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Digital Processing Tech
James | Laboratory Support Services
Scope of Position :
The Digital Pathology Program utilizes high-throughput automated scanners to capture slide images, which are viewed digitally through utilization of imaging software. The digital images are interpreted by a pathologist, and findings are utilized to support diagnosis for patient care, clinical trials, and research activities. The Digital Processing Tech will be responsible for all pre and post analytical steps involved in digitizing Surgical Pathology slides received from OSUWMC patients and outside clients. This includes imaging of microscopic slides, distribution of slides, and quality assurance of images, data review of errors, as well as equipment knowledge and troubleshooting for end to end digital pathology workflows.
The Digital Processing Technician provides high quality customer service for the Digital Pathology Program. This position involves the preparation and processing of microscopy slides for scanning, directing of materials to the appropriate pathologists and other pathology personnel, as well as responds to requests for diagnostic pathology specimens from OSUWMC patients and outside clients. The Digital Processing Technician will utilizing Beaker and the digital informatics software for tracking various stages of completion. This position does interact with pathologists and collaborates with other pathology services i.e. Histology, Surgical Pathology, and IHC on a daily basis. The Digital Processing Technician reports to the Manager of Pathology Support Services and takes direction from the Clinical Supervisor.
Duties and Responsibilities
80% – Process and Prepares Specimens
- Performs general phone answering duties such as providing advice on appropriate specimen requests and submissions
- Uses problem solving skills to resolve concerns
- Utilizes technology to enter specimen requests to produce a specimen pull lists utilized in the specimen retrieval process
- Records problems concerning specimen requests, specimen tracking, specimen transport
- Follows protocols as it pertains to the need for slide needing recoverslip or recut slides
- Communicates laboratory problems/issues to Clinical Supervisor, Manager or other Departmental Leadership
- Communicates with pathology department leadership as it pertains to reconcile process related issues.
- Ensures specimens are labeled correctly by using extreme attention to detail and meticulous review
- Tracks requests through various stages of progression by utilizing internal documentation and tracking mechanisms
- Prepares microscopy slides for scanning : cleaning, relabeling, and performing quality checks
- Loads/unloads slides into racks for scanning
- Preforms quality assurance evaluation on scanned images
- Performs maintenance and troubleshooting on digital scanners as needed.
15% Packaging and Transports Specimens
- Retrieves specimens according to established policy/procedure
- Receives and sends specimens via laboratory courier or internal transport
- Ensures that slides are properly organized and packed for transport
- Tracks and delivers glass slides and materials to appropriate locations before and after scanning; including pathologist mailboxes and other departmental offices.
5% – Miscellaneous Duties
- Participates in education activities; attends in-services with the division; participates in CE programs within and/or outside the OSU Medical Center.
- Maintains documentation
- Keeps all areas of the work environment clean, stocked and maintained
- Participates in necessary and assigned QC/QM programs including documentation.
- Maintains proper supply inventory and notifies Manager and/or Clinical Supervisor of orders as needed
- Requests equipment repairs as needed.
- Performs additional duties as assigned.
Practices within the Medical Center’s policies and procedures. Adheres to the Intensive Caring Value statements as demonstrated thought positive patient/guest relations, positive and effective interactions with staff, and formulating and meeting developmental goals. Meets the yearly departmental goals that are based on the strategic plan.
For Hire: High school education required; Associates degree or higher preferred in medical laboratory technology or biological science or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ongoing : Meets minimum continuing education requirements; meets health surveillance requirements. Demonstrates competence in technical, interpersonal and cognitive skills required to meet essential job functions.
Patient Population Served
Knowledge of growth and development and an understanding of the range of treatments necessary to meet the age specific needs of the patient population served. (Check those that apply):
Not Applicable: Non-patient care title
Adolescents (14 – 17 years)
Neonates (0 – 6 months)
Adults (18 – 64 years)
Children (7 months – 13 years)
Geriatrics (65 + years)
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Contacts: Interacts with physicians, members of patient care team, clinical and non-clinical staff. Works closely with technical and non-technical laboratory staff and management personnel within the department. Will also have interactions with outside clients, hospitals and law enforcement agencies.
Responsible to: Laboratory Manager and takes direction from Lead Technologists
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to:
- Intelligible speech and understanding of voice communication
- Ability to lift up to 20 pounds (computer paper, reagents, etc)
- Frequently push and pull carts weighing up to 20 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds.
- Manual dexterity for typing, grasping, reaching
- Frequent sitting and standing adjustments, stooping and moving from area to area
- Hearing to respond to timers, alarms, telephones
- Near vision, color and depth perception
- Ability to concentrate and pay attention to detail for extended periods of time
Work Environment The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which requires normal safety precautions; use of safe work practices including universal precautions with patient specimens; avoidance of trips and falls; and observance of fire and other safety regulations.
Note: The above statements are intended to describe the essential functions and related requirements of persons assigned to this job. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements.
Ackerman Rd, 680 (2434)
Health System Hourly 010
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