In these turbulent times, healthcare practices must adapt to the evolving needs of their patients. How is that impacting the direction of a pathologist’s role? And how will those role changes impact patient care? 

Recently, Greg Osmond, MD, chief medical officer at PathologyWatch, joined Rishi Desai, MD, host of the podcast Raise the Line, to discuss the future role of pathologists on the care team and how pathology is changing, especially in light of the emergence of AI technology. 

Here are some highlights from Greg and Rishi’s interview:

What are the benefits of pathologists being more visible to patients?

Greg: As a clinician, when you need answers—and there are a host of variants that can be the cause—you need qualified and highly trained people that you trust to sort out those variables. That’s one of the main drivers of involving pathologists more directly in patient care. 

What future role will pathologists fulfill for healthcare and health organizations? 

Greg: I believe we’ll see a transition from working exclusively behind the scenes to a public-facing role. Hospitals and organizations are increasingly looking for ways to integrate points of patient care into a comprehensive, holistic care plan to give the best patient outcomes. Pathologists are best suited for that role. 

How is the industry responding to the transition from glass slides to digital?

Greg: Many pathologists are waiting to see how this move toward digital innovation plays out. The industry investment into digital pathology is massive and will change healthcare within the next five years. 

Don’t miss this fascinating interview! Click here for the full podcast, and learn more about the important points doctors need to understand about digital pathology and other emerging modalities that are sure to change the practice of pathology in the coming decade.