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The Free Diagnostic Pathology Software Project


I’ve been approached a couple of times by people asking me if I know of any software to organise the workflow, instrument booking in a science lab. I’ve seen a couple but they seem rather expensive and focussed on proprietary platforms.

I just read an interesting article describing a FileMaker-based software project generated by a NHS histopathology laboratory describing their work on a laboratory workflow tool used to capture information.

Many histopathology laboratories are using antiquated reporting software. Upgrading to a more modern system is expensive. Even the more modern systems often lack the technology needed for pathologists to efficiently report complex cases allowing workflow to be visually managed and supporting the use of customisable templates and proformas. They are often difficult to use across multiple sites. We have developed web based reporting software that overcomes these difficulties. This has been used to report thousands of cases; many complex tumour cases requiring key data element capture.

There is an online demo, and you can download the software to try it out using the 30-day demo license from FileMaker.

They are now near to completing a much more sophisticated version of the software written specifically for Filemaker 13, and exploiting the the improved functionality of the HTML5 based WebDirect browser access, and access via the FileMaker Go app on iPad and iPhone. This version of the software is also being adapted for use in other areas of clinical medicine, including breast surgery. This version works beautifully on mobile devices, together with web browsers, PCs and Macs.

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