University of Udine
The Institute of Anatomic Pathology, part of the Department of Medical Morphological Research of the University of Udine (UNIUD) is active on the research, education and health care services sides. Main research interests include cardiopathology, breast pathology, quantitative pathology (including morphometry, static and flow cytometry, structure analysis), telemedicine (telepathology, medical hypermedia, Internet applications), oncopathology.
Regarding telemedicine and medical hypermedia, main research areas are the evaluation of multimedia e-mail as store-and-forward telemedicine tool, with the first pioneeristic published experieinces in this field; and in collaboration with the Department of Informatics of the University of Udine, the study and applications of agent technology to medical information exchange.
In 1995, UNIUD started the first European Web site in the field of anatomic pathology, launching also a prototype Web archive of cases, referred to as the PathGallery. Diagnostic activity can be resumed as 29.000 histologic specimens/year and 45.000 cytologic samples/year, covering a population of about 500.000. In addition to usual graduate courses, ANPATUD is also managing the Postgraduate Schools in Anatomic Pathology and Oncology.
In 1997, UNIUD organised the first Italian Meeting on Telepathology; in 1998, the Fourth European Congress of Telepathology, in conjunction with the European Society of Pathology. UNIUD has been also involved in the further editions of the Italian Meeting on Telepathology (Trento, 1998; Milano, 1999).
Products, projects and services
UNIUD has been part of the Leonardo project CATAI-Telemed (E/95/2/1177/P/II.1.1a/FPI, from 1996 to 1998), devoted to the development of the body of knowledge of telemedicine, and to the organisation of telemedicine courses for laboratory technicians and medical/technical students (one of which has been held in Udine, September 1997).
The Institute of Anatomic Pathology and the Department of Informatics at the University of Udine are leading the project "Telemedicine in the Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia", funded by the Consorzio Universitario del Friuli, aimed at developing a network of telepathology services inside the region, with a further project on GP-specialist collaboration; collaboration in the analysis and development of a dynamic-robotic telepathology system, with attention also to its economical evaluation; development of educational hypermedia for postgraduate students and specialists.
Università degli Studi di Udine
Dipartimento di Recerche Mediche e Morfologiche
Dr. Vincenzo Della Mea
p. le Kolbe 3
33100 Udine, Italy
Web site: www.uniud.it/drmm/anpat/pathgallery/
Udine, Thursday 28th October 1999