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ISO 9001:2000

AES Ltd is pleased to announce our continuing accreditation under the International Standards Organisation standard 9001:2000.

AES Ltd has been accredited for over 10 Years. Initially under ISO 9001:1994 (between 1996 and 2004) and then under the replacement ISO 9001:2000 standard.

The new ISO 9001:2000 standard was first published in December 2000 and finally replaced the previous version in December 2003.

ISO 9001:2000 is the world’s most successful standard addressing best practice in the application of quality management systems.

ISO 9001:2000 has achieved global recognition, particularly amongst organisations who have demonstrated their capability to meet stringent customer expectations through quality assurance.

Analysis work on additional datasets begins

Following expressions of customer interest, AES Medical has begun analysis work on several additional datasets for the PathoSys® system. Completion of these will provide full coverage of the currently released Royal College of Pathologists standards and datasets for reporting cancers.

The datasets undergoing analysis are:

  • Dataset for the histopathological reporting of tumours of the central nervous system (2004)
  • Endocrine dataset (2006) which comprises of:
  • Dataset for reporting adrenal cortical carcinoma and malignant phaeochromocytoma/paraganglioma
  • Dataset for parathyroid cancer histopathology reports
  • Dataset for thyroid cancer histopathology reports
  • Dataset for the histopathological reporting of ovarian tumours, and Fallopian tube and primary peritoneal carcinomas (2005)
  • Dataset for the histopathological reporting of lymphoma (2002)
  • Dataset for penile cancer histopathology reports (2006)

Any PathoSys® users or other interested parties seeking further information or wishing to contribute to the analysis and design process are invited to contact us by the online feedback form or through the user group.

In addition to this analysis work AES Medical continues to provide customers with updates containing the latest versions of the Royal College of Pathologists datasets and functional enhancements to the PathoSys® system.

PathoSys® Usergroup Launched.

The PathoSys® usergroup is now online. Please visit to register and for more information.

PathoSys® provides pathology cancer reporting and information management.The PathoSys® usergroup is dedicated to informing and educating PathoSys® users about AES Medical products, services and any recent developments. 

The user group aims to enable its members to:

  • Share experiences in using the PathoSys® product and associated services with other user group members and learn from their experiences.
  • Influence direction and improve PathoSys® through communication and cooperation with AES Medical.
  • Provide an online forum for sharing knowledge and news from all sources with other AES Medical user group members. The forum includes discussion sections for: 
    • Histopathology
    • Cancer datasets
    • Staging and grading

PathoSys® now includes the latest Gastric & Oesophageal cancer datasets

AES Medical has updated its PathoSys® cancer reporting software to include the Royal College of Pathologists amended Gastric and Oesophageal Cancer Datasets. 

AES Medical is obliged through its licence agreement with the Royal College of Pathologists to keep PathoSys® up to date with latest Cancer Datasets. This rapid turnaround for the new 

datasets demonstrates our commitment to this process and our capacity to keep pace with the changes introduced by the Royal College of Pathologists.


The new amended dataset published in January 2007 supersedes the 1st edition published in 2000. The new dataset is coordinated by Professor Marco R Novelli and is due for review in January 2009. 


The new amended dataset published in February 2007 supersedes the 1st edition published in 1998. The new dataset is coordinated by Dr Nicholas P Mapstone and is due for review in February 2010. 

The new Gastic and Oesophageal Datasets along with all others published by the Royal College of Pathologists are available for download on the Royal College of Pathologists website.

PathoSys® gains Imaging Support.

The PathoSys® imaging add-on is now available. The add-on allows high-quality images in JPG, GIF TIFF, or BMP format to be easily associated with pathology reports for presentation to colleagues, surgeons or Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings.

While histological diagnosis may be influenced by various data, it is ultimately based upon the appearance of the specimens being examined macroscopically and microscopically. This information can now be associated with pathology reports in the PathoSys® system. 

The imaging module provides the following main features:

  • Association of imaging with PathoSys® pathology reports.
  • View, zoom and export images.
  • Printing of images as a report to both local and network printers.

Advantages of the Imaging add-on

  • Immediate availability of macro and micro images related to the case under examination.
  • Image files available to all pathologists and PathoSys® users.
  • The images provide a visual addition to the standard descriptions.
  • MDT meetings are supported by the ability to print a report containing the images associated with the pathology report.

PathoSys® users will have the option to upgrade the imaging add-on to an enhanced version offering image creation, editing and manipulation. In addition PathoSys® will allow the insertion of images into pathology reports where this is supported by the host Laboratory Information System (LIMS) .

AES Medical licences ICD-10 and OPCS-4 codes

AES Medical has successfully applied to NHS Connecting for Health for licences to provide its NHS customers with ICD-10 and OPCS-4 coding. This will enable AES Medical to continue its support for the key criteria set out in the NHS Plan to improve the flow and use of information within the NHS.

The agreement also enables PathoSys® to provide export of high quality data for The National Clinical Audit Support Programme (NCASP). This includes the following national audits:

  • National Bowel Cancer Audit Project (NBOCAP)
  • Head and Neck Cancer Audit (DAHNO)
  • National Oesophago-gastric Cancer Audit
  • National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit


The ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems – Tenth Revision) classification is used for the recording of diseases and health related problems ie the diagnosis or reason for a patient episode of health care. The World Health Organisation (WHO) produces the classification and ICD-10 is the latest version.

ICD-10 is used within the acute sector of the NHS and the classification codes are mandatory for use across England.

The ICD-10 codes are WHO copyright, however, NHS Connecting for Health holds the licence for the UK to use the ICD-10 codes within the NHS as the joint UK World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for the Classification of Diseases.


The Office of Population Censuses and Surveys Classification of Surgical Operations and Procedures – Fourth Revision (OPCS-4) is a statistical classification devised for translating or classifying all operations and surgical procedures that may be carried out on a patient during an episode of health care in the NHS acute sector.

OPCS-4 is Crown copyright. The NHS Connecting for Health holds responsibility for the administration and maintenance of OPCS-4 and issuing of licence agreements.

PathoSys® speech recognition support

PathoSys® supports the use of Dragon Naturally Speaking (from Nuance) for free text data entry. This combined with PathoSys® enables pathologists to eliminate high costs, relieve staffing pressures and reduce the long turnaround times associated with manual transcription of patient notes, whilst minimising the risk of repetitive stress injuries.

In addition to supporting the PathoSys® Cancer Reporting and Information Management system, Dragon Naturally speaking can be used with any Microsoft Office application or any Windows based solution.

If you wish to see this functionality please specify this when booking your presentation with the AES Medical sales team.

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Go Live: PathoSys® live at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The PathoSys® cancer reporting and information management system is now up and running at the pathology laboratory in the newly developed super hospital on the Derby City General Hospital site, which is part of the Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Working together with the iSoft CILMS system using an interface developed by AES Medical (with technical assistance from iSoft and the staff at the Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) PathoSys provides both cancer dataset reporting as set out by the Royal College of Pathologists and rapid comprehensive auditing.

About The Trust

The Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust runs the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the Derby City General Hospital (incorporating the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital), and the Nightingale Macmillan Continuing Care Unit.

The Trust is a Department of Health rated three-star Acute Trust providing a wide range of services including general medical, surgical, maternity, rehabilitation care and accident and emergency services. The Trust has a total of 1,157 beds and serve a population of over around 600,000 people in and around Southern Derbyshire.

The Trust employs 7,000 staff, from doctors and nurses to housekeepers and porters, with an annual budget of around £271million for the financial year 2005/6. This year the Trust will see and treat 162,000 people as inpatients, outpatients, emergency patients and day cases. This equates to around 638,000 visits from patients during the year.

The Trust is among the first to be awarded NHS Foundation Trust Status. The Trust became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1st July 2004 following approval of the application by the Secretary of State and the Independent Regulator. The Trust previously operated under the name of Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The New Derby City Hospital

The Trust is currently building a brand new £333million super hospital on the Derby City General Hospital site. The new hospital is due for completion in 2008 and will provide the very latest in modern health care. It will incorporate the existing Derby Medical School, which is run in partnership with the University of Nottingham.

A number of clinics, wards and departments will transfer across to the new hospital building in May 2006, when the first phase of the construction will be completed.

Go Live: PathoSys® at the Path Links pathology network

PathoSys® is now live at the Path Links pathology network. This followed an initial trial go-live in the summer followed by a pause to analyse workflow for PathoSys® , upgrade PathoSys and provide support for the Path Links developed WardV viewer. Part of this go live process has been the successful trialling of PathoSys® with Voice Recognition Reporting.


Path Links is a single managed service providing a full range of services across the whole of Greater Lincolnshire.

Supporting this is a single county-wide computer system links all sites and disciplines in Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Louth, Lincoln, Grantham and Boston laboratories.

A key benefit of the system is the provision of accurate and timely information on a wide variety of measures to support both operational and financial management and clinical audit.


In addition to the Pathology IT System, Path Links developed an electronic results reporting system (Ward V) as an interim replacement for results reporting systems. Taking design initiatives from clinical users. Ward V is a very simple and intuitive tool that represents a significant enhancement over previous systems. Ward V is fully operational and in extensive use across both Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust and the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The PathoSys® system went live in the Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust a year ago this month. This represents a years uninterrupted service at Yeovil District Hospital working together with the the widely used LabCentre laboratory system.

About Yeovil District Hospital

Yeovil District Hospital provides acute care, including Maternity Services, for a population of about 180,000, mostly in South Somerset, North and West Dorset, and parts of Mendip.

Each year more than 30,000 patients are admitted as inpatients or day cases; more than 90,000 people attend outpatient appointments; around 40,000 people are treated in Accident and Emergency, and some 1,300 babies are born in the Maternity Unit.

The organisation which runs the hospital was previously known as East Somerset NHS Trust.