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A team of pathologists in Oxford, including Professor Clare Verrill from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS), is working with healthtech company Philips to create a digital pathology network to help drive faster and more efficient diagnoses for patients.

Dr Lisa Browning and Professor Clare Verrill, Honorary Consultant in Cellular Pathology at Oxford University Hospitals working with Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution’s Image Management System.
Dr Lisa Browning (OUH) and Professor Clare Verrill (NDS) working with Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution’s Image Management System

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust will deploy Philips’ IntelliSite Pathology Solution to serve as a central laboratory for partner sites at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon.

Pathologists play a critical role in disease detection, particularly with cancer diagnosis. Traditionally, pathologists analyse tissue samples on glass slides under a microscope. When a pathologist requires a second opinion from a sub-specialist, these glass slides must be transported to a second site, which can result in lost or damaged slides or delays in diagnosis.

A digital network for pathology will allow clinicians across the three regions and within the Thames Valley Cancer Network to collaborate remotely on patient cases. It's hoped that remote collaboration will help reduce delays in slide transport times, encourage more efficient workflows across the sites, and enable quicker access to specialist pathology opinions.

As an NHS Global Digital Exemplar committed to improving patient care by embracing the latest digital technologies and cross-site collaborations, this partnership aims to modernise patient care and offer innovative world-leading services.
- Professor Clare Verrill

Professor Verrill, honorary consultant in Cellular Pathology at OUH and associate professor at NDS, said: “As an NHS Global Digital Exemplar committed to improving patient care by embracing the latest digital technologies and cross-site collaborations, this partnership aims to modernise patient care and offer innovative world-leading services. Initially starting with some specialist areas, we hope to soon make our pathology services fully digital, meaning our laboratory teams can maximise efficiency and  focus on analysing samples rather than spending time manually transporting slides between hospitals.”

 

 

Read the full press release on the Philips website.

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