(March 24, 2016)

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Learn how UPMC, a 20-hospital organization, partners with KingMed to provide second opinion consultations for medical pathology slide images leveraging Aspera. UPMC uses Aspera Point-to-Point software to overcome transfer distance problems, allowing the large images to be uploaded in minutes, rather than hours. By dropping files in a Hot Folder to trigger automatic high-speed transfers, KingMed easily moves content to UPMC with little or no user interaction.

We will discuss how Aspera enables UPMC and KingMed to:

  • Move large medical images and data sets quickly and reliably
  • Reduce consultation time and complexity
  • Provide “lights out” operations with the use of Hot Folders


Jeff McHughJeff McHugh

Director, Pathology & Hospital Applications

Jeff McHugh is a Director, ISD at UPMC of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S from California University of Pennsylvania before starting his career at UPMC in 1996. He began his career at UPMC in the Pathology Informatics department managing an internal Help Desk and formalizing its procedures and processes. Over the years he progressed his career whereas the expanse of the Help Desk encompassed Oncology informatics as well as Pathology.

In 2007, Jeff became Project Manager, for Pathology Informatics focusing on Digital Pathology (development work of the Omnyx Integrated Digital Pathology solution) and Web Infrastructure support for the Department of Pathology at UPMC that included the implementation of the Telepathology Web Portal, for Pathology Consultations, for KingMed Diagnostics Laboratory in Guangzhou, China. In 2013, he became Senior Manager, Digital Pathology Informatics where his team started a 5 year implementation plan for the Omnyx solution.

In the fall of 2014, Jeff became Director, ISD where his duties encompassed the Pathology Informatics teams (Anatomic, Clinical and Specialty Labs), the areas of Specialty Applications (that include Infection Control, Food and Nutrition and Facilities) and Hospital applications (Patient Flow, Staff Scheduling and Care Management).

Jeff part of a team who won the award for The Top Five Medical-imaging IT Projects of 2012 at the 2012 SIIM Annual Meeting for the Digital Pathology Consultation Portal.

Jeff has been involved with various abstracts over the past few years that include Digital Pathology Consultation Portal, Customization of a Digital Pathology Consultation Portal for Clients and Consultants, Digital Pathology Consultations—a New Era in Digital Imaging and Challenges and Practical Applications and Pocket pathologist: A mobile application for rapid diagnostic surgical pathology consultation.

Jonathan SolomonJonathan Solomon

Senior Sales & Systems Engineer

Jonathan Solomon, Senior Sales and Systems Engineer, joined Aspera in late 2014 with more than 20 years system design, administration, and project management experience in Media and Entertainment. Career highlights include the key architect of the WWE OTT Network, dark fiber network design and project design and management for several multi-million dollar broadcast facilities.

Over his twenty years of Broadcast Engineering experience, Jonathan has held a variety of roles with industry leaders. Prior to his role at Aspera, he was a Senior Engineering Project Manager at WWE, Inc., Director of Engineering for Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, and spent more than a decade as an Engineer-In-Charge, supporting remote television broadcasts. His travels as an EIC covered 45 of the 50 United States.