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Samsung Medical Center, at the forefront of digital pathology in Korea

2019-10-23

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Digital pathology solution, the last piece to a complete digital pathology workflow

Slide take-outs & returns reduced, while overall work efficiency increased

Why INFINITT Healthcare: seamless interface with EHR, advanced imaging technology, and strong maintenance support

 

Samsung Medical Center (SMC) is one of the leading general hospitals in Korea, equipped with more than 2,000 beds. SMC’s vision is to realize “medical innovation for patient well-being” through its top-class medical specialists and advanced medical systems.  

SMC’s pathology department was the very first in Korea to adopt a digital pathology solution back in April, 2019. We interviewed two professors from the pathology team about the adoption process and the reasons for choosing INFINITT Digital Pathology Solution. Professor Sang-yong Song has been at the forefront of the adoption process, and Professor Kee-taek Jang is the current head of the department and the main operator of the solution.

 

Q. SMC is the first hospital in Korea to implement digital pathology. What sparked your interests in digital pathology and eventually led to the adoption?

Professor Jang The traditional method of managing and reading from glass slides had many limitations. The storage space for slides was limited compared to the increasing number of pathology exams. And it was very time-consuming and inefficient to find and review the slides for reading or research. So I took an interest in digital pathology as a possible solution to our problems.

Professor Song I began to really think about the future of pathology when I undertook the position of an executive director for the Korean Society of Pathology (KSP) in the early 2000s. I felt the field of pathology was slowly losing momentum as it relied too much on microscopes and had little interactions with other disciplines. Then I had the opportunity to attend a symposium on the future of pathology in Chicago, United States. Seeing what the world-class American pathologists were discussing there, it became clear to me that the future lies in digital pathology and molecular pathology. So I began to look into digital pathology myself. Afterwards I became the director of planning and education for KSP, and I took the opportunity to replace the glass slides used during monthly seminars to digital slides. It was a meaningful experience, because we didn’t have any difficulties using digital slides to observe, analyze and diagnose even the most complex cases.

Professor Jang I was quite impressed with the keynote session by Google at the AACR (American Association for Cancer Research) conference in 2018. It was about how artificial intelligence helps pathologists read faster and more accurately. They also introduced an AI microscope enabled with augmented reality technology. As a pathologist looks through the microscope, it would analyze the tissues in real time to locate any tumors with high probability of being malignant. Since then, I became more interested in digital pathology, knowing that it’s a prerequisite for AI research.

 

Q. What was the main purpose behind adopting the digital pathology solution?

Professor Song If a slide scanner is the muscular system of your body, a digital pathology solution is the nervous system. It takes in and processes information to your brain and spinal cord so the body can react and function accordingly. This means that the scanner alone cannot make up digital pathology, and must need a solution to connect to the hospital network. Our goal is to establish a complete digital pathology system, and to use the digitalized pathology data for AI research, multidisciplinary care and collaboration.

Professor Jang We adopted the digital pathology solution so we can better archive, manage, read and utilize the slides based on a digital workflow. In particular, we can read more accurately with a solution because it helps catch details we might miss with the naked eye. This is important because it directly relates to patient safety and satisfaction. Also, our pathology department has plans to move out of the main hospital to an external building. So we need a solution that’d enable remote sharing of pathology results and findings with the main hospital.

 

Q. Why did you choose to adopt INFINITT Healthcare’s solution among others?

Professor Jang We looked at how smoothly it can interface with our EHR. We thought INFINITT Healthcare would be a great fit since they’re strong at not only system interfaces but also medical imaging in general. And of course their radiology PACS is quite well-acknowledged in the industry.

Professor Song There are many foreign companies providing digital pathology solutions. But because INFINITT Healthcare is a domestic-based company, they can provide us with faster, more reliable maintenance support. Also, there are more opportunities for us to collaborate with them since digital pathology is at an early stage in Korea.

 

Q. What has changed the most since the adoption?

Professor Jang Overall work burden that went into storing, taking out and returning slides has been reduced. We can easily and quickly look up digital slides on the solution, whenever we need to refer to past slides for reading or research. It’s also very convenient during conferences, since we can directly open up and discuss relevant slides together.

 

Q. There are many pathologists in Korea considering the adoption of a digital pathology solution. Could you offer them a piece of advice as a forerunner?

Professor Song New attempts of any kind are scary and uncomfortable. It’s like that feeling you get when you enter a new classroom for the first time in a new school year. However, if microscopic cell observation is the current year, digital pathology is the next. I’d like to say that now is the time we must prepare ourselves for the next year.

Professor Jang Digital pathology has just started out in Korea, so there aren’t many references. We’re still learning ourselves as well, exploring the scope of digital pathology and gradually expanding its use. I just hope that our narratives and studies at SMC could contribute to the overall growth of digital pathology in Korea.

 

 

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For disclosure of personal information to third parties, INFINITT will ask for your consent in advance and notify you individually of the following: to whom the information is disclosed, their key businesses, specific items of information to be disclosed, and purpose of the disclosure.

 

For the following cases, we may disclose your personal information upon obtaining your consent through a legitimate process.

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By rule, INFINITT will dispose of your personal information when you request for the disposal or once the purpose of collection and usage has been fulfilled. But when there is a need for retention due to internal policies and/or subordinate legislation, we will keep your information for the period specified in the legislation.

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① Records on sales/product inquiries or searches, withdrawal from contracts/subcontracts, customer complaints or dispute handling: 5 years (Consumer Protection in E-commerce)

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③ Records on customer complaints or dispute handlings: 3 years (Consumer Protection in E-commerce)

④ To prevent user activities based on impure motives and to secure evidential materials in case of disputes: 3 months temporary retention (from the day of consent withdrawal)

⑤ Evidential records for a violation of internal policies (i.e. Illegal usage history): 1 year

 

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INFINITT may update its Privacy Policy from time to time. However, we do not reduce your rights stated in this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. Any changes made to the Privacy Policy will be updated on this page.

 

 

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INFINITT strives to provide services that you can trust and rely on. We promise to commit to the protection of your information.

  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013

Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ISO/IEC 27001 is the highest international standard for assessing information security management.

INFINITT received the certification for ISO/IEC 27001 in 2016 and has been qualified ever since.

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HIPAA is an act enacted to strengthen privacy, security, and reliability of health information in the United States. INFINITT adheres to all of HIPAA requirements from the early stages of product design.

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In efforts to comply with GDPR and to effectively manage and protect personal information, INFINITT received the certification for BS 10012:2017 in 2018 and has been qualified ever since.

 

 

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or INFINITT’s privacy practices, please contact us at:

 

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For additional counselling on infringement of personal information, please contact the following organizations:

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INFINITT Healthcare (“INFINITT” or “we”) strictly abides by all domestic and overseas privacy legislations including information network laws (for encouraging use of information network and protecting the information), privacy laws, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), etc. This is an overview of how INFINITT collects, uses, discloses and disposes personally identifiable information of visitors (“users” or “you”) of our website. We ask you to agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions by checking “I have read and agreed to the privacy policy.” (in the Contact Us page or inquiry pop-ups). The information we collect upon your approval will be used for the management of INFINITT website. You are not required to provide the personal information we request, but please note that if you choose not to, your access to services provided by INFINITT can be limited.

 

 

Collection of Personal Information

 

INFINITT collects the following information in order to provide the most appropriate and convenient services to our users.

The following information are collected from sales inquiries, product searches and exhibition scheduling, etc:

  • Contact Us
    Required(*): Full Name, Facility/Company, Country, Email Address, Phone Number
    Optional: Solution/Service of Interest, Comments
  • Case Study
    Required(*): Full Name, Facility/Company, Country, Email Address, Phone Number
    Optional: Solution/Service of Interest, Comments
  • Exhibition
    Required(*): Full Name, Facility/Company, Country, Email Address, Phone Number, Attending Exhibition, Date of Preference
    Optional: Solution/Service of Interest, Comments  

 

The following information are automatically collected from users and anonymized for any user-specific or device-specific data:

  • IP Address*, Cookies**, Records of Service Usage***, Records of Misuse, Device Information, ADID and IDFA information automatically collected from service usage.
    *IP(Internet Protocol) Address is online address information assigned to each PC or device using the internet.
    **Cookies are very small-sized text files saved in the user’s PC at the point of website access through a web browser. Next time the user accesses the website, the website server reads these cookie files and provides the same service settings as before. The user can choose to allow automatic cookie saves, to check each time a cookie is saved, or to reject cookie saves entirely. Please note that rejecting cookie saves could result in your inconvenience.
    ***Records of Service Usage are logs of: date of access, list of services used, and any normal/abnormal logs generated during usage.
     

 

INFINITT uses Clicky* web analytics to log and analyze the traffic to our website. A unique ID tracking cookie is used for the legitimate purpose of identifying unique visitors. The following information are collected:

  • URL & title of pages viewed
  • URL & title of any links that are clicked on pages viewed
  • Referrer
  • Browser language
  • Screen resolution
  • x/y coordinates of mouse events
  • Unique ID tracking cookie (UID)
  • IP address
  • Custom data**
    *Clicky's privacy policy here.
    **Custom data details here.

 

 

Use of Personal Information

 

INFINITT uses the collected information to provide, maintain and improve our services, to develop new services, and to protect INFINITT and our users.

  • We may announce the release of new products, software updates and corporate news using the collected information.
  • We may develop, manage, provide and improve our products, services, contents and advertisements, and also prevent loss and fraud using the collected information.
  • We may identify individual users and/or appropriate services for users using the collected information.
  • We may notify important changes made to policy statements or terms and conditions using the collected information.
  • We may use the collected information for internal use such as audit, data analysis and research for the purpose of improving INFINITT products and services. All the information collected will only be used for purposes set out by this Privacy Policy. For purposes outside of this Policy, we will ask for your consent in advance.

All the information collected will only be used for purposes set out by this Privacy Policy. For purposes outside of this Policy, we will ask for your consent in advance.

 

 

Disclosure of Personal Information

 

For disclosure of personal information to third parties, INFINITT will ask for your consent in advance and notify you individually of the following: to whom the information is disclosed, their key businesses, specific items of information to be disclosed, and purpose of the disclosure.

 

For the following cases, we may disclose your personal information upon obtaining your consent through a legitimate process.

  • Partnership: we may share your personal information with strategic partners for the provision of better INFINITT services. In such cases, we will notify you individually in advance of the following information: name of the partner company, items of personal information to be disclosed, purpose of the disclosure, period of retention, and privacy protection procedures. We will never disclose any information without your consent, and we will also notify you of any changes to or termination of the partnership. Once the partnership is terminated, we will dispose of your personal information unless you agree to its retention. Even if you agree to its retention, you may withdraw your consent at anytime.
  • Subcontracting: we may subcontract the handling of your personal information for smoother business operations and provision of better services. In such cases, we will notify you in advance of the following information: name of the subcontractor, scope of personal information to be disclosed, and purpose, period and process of subcontracting.
  • Sales, M&A: in case the rights and obligations of INFINITT service provider is succeeded or transferred, we will notify you in advance and grant you the right to choose whether or not to withdraw your consent to INFINITT’s use of personal information.

 

For the following cases, we may disclose your personal information without your consent.

① When you already agreed to disclosure of your personal information.

② When you caused psychological and/or material damages to others in using INFINITT services, and there is strong enough evidence to mandate the disclosure of your personal information to enforce subsequent legal actions.

③ When we anonymize personal information for statistics, academic or market research purposes.

④ When required by law, legal process and/or governmental authorities for investigative purposes.

 

 

Whom we disclose your information to

 

INFINITT may disclose your personal information to domestic and overseas branches, affiliates and partners for the provision of better INFINITT services.

 

To Whom

Purpose

Information to be disclosed

Period of Retention & Use

INFINITT Healthcare Co., Ltd.

Service

provision

Full Name, Facility/Company, Country, Email Address, Phone Number, Solution/Service of Interest, Attending Exhibition, Date of Preference, Comments

Until the cancellation of your membership or the termination of subcontract

MIGO Corporation

System development and operation

Full Name, Facility/Company, Country, Email Address, Phone Number, Solution/Service of Interest, Attending Exhibition, Date of Preference, Comments, IP Address, Cookies, Date of Consent, Date of Access, Period of Service Usage, Records of Service Usage, Records of Misuse, Statistics

 

 

The Rights of Users & Legal Representatives

 

Users and their legal representatives may request through email or in writing to access or modify personal information and to withdraw consent to the collection and use of personal information.

 

If you request to correct an error in your collected personal information, we will not use or disclose your information until the correction has been made. If we have already disclosed inaccurate personal information to third parties, we will notify them as soon as the correction has been made. In response to a request for disposal of information, we will handle your personal information as stipulated in the “Period of retention & use” and make sure that it is not accessed or used for any other purposes.

 

By rule, we do not collect personal information of children under the age of 14 for whom we need consent from their legal representatives. If personal information of children under the age of 14 has been collected, their legal representatives have the rights to access, modify, or withdraw the consent to the collection and use of their information.

 

 

Management of Personal Information

 

Period of retention & use

By rule, INFINITT will dispose of your personal information when you request for the disposal or once the purpose of collection and usage has been fulfilled. But when there is a need for retention due to internal policies and/or subordinate legislation, we will keep your information for the period specified in the legislation.

  • We will keep minimum information and usage history for the period set by law such as the commercial law, for cases where retention of personal information is required.
  • We will keep your personal information for cases where we announced the retention period in advance and/or where we obtained your consent to retention.
  • For the following cases, we may keep your information for the specified period:

① Records on sales/product inquiries or searches, withdrawal from contracts/subcontracts, customer complaints or dispute handling: 5 years (Consumer Protection in E-commerce)

② Records on website visits: 3 months (Protection of Communications Secrets Act)

③ Records on customer complaints or dispute handlings: 3 years (Consumer Protection in E-commerce)

④ To prevent user activities based on impure motives and to secure evidential materials in case of disputes: 3 months temporary retention (from the day of consent withdrawal)

⑤ Evidential records for a violation of internal policies (i.e. Illegal usage history): 1 year

 

Disposal

By rule, INFINITT will dispose of your personal information once the purpose of collection and usage as well as the legal and business needs have been fulfilled. Paper documents containing personal information will be completely shredded. Electronic documents containing personal information will be destroyed to a point where it is impossible to technically restore the file.

 

 

Policy Changes

 

INFINITT may update its Privacy Policy from time to time. However, we do not reduce your rights stated in this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. Any changes made to the Privacy Policy will be updated on this page.

 

 

Information Security Measures

 

INFINITT strives to provide services that you can trust and rely on. We promise to commit to the protection of your information.

  • ISO/IEC 27001:2013

Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ISO/IEC 27001 is the highest international standard for assessing information security management.

INFINITT received the certification for ISO/IEC 27001 in 2016 and has been qualified ever since.

  • HIPAA

HIPAA is an act enacted to strengthen privacy, security, and reliability of health information in the United States. INFINITT adheres to all of HIPAA requirements from the early stages of product design.

  • BS10012:2017

BS 10012:2017 is an international management system standard for managing personal information.

In efforts to comply with GDPR and to effectively manage and protect personal information, INFINITT received the certification for BS 10012:2017 in 2018 and has been qualified ever since.

 

 

Contact Us

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or INFINITT’s privacy practices, please contact us at:

 

Privacy Practice Manager

Sangwook Choi (CISO)

R&D

02-2194-1600

privacy@infinitt.com

Website Manager

Jeehye Kim

Brand Management Team

02-2194-1600

privacy@infinitt.com

 

For additional counselling on infringement of personal information, please contact the following organizations:

  • Personal Information Dispute Mediation Committee
    www.kopico.go.kr / 118 (without national code)
  • Personal Information Protection Commission
    www.pipc.go.kr / 118 (without national code)
  • Forensic Science Investigation Department, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office
    www.spo.go.kr / 02-3480-3571
  • Cyber Bureau, National Police Agency
    http://cyberbureau.police.go.kr / 182 (without national code)

 

 

Last updated on April 3, 2019
*You can check the previous version of our privacy policy here.

I have read and agreed to the privacy policy.

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