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Comprehensive Diagnostic System’s Instant Collaboration and Feedback
October 27, 2009, Volume 56, No. 09

A state-of-the-art, innovative information and communication system created for experts at the Penn Lung Center and made possible from a $950,000 donation from the 2008 Philadelphia Antique Show was on display last Tuesday evening at Penn Medicine’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

Now, at the Penn Lung Center, a thoracic surgeon can upload a patient’s high-resolution CT scans to an imaging center ten feet away from the exam room. There, the doctor can confer about the images with an expert chest radiologist, and together the two will help craft a personalized treatment plan for the patient. The care team will provide the patient with plans right away, paving the way for quick access to a team of other specialists—nutritionists and social workers, for instance—without leaving the department. If the patient requires further studies, they’re just a short escalator ride away from the appropriate testing areas, all housed within the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

Conference Room

At left, the new Philadelphia Antiques Show Conference Room in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, made possible from the 2008 Antiques Show.

Above, Dr. John Hansen-Flaschen, medical director, Penn Lung Center and chief, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine Division; Dr. Leslie Litzky, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at HUP in the Department Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Dr. Karen Drury, chair of the 2008 Philadelphia Antiques Show; Dr. Warren Gefter, professor of radiology and chief, Thoracic Imaging, Department of Radiology; associate chair, Department of Radiology; Dr. Joel Cooper, chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Penn Medicine. At right, Dr. Hansen-Flaschen.

John Hanson Flaschen


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