I think the synoptic report change will benefit everyone: surgical pathologists, molecular pathologists, and other laboratory professionals, and most of all, the patient; it will help get the best molecular answer in the shortest time possible.
Despite efforts to maximize the completeness and potential accuracy of reporting by the introduction of a synoptic report, it remains unknown whether the assessment of rectal cancer specimens by a subspecialist pathologist confers any additional benefit.
3) In practical terms, it is difficult to simply use a synoptic report designed for a different organ system, such as colorectal tumors for CNS tumors, and it is quite likely that very few neuropathologists have adopted synoptic reporting.
Results of descriptive statistics revealed that based on a 5 point Likert scale, with 5 indicating synoptic reports are significantly better than narrative reports, the vast majority of physicians who responded reported that the standardized synoptic pathology reports were significantly better than narrative reports for all items, with mean scores ranging from 3.
Other new features include fully integrated Microsoft Word Synoptic reports, which allow unlimited formats, import of lab results, and graphic images for enhanced appearance and detail, tools to streamline regulatory review processes of CLIA, CAP and ASCP with statistical analysis and comprehensive QA reporting; and creation of criteria for auto-assigning cases.
The participants were asked to record the type and total number of missing required elements from the reports and to provide information on the percentage of the reports that included a standardized/ uniform listing of required data elements or synoptic reports.