Nov. 9, 2020
/PRNewswire/ -- International medical imaging IT and
cybersecurity company Sectra [STO: SECT B] has
deployed its software for medical imaging at Leeds Teaching
Hospitals. It is the first of an initial six trusts in the Northern
Pathology Imaging Co-operative (NPIC) to go live, paving the way
for one of the most sophisticated interconnected pathology
initiatives in the world. The technology from Sectra will underpin
the regional program that is digitizing, connecting and applying
artificial intelligence to pathology services in the North of
Leeds Teaching Hospitals went live with Sectra's solution for
digital pathology and Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) in October.
This will allow pathology images to be interrogated by
professionals electronically from a range of devices-anywhere and
at any time. With many pathology departments across the country
still reliant on microscopes and glass slides, the new system is
allowing pathologists to work more quickly, gain easier access to
opinions from colleagues and manage rising demand.
Furthermore, the joint VNA will allow the trust to pool imaging
and build a platform for artificial intelligence that is crucial to
improving diagnoses for cancer and other illnesses.
"Leeds is the first of our six
sites to go fully digital. Collectively, we are modernizing our
pathology services to become among the most advanced and
interconnected anywhere in the world, and we hope to share our
experience to help others across the NHS and beyond," says Dr.
Darren Treanor, NPIC's director, and
a practicing pathologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS
He continues: "The days of using glass slides and paper notes to
determine and communicate a patient's diagnosis are numbered. As we
move to digital ways of working, we can improve quality and create
a more structured digital workflow."
Greater benefits are expected as more hospitals in the NPIC go
live with the system later in the year. As announced in 2018, the
program is part of a partnership between industry, the NHS and
academia, funded by UK Research and Innovation and industry
partners to connect pathology services across the region using
technology. This will lead to the full digitization of NHS
laboratories covering a population of three million people,
allowing hospitals to pool resources, balance workload, and enable
easier access to specialists across the region whose expertise may
be quickly needed to make a clinical diagnosis.
"Digital pathology is about far more than replacing microscopes
with computers. It's about fundamentally changing how pathology
services can be configured across regions and across the country,
so that patients can receive faster diagnoses, services can become
more intelligent, and the NHS can make best use of its valuable
pathologists. NPIC is at the forefront of this transformation,"
says Jane Rendall, UK Managing
Director for Sectra.
Northern Pathology Imaging Co-operative, NPIC (Project no.
104687) is one of five centers supported by a £50m investment from
the Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine strand of the
government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, managed and
delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), announced in
NPIC is a unique collaboration between NHS, academic and
industry partners. NPIC is deploying digital pathology across
hospitals in the North of England
and will develop artificial intelligence tools to help diagnose
cancer and other diseases. More information can be found
Sectra assists hospitals throughout the world to enhance the
efficiency of care, and authorities and defense forces in
Europe to protect society's most
sensitive information. Thereby, Sectra contributes to a healthier
and safer society. The company was founded in 1978, has its head
office in Linköping, Sweden, with
direct sales in 19 countries, and operates through partners
worldwide. Sales in the 2019/2020 fiscal year totaled
SEK 1,661 million. The Sectra
share is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more
information, visit https://sectra.com/.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, CEO and President Sectra AB, 46
(0) 705 23 52 27
Marie Ekström Trägårdh, Executive Vice President Sectra AB and
President Sectra Imaging IT Solutions, 46 (0)708 23 56 10
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