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Analytical Cellular Pathology
Volume 35, Issue 1, Pages 19-23

Standardization Efforts of Digital Pathology in Europe

Marcial García Rojo,1 Christel Daniel,2 and Thomas Schrader3

1Department of Pathology, Hospital General Universitario de Ciudad Real, Ciudad Real, Spain
2ADICAP – INSERM, Paris, France
3Department of Informatics and Media, University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg Magdeburger, Brandenburg, Germany

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Background: EURO-TELEPATH is a European COST Action IC0604. It started in 2007 and will end in November 2011. Its main objectives are evaluating and validating the common technological framework and communication standards required to access, transmit, and manage digital medical records by pathologists and other medical specialties in a networked environment.

Business Modelling: Working Group 1, “Business Modelling in Pathology,” has designed main pathology processes – Frozen Study, Formalin Fixed Specimen Study, Telepathology, Cytology, and Autopsy – using Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN).

Informatics Standards in Pathology: Working Group 2 has been dedicated to promoting the application of informatics standards in pathology, collaborating with Integrating Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM), Health Level Seven (HL7), and other standardization bodies.

Conclusion: Health terminology standardization research has become a topic of great interest. Future research work should focus on standardizing automatic image analysis and tissue microarrays imaging.