Digital workflow management for quality assessment in pathology

Pathol Res Pract. 2008;204(1):17-21. doi: 10.1016/j.prp.2007.12.001.


Information systems (IS) are well established in the multitude of departments and practices of pathology. Apart from being a collection of doctor's reports, IS can be used to organize and evaluate workflow processes. We report on such a digital workflow management using IS at the Department of Pathology, University Hospital Magdeburg, Germany, and present an evaluation of workflow data collected over a whole year. This allows us to measure workflow processes and to distinguish the effects of alterations in the workflow for quality assessment. Moreover, digital workflow management provides the basis for the integration of diagnostic virtual microscopy.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Laboratory Information Systems / organization & administration
  • Clinical Laboratory Information Systems / standards*
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Germany
  • Hospital Information Systems / organization & administration
  • Hospital Information Systems / standards*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / standards*
  • Online Systems / organization & administration
  • Online Systems / standards*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / standards*
  • Pathology Department, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Pathology Department, Hospital / standards*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Control
  • Specimen Handling / standards*
  • Systems Integration*
  • Task Performance and Analysis
  • Time Factors
  • User-Computer Interface
  • Workload