New development of a cytological examination ordering system at Osaka National Hospital

Kunimitsu Kawahara, Akira Kimura, Atsuhiko Okagaki, Yoshihisa Fujita, Akira Kawano, Teruko Hayashi, Sumiko Oohashi, Ryohei Todo, Akihiko Kurata, Hideo Kusuoka

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Effective and rapid use of cytological data are issue in Japan. We addressed this problem by development of an ordering system for cytological examinations at Osaka National Hospital. This system is located in the department of pathology and is a client-server system that consisted of 1 server and 6 clients. Five of the 6 clients are related to cytology and there are connections to microscopes with digital cameras. One client is for acceptance of cytological specimens at the department of pathology. Through a local area network, 100 Mbps, this system is connected to the hospital information system, which is of the order-entry type. After a clinician orders a cytological examination, these data are sent to both the Accounts and Pathology departments. A small bar-code label is simultaneously printed out, which is stuck on the form. By checking this label at the department of pathology by using a label reader, relevant clinical information is sent to the pathology server. After the cytological diagnosis has been made by senior cytotechnologist and cytopathologist, data on the diagnosis and microscopic images are sent to the hospital information system. Thus, clinicians can review the cytological diagnosis together with the photomicrographs. This new cytology system has brought great benefits to both cytotechnologist and clinicians with regard to the rapid transfer of cytological examination, and it seems to contribute to more advanced and efficient medical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)630-634
Number of pages5
JournalRinsho byori. The Japanese journal of clinical pathology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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