Dr. Eric Glassy

Dr. Glassy is a community pathologist in Southern California and director of pathology at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, San Pedro, California. He is a member of Affiliated Pathologists Medical Group, a 40 person independent pathology group covering 15 hospitals and laboratories in California, Portland and Phoenix. He has chaired hospital and CAP national committees. He has served as chairman of the Hematology, Publications, Digital Pathology, Curriculum, and Information Technology Leadership Committees.

He has been involved with digital pathology for over 10 years and has lectured at major pathology conferences such as USCAP, CAP, ASCP, Pathology Visions, and the Royal College of Pathologists. He is past president of the Digital Pathology Association. He edited and illustrated several pathology color atlases and developed software programs for pathology reporting, outreach, and practice management. He holds a green belt in Six Sigma. He is a trustee of the American Board of Pathology as well as a governor of the College of American Pathologists.

TITLE: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Digital Pathology

Abstract

‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, a cult favourite of the 80s, recounts the destruction of earth, an alien researcher’s eponymous digital guidebook for galactic travel, and the search for the question that leads to the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

This talk follows a similar trajectory— the destruction of analog pathology and the search for a killer digital pathology app that provides the question to the final digital answer. 

Using a Digital Pathology Guidebook and his experience in roughing it around the whole slide imaging galaxy, the presenter gives a grand tour of our digital world. We will stop off at some familiar signposts along the way: education, tumor conferences, QR codes, consultations and multiplex analyses, but then explore the promise of digital pathology and how it can be integrated into current and future workflows. Hardware and software platforms have finally matured to the point that the reality of whole slide imaging is catching up with its potential. Further advances will prove that Pathology is right to double-down on a pixel-based future.
If you are at all interested in digital pathology, stick out your thumb drive and hitch a ride.

Presentation Objectives:
• Define the digital trends that are shaping our practice
• Discuss and describe the seismic shifts in the pathology workflow paradigm due to the transition  from analog to digital
• Explain how to embrace the future of e-pathology and its many use cases
• Realize the importance of image analysis in routine pathology practice

Major developments in pathology raise many questions. Be part of the discussion on the way forward.

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