Philips helps Healius deploy a digital pathology system

Thursday, 30 September, 2021 | Supplied by: Philips Australia & New Zealand

Health technology company Royal Philips has announced that it has partnered with Healius Pathology, a provider of private medical laboratory and pathology services, to deploy a multisite digital pathology system using the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution.

Limited in time and resources and expected to accomplish more at lower costs, pathology departments need to find new ways to adapt. Before the pandemic, diagnostic services were already burdened with high demand and inefficient workflows. In the face of COVID-19, the need for greater efficiency and responsiveness has become even more urgent. As a result, pathology is beginning to transform into a digital discipline, bringing exciting new possibilities that can aid, streamline and enhance diagnostic and clinical decision-making.

Digital pathology aims to reduce pressure on pathology services by streamlining workflow and extending collaboration to increase diagnostic confidence. The Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution is highly scalable, with technology that should enhance productivity with high-resolution digital images, collaborative features and case management tools. It is designed to support clinical practice, improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs.

A pathological review of patient tissue has historically been done using a microscope. Pathologists can now gain new insights through real-time collaboration with Image Management System (IMS) software and algorithms designed to aid, streamline and maximise diagnostic confidence. Using the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution, Healius pathologists can digitise their workflow with consistently high image quality and fast, first-time-right scanning capabilities.

Deanne Broughton, General Manager of Healius Pathology’s Veterinary division, SVS Pathology Network, is excited about the new solution’s quality and versatility. She said, “It is an exciting time for our national veterinary business to begin the rollout of this new digital pathology solution. This new solution will deliver many things for our business, with the most important being simplicity and ease for our practitioners and our patients.”

The solution will initially be rolled out through Healius Pathology’s National Pathology Division, with the ultimate goal of providing easy and immediate access to medical and veterinary pathology information across the business — allowing clinicians to make timely decisions about patient care. John McKechnie, Healius Pathology CEO, said, “Once deployed across our business, the new solution will create a virtual pathology network that will reinvent the pathologist experience, improving turnaround time and enabling increased quality and versatility of the digital image provided to pathologists for interpretation and diagnosis.”

Matt Moran, Managing Director of Philips in Australia & New Zealand, concluded, “Philips is using its unique position as a long-established innovator focused on serving our customers’ needs with many solutions to bring together people, technology and data into a more seamless workflow across the health continuum. Through the digitisation of pathology, we aim to break boundaries, reduce complexity and deliver meaningful innovation to help our customers achieve diagnostic confidence and better patient care.”

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