"More on 'bricks' and 'clicks'" is my my opinion article, kindly published by RCPath in the July 2020 issue of The Bulletin of the #RCPath.
Ronald Heifetz, a physician and Harvard leadership scholar, said that ‘the single biggest failure of leadership is to treat adaptive challenges like technical problems.’ For pathologists, these will always be clinical challenges. As in any walk of knowledge work, that of pathologists will remain "ever-changing and dynamic" and dependent on the evolving knowledge base and skills. With that in mind, limiting our ambition only to procuring digital pathology kit and minor modification of organisational charts and processes to comply with governmental initiatives and improve performance would be the biggest mistake we can make. To safeguard our service to the patients, we need a comprehensive strategic rethink of the way we organise and deliver histopathology service and utilise a digital platform and emerging computational pathology to address the key challenges of the future.
Unfortunately, the article is submitted before #dPath20 events, so I did not have a chance to incorporate insights that further reinforced the concept of distributed pathology on a digital pathology platform.
And we will continue with #dPath20 after the summer break. We would like to thank our colleagues participating from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA. We are sure that we will be able to build the vibrant, global community of pathologists, scientists, IT professionals, and administrators, as well as colleagues from academia and industry who are as passionate as we are about pathology and who want to collaborate and share solutions.