A Novel Method Enables General Pathologists to Create Web Dynamic Forms for Synoptic Tumor Reporting.
Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine
CONTEXT.—: Tumor reporting constitutes a significant daily task of pathologists. An efficient tumor-reporting methodology is thus vitally important. The Web dynamic form (WbDF) method offers a multitude of advantages over the prevailing transcription-mediated reporting method based on static-text checklists. However, its adaptation has been severely hampered for 2 decades by its costly needs to maintain a complex back-end system and to change the system for frequent updates of reporting content.
OBJECTIVE.—: To overcome these 2 obstacles with a serverless Web platform that enables users to create, customize, use, and download WbDFs as synoptic templates for structured tumor reporting.
RESULTS.—: Ordinary users (pathologists) can create/customize reporting templates as WbDFs on the Web platform. The WbDF can be used to make a pathology report and stored/shared like ordinary document files. There is no back-end system to change, nor a requirement for computer programming skills.
CONCLUSIONS.—: This strategy eliminates the need for a complex back-end system and the associated cost when updating tumor-reporting standards, making it possible to adopt the WbDF method without the technological drawbacks associated with content updates. It also opens a new field of how the tumor-reporting system should be organized, updated, and implemented.
Qu Z, Zhao K, Jin JG, Qu E, Lai Z. A Novel Method Enables General Pathologists to Create Web Dynamic Forms for Synoptic Tumor Reporting. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2021 Jul 1;145(7):864-870. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2020-0030-OA. PMID: 33112959.