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Rocky road to digital diagnostics: implementation issues and exhilarating experiences
  1. Nikolaos Stathonikos,
  2. Tri Q Nguyen,
  3. Paul J van Diest
  1. Pathology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Professor Paul J van Diest, Pathology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht 3508, Georgia, Netherlands; p.j.vandiest{at}


Since 2007, we have gradually been building up infrastructure for digital pathology, starting with a whole slide scanner park to build up a digital archive to streamline doing multidisciplinary meetings, student teaching and research, culminating in a full digital diagnostic workflow where we are currently integrating artificial intelligence algorithms. In this paper, we highlight the different steps in this process towards digital diagnostics, which was at times a rocky road with definitely issues in implementation, but eventually an exciting new way to practice pathology in a more modern and efficient way where patient safety has clearly gone up.

  • pathology department
  • hospital
  • image processing
  • computer-assisted
  • computer systems
  • medical informatics computing
  • quality assurance
  • health care

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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