[Histonet] Sunquest CoPath

Cartun, Richard Richard.Cartun at hhchealth.org
Wed Oct 14 11:29:49 CDT 2015

Dear Histology Colleagues:

I need your help once again.  Our healthcare system is in the process of switching over to Sunquest CoPath; we currently have Cerner CoPath now.  I have been told that when using their bar code and tracking system one cannot generate unstained slides (for possible histochemical stains and/or IHC testing) upfront (at the time that the H&Es are cut).  Evidently, this is because the unique identifier for that unstained slide cannot be modified for ancillary testing.  Is this true?  I cannot believe that a software program for pathology laboratories in this day and age would not allow for this.  Is anyone using this system and have you found a solution to this problem?  We have a lot of slide protocols that include the cutting of unstained slides upfront.  I apologize if I have incorrectly stated the facts here; however, this is how it was explained to me in a conference call earlier this week.

As always, thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences.


Richard W. Cartun, MS, PhD
Director, Histology & The Martin M. Berman, MD Immunopathology & Morphologic Proteomics Laboratory
Director, Biospecimen Collection Programs
Assistant Director, Anatomic Pathology
Hartford Hospital
80 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT  06102
(860) 972-1596
(860) 545-2204 Fax

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