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Perceptions of pathology informatics by non-informaticist pathologists and trainees.

Walker A, Garcia C, Baron JM, Gudewicz TM, Gilbertson JR, Henricks WH, Lee RE - J Pathol Inform (2016)

Bottom Line: Differences in departmental informatics culture can be attributed to the varying perceptions of PI by different individuals.Incorrect perceptions exist, such as conflating PI with IT and help desk services, even among those who claim to understand PI.Further efforts by the PI community could address such misperceptions, which could help enable a better understanding of what PI is and is not, and potentially lead to increased acceptance by non-informaticist pathologists.

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Affiliation: Cleveland Clinic, Robert J. Tomisch Institute of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Cleveland, OH 44120, USA.

ABSTRACT

Background: Although pathology informatics (PI) is essential to modern pathology practice, the field is often poorly understood. Pathologists who have received little to no exposure to informatics, either in training or in practice, may not recognize the roles that informatics serves in pathology. The purpose of this study was to characterize perceptions of PI by noninformatics-oriented pathologists and to do so at two large centers with differing informatics environments.

Methods: Pathology trainees and staff at Cleveland Clinic (CC) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) were surveyed. At MGH, pathology department leadership has promoted a pervasive informatics presence through practice, training, and research. At CC, PI efforts focus on production systems that serve a multi-site integrated health system and a reference laboratory, and on the development of applications oriented to department operations. The survey assessed perceived definition of PI, interest in PI, and perceived utility of PI.

Results: The survey was completed by 107 noninformatics-oriented pathologists and trainees. A majority viewed informatics positively. Except among MGH trainees, confusion of PI with information technology (IT) and help desk services was prominent, even in those who indicated they understood informatics. Attendings and trainees indicated desire to learn more about PI. While most acknowledged that having some level of PI knowledge would be professionally useful and advantageous, only a minority plan to utilize it.

Conclusions: Informatics is viewed positively by the majority of noninformatics pathologists at two large centers with differing informatics orientations. Differences in departmental informatics culture can be attributed to the varying perceptions of PI by different individuals. Incorrect perceptions exist, such as conflating PI with IT and help desk services, even among those who claim to understand PI. Further efforts by the PI community could address such misperceptions, which could help enable a better understanding of what PI is and is not, and potentially lead to increased acceptance by non-informaticist pathologists.

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Considerably more respondents from Massachusetts General Hospital than Cleveland Clinic found informatics “exciting.” However, over half of respondents in all groups wanted to learn more about pathology informatics
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Figure 2: Considerably more respondents from Massachusetts General Hospital than Cleveland Clinic found informatics “exciting.” However, over half of respondents in all groups wanted to learn more about pathology informatics

Mentions: However, 52% of CC attendings and 76% of CC trainees did express a desire to learn more about PI, as did 66% of their MGH counterparts [Figure 2]. Among respondents who found informatics exciting, 83% wanted to learn more about PI. The most pronounced difference in response rate between the institutions was observed in two questions designed to assess the impact of institutional culture on PI perceptions. About 92% of MGH attendings and 75% of MGH trainees believe that their department places a high value on PI activities, in contrast to 61% of CC attendings and 36% of CC trainees. Respondent opinions regarding the value placed on PI education by their institution's residency program were in the same vein, with 24% and 14% of CC attendings and trainees, respectively, feeling that PI education was valued highly. MGH respondents felt differently about PI education in their residency program, with 72% of attendings and 50% of trainees agreeing that PI education was highly valued [Figure 3]. About 57% and 66% of respondents who believed that their department and residency program valued PI also found PI to be exciting, while only 40% and 14% of those who did not feel that their department and residency program valued PI did so.


Perceptions of pathology informatics by non-informaticist pathologists and trainees.

Walker A, Garcia C, Baron JM, Gudewicz TM, Gilbertson JR, Henricks WH, Lee RE - J Pathol Inform (2016)

Considerably more respondents from Massachusetts General Hospital than Cleveland Clinic found informatics “exciting.” However, over half of respondents in all groups wanted to learn more about pathology informatics
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Figure 2: Considerably more respondents from Massachusetts General Hospital than Cleveland Clinic found informatics “exciting.” However, over half of respondents in all groups wanted to learn more about pathology informatics
Mentions: However, 52% of CC attendings and 76% of CC trainees did express a desire to learn more about PI, as did 66% of their MGH counterparts [Figure 2]. Among respondents who found informatics exciting, 83% wanted to learn more about PI. The most pronounced difference in response rate between the institutions was observed in two questions designed to assess the impact of institutional culture on PI perceptions. About 92% of MGH attendings and 75% of MGH trainees believe that their department places a high value on PI activities, in contrast to 61% of CC attendings and 36% of CC trainees. Respondent opinions regarding the value placed on PI education by their institution's residency program were in the same vein, with 24% and 14% of CC attendings and trainees, respectively, feeling that PI education was valued highly. MGH respondents felt differently about PI education in their residency program, with 72% of attendings and 50% of trainees agreeing that PI education was highly valued [Figure 3]. About 57% and 66% of respondents who believed that their department and residency program valued PI also found PI to be exciting, while only 40% and 14% of those who did not feel that their department and residency program valued PI did so.

Bottom Line: Differences in departmental informatics culture can be attributed to the varying perceptions of PI by different individuals.Incorrect perceptions exist, such as conflating PI with IT and help desk services, even among those who claim to understand PI.Further efforts by the PI community could address such misperceptions, which could help enable a better understanding of what PI is and is not, and potentially lead to increased acceptance by non-informaticist pathologists.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Cleveland Clinic, Robert J. Tomisch Institute of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Cleveland, OH 44120, USA.

ABSTRACT

Background: Although pathology informatics (PI) is essential to modern pathology practice, the field is often poorly understood. Pathologists who have received little to no exposure to informatics, either in training or in practice, may not recognize the roles that informatics serves in pathology. The purpose of this study was to characterize perceptions of PI by noninformatics-oriented pathologists and to do so at two large centers with differing informatics environments.

Methods: Pathology trainees and staff at Cleveland Clinic (CC) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) were surveyed. At MGH, pathology department leadership has promoted a pervasive informatics presence through practice, training, and research. At CC, PI efforts focus on production systems that serve a multi-site integrated health system and a reference laboratory, and on the development of applications oriented to department operations. The survey assessed perceived definition of PI, interest in PI, and perceived utility of PI.

Results: The survey was completed by 107 noninformatics-oriented pathologists and trainees. A majority viewed informatics positively. Except among MGH trainees, confusion of PI with information technology (IT) and help desk services was prominent, even in those who indicated they understood informatics. Attendings and trainees indicated desire to learn more about PI. While most acknowledged that having some level of PI knowledge would be professionally useful and advantageous, only a minority plan to utilize it.

Conclusions: Informatics is viewed positively by the majority of noninformatics pathologists at two large centers with differing informatics orientations. Differences in departmental informatics culture can be attributed to the varying perceptions of PI by different individuals. Incorrect perceptions exist, such as conflating PI with IT and help desk services, even among those who claim to understand PI. Further efforts by the PI community could address such misperceptions, which could help enable a better understanding of what PI is and is not, and potentially lead to increased acceptance by non-informaticist pathologists.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus