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CytoJournal 2008,  5:16

Informatics applied to cytology


Department of Pathology, Division of Cytopathology, Baystate Medical Center, Tufts School of Medicine, MA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Liron Pantanowitz
Department of Pathology, Division of Cytopathology, Baystate Medical Center, Tufts School of Medicine, MA
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1742-6413.44773

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Automation and emerging information technologies are being adopted by cytology laboratories to augment Pap test screening and improve diagnostic accuracy. As a result, informatics, the application of computers and information systems to information management, has become essential for the successful operation of the cytopathology laboratory. This review describes how laboratory information management systems can be used to achieve an automated and seamless workflow process. The utilization of software, electronic databases and spreadsheets to perform necessary quality control measures are discussed, as well as a Lean production system and Six Sigma approach, to reduce errors in the cytopathology laboratory.






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