PIN in ERG-positive carcinoma in prostatectomies, with 99.9% specificity. The combination of the TMPRSS2-ERG chromosomal translocation in prostate cancer (identified by DAB), offers a rare, but definitive marker of adenocarcinoma of prostatic origin with the easy-to-recognize architecture of PIN, identified by CK5 (Warp Red). This provides a unique stain that clearly visualizes ERG-positive PIN and provides a unique opportunity to identify a potentially clinically significant subset of prostate cancer patients by IHC.
Web- and mobile-based solution
ARUP Consult® from ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, is a physician’s guide to laboratory test selection and interpretation. This Web- and mobile-based product offers point-of-care access for health care providers and encourages improved patient care and reduced health care costs. It includes content authored by experts at the University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories; algorithms to support clinical decision-making; clinical background, diagnostic advice, screening and monitoring recommendations, and test-selection guidance; and references hyperlinked to leading journals and guidelines.
Addresses ergonomics and user safety
Thermo Scientific Anatomical Pathology, Kalamazoo, Mich, offers the Thermo Scientific CryoStar NX70 Cryostat, the newest addition to the company’s cryostat portfolio. It addresses critical market trends such as ergonomics and user safety. Features include electronic height adjustment, comfortable form-fit design, and motorized sectioning. It also features touch screen and joystick control, which allows the user to easily control many cryostat functions. User safety is addressed with an optional cold disinfection system that allows users to disinfect the entire cryochamber in minutes without changing the chamber temperature.
Thermo Scientific Anatomical Pathology
Automated Slide Stainer
For immunohistochemical preparation of patient slides
The intelliPATH™ system from Biocare Medical, Concord, Calif, is an automated slide stainer for immunohistochemical preparation of patient slides for pathology and research laboratories. The intelliPATH is a fully open system, allowing the maximum flexibility of reagents from any source. The instrument allows on-demand workflow utilizing continuous random access, by running up to five simultaneous and independent batches, reducing lab schedule limitations. Prioritized STAT samples can be added at any time, without disrupting runs that are in-progress. The solution features simultaneous Multiplex IHC and high-throughput 50-slide run capacity. The intelliPATH also includes smart features such as positive ID for patient slides and reagents, reagent inventory tracking, LIS compatibility, and multiple instrument connectivity, among others.
Eligibility Verification Software
Provides an estimated cost per test
To reduce rejected claims, payors and providers generally agree that eligibility and benefit verification should be performed on every patient prior to services rendered. Eligibility Verification from 4medica, Culver City, Calif, is a cost-effective way for organizations to validate coverage prior to ordering, and allows for payment collection by providing an estimated cost per test. By using specific insurance details (eg, copay percentage, deductible) to calculate the patient’s estimated responsibilities, organizations are able to collect payment before the submission of orders, and are able to report on all transaction details (per transaction, per facility).
Mobile App Desktop
Log onto a virtual desktop to view and consult in real time with patients
4medica, Culver City, Calif, offers Lab4 Mobile for SmartPhones. The mobile application is secure and designed to be compliant with HIPAA regulations. With Lab4 Mobile for SmartPhones, physicians can search for a patient and his/her demographics, review lab and pathology results, access census data, review trends, and take immediate action. It allows physicians to manage caseloads any time, and features log-in capabilities from smartphones or mobile devices such as an iPad. Log onto a virtual desktop to view and consult in real time with patients on abnormal lab results, and quickly view your patient demographics.