Paul van Diest

Personalization session14.30-16.00


Paul J van Diest studied Medicine, did his PhD and pathology residency at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. After obtaining his Board certification (1996) he became Consultant Pathologist, then Associate Professor (1999) and full Professor (2001). Since 2003, he is Head of the Department of Pathology at the University Medical Center Utrecht, a department which has gone fully digital. He is Adjunct Professor of Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Oncology Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA, serves on the editorial board of international journals, and has been active in several international societies. He has published >800 papers in peer reviewed journals (H-index is 71), and supervised 70 PhD theses. 

PIE: The Dutch national platform for exchange of whole slide images 

PIE, The Dutch National Platform for IT in Pathology. 

Ability to exchange whole slide images between pathology labs for rapid revision and consultation is one of the assets of digital pathology. In a collaboration between the Dutch Society of Pathology and PALGA (the national Dutch Pathology Database), a national platform has been set up within The Netherlands for image exchange between the Dutch pathology labs: the PIE (Pathology Image Exchange) programme. This platform will facilitate quicker revision and re-evaluation of images and second opinions leading to more rapid diagnosis and better care for patients. In this presentation, the ins and outs of PIE will be discussed. The PIE programme may serve as an example for other countries with similar ambitions.

Presentation Paul van Diest (PDF)