PATHLOGIX software provides for the use of preloaded text for gross descriptions, microscopic descriptions, diagnoses, comments, and addendums. A glossary with more than 800 diagnoses and microscopic descriptions is preloaded for easy editing and customization. The user may quickly add and edit descriptions using Microsoft Word techniques. Free text can be typed in or transcribed from dictation or voice recognition.
Patient Procedure History
The sophisticated procedure history feature searches the database of existing cases for a given patient’s prior biopsies. The results of the automatic search are visible on screen (and, if desired, on the printed report) without additional keystrokes. Procedure history for surgical pathology appears for cytology and vice versa.
Special Stains Tracking
Order additional slides such as special stains and deeper levels for a given case. A report of that day’s special stains order can be printed for the laboratory that prepares the slides. Pending additional slides receive special attention until they are received and read.
The PATHLOGIX histology system is fully integrated with the surgical pathology software. This significantly increases the speed and efficiency of both histology and pathology activities. Information is entered only once, even if the histology is done by an outside laboratory at a separate location.
Companion PATHLOGIX software is available that lets pathologists work from anywhere by Internet, that enables referring physicians to post information on new cases, and that enables referring physicians to look up, retrieve, and print past and current surgical pathology cases over the Internet.
PATHLOGIX billing software and service is available, and billing interfaces to other billing software are available or can be provided.
Cases can be signed electronically. The pathologist inputs his or her personal code to simultaneously sign and finalize the case.
Automated Look-up of ICD-9 and CPT Codes
ICD-9 and CPT codes can be linked to descriptions and automatically looked up or can be entered individually. The ICD-9 code and CPT codes are sent to billing software or are printed on a charge list (billing report) to increase accuracy and save staff time. The codes also print out on the pathology report if desired.
Billing Report (Charge List)
The charge list reports all the cases completed on a certain day or during any specified time period, along with the relevant billing information. The date of service for pathology is efficiently separated from the date of service for obtaining the specimen itself, thereby increasing the financial collection rate.
Amended Report Facilitator
Amended reports, addenda reports, corrected reports, and other types of additional reports are generated quickly and easily by making maximum use of information contained in the original report.
The database of existing cases can be searched according to key words or letters in the diagnosis. If desired, searches can be limited to a certain pathologist or referring physician or a specified time period.
The accession log reports cases according to date received. If desired, the log can be prepared for each physician or for any specified time period. It can be printed by flexible criteria, such as alphabetically by the patient’s last name.
The biopsy log reports cases according to date received. The log contains a wide range of information including the diagnosis. The report can be prepared for each individual physician and/or by any designated time period.
Pathology Follow-up Log
A log records the results of a search for cases that have a treatment plan but do not document that treatment has been performed. This enhances communication between the doctor and staff arranging follow-up treatment. It helps prevent biopsies of malignancies from “falling through the cracks.” This feature improves patient care and may reduce the likelihood of accusations of medical malpractice.
Malignancy Rate Analysis
Medicare auditors sometimes request an analysis of the percentage of malignant cases. The malignancy rate analysis helps the physician monitor his/her percentage of malignant cases. Diagnoses are classified as malignant, premalignant/atypical, inflammatory or benign. The computer calculation is made for any time period specified by the user.
Summarize at a glance the results of a search of the database for all biopsies for a given patient. This is useful to have in the clinic charts of patients with a history of multiple biopsies.
Clinical History, Pre-operative Diagnosis
If clinical history is entered, it will appear as a section of the report at the discretion of the user.
If frozen sections are entered, they will appear as a separate section of the report.
Fully integrated special report formats are available for bone marrow, flow cytometry, immunoperoxidase, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy reports.