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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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Potential opportunities for PI to enhance the value of pathology, adapted from Louis et al.[1]
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Figure 5: Potential opportunities for PI to enhance the value of pathology, adapted from Louis et al.[1]

Mentions: Pathology informaticists are aware of the potential that informatics applications have to enhance pathologists’ ability to provide clinically actionable information by capitalizing on their unique expertise in laboratory and tissue diagnostics. The resulting improvements in patient care could further demonstrate the value of the pathologist's role. Potential opportunities for PI to enhance the value of pathology include the computational pathology initiative proposed by Louis et al., as shown in Figure 5.[1] Realizing these opportunities will require contributions from pathologists representing a range of subspecialties and practice types, and close collaboration between pathology informaticists and other pathologists. Such collaborations might require a foundational understanding of PI by many pathologists. Accurate insight into noninformatics pathologists’ perceptions of PI could help guide and improve the development of educational efforts for them. By improving their understanding of what PI can and cannot do, greater acceptance and adoption of PI by noninformatics pathologists could happen.


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)

Potential opportunities for PI to enhance the value of pathology, adapted from Louis et al.[1]
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4837799&req=5

Figure 5: Potential opportunities for PI to enhance the value of pathology, adapted from Louis et al.[1]
Mentions: Pathology informaticists are aware of the potential that informatics applications have to enhance pathologists’ ability to provide clinically actionable information by capitalizing on their unique expertise in laboratory and tissue diagnostics. The resulting improvements in patient care could further demonstrate the value of the pathologist's role. Potential opportunities for PI to enhance the value of pathology include the computational pathology initiative proposed by Louis et al., as shown in Figure 5.[1] Realizing these opportunities will require contributions from pathologists representing a range of subspecialties and practice types, and close collaboration between pathology informaticists and other pathologists. Such collaborations might require a foundational understanding of PI by many pathologists. Accurate insight into noninformatics pathologists’ perceptions of PI could help guide and improve the development of educational efforts for them. By improving their understanding of what PI can and cannot do, greater acceptance and adoption of PI by noninformatics pathologists could happen.

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