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Informatics allows pathologists to utilize big data from digital imaging, while continuously managing the system’s workflow.

For Joel Saltz, MD, PhD, FACMI, chair of biomedical informatics at Stony Brook Medicine, informatics is critical to successfully develop methods of using technology to enhance cancer treatments. Saltz’s team was tasked with developing tools to improve the National Cancer Institute’s Imaging Archive, a major source used for clinicians and researchers. 

Saltz’s work shows the importance of using informatics to improve consistency in image readings, allowing pathologists to easily share data among physicians.

Why informatics? So, physicians can take digital action against potentially aggressive cancers.