NETHERLANDS/USA – Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, has teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to meet the growing demand for safe, scalable digital pathology solutions in cloud computing.

This collaboration brings together Philips’ strength and expertise in pathology digitization to streamline clinical workflows with AWS’ competence in scalable, secure cloud solutions.

 Philips and AWS will develop digital pathology by allowing pathology labs to store, handle, and analyze increasing amounts of digital pathology data.

Furthermore, this agreement will allow more pathology labs to implement digital workflows, boosting efficiency.

Pathology laboratories will also be able to improve workflow efficiency and communication among specialists, as well as seamlessly integrate with existing healthcare systems to provide comprehensive patient care.

Pathology examines patient tissue samples to help diagnose and manage various diseases, including cancer.

With laboratory or pathology tests accounting for around 70% of significant medical decisions, the availability of digitally preserved pathology images is critical for patient care.

The increased demand for scalable storage and computing resources necessitates extending the capabilities of traditional on-premise solutions to the cloud.

Shez Partovi, Philips’ Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer and Chief Business Leader Enterprise Informatics, stated that by leveraging the power of the cloud to accelerate pathology digitization, they are improving patient care quality by enabling greater workflow efficiency and collaboration at scale.

He went on to say that as the demand for pathology-based diagnosis grows, digital pathology in the cloud is viewed as a critical enabler for productivity, scale, and further transformation in healthcare diagnostics by opening up new avenues for research, education, and the incorporation of AI to improve patient outcomes.

Tehsin Syed, AWS’s General Manager of Health AI, stated that healthcare businesses benefit from clinical workflow leadership mixed with scalable cloud infrastructure.

He went on to say that by building their cloud-native enterprise pathology solution on services such as AWS HealthImaging and Amazon Bedrock, Philips will be giving their customers the best of both worlds.

According to Syed, secure cloud-based options satisfy the growing desire to store and use more data, and by digitizing pathology, healthcare professionals can use AI and machine learning to create improved insights, resulting in more precise and individualized patient treatment.

Philips, an industry leader in digital pathology solutions, has over 300 customers who use the fully digital workflow of Philips IntelliSite Pathology. Through its collaboration with AWS, Philips has the potential to enable large-scale clinical trials, multi-institute studies, and care collaboration, including cancer care.

Philips will use AWS HealthImaging to optimize storage, boost scale, and enable AI and research throughout the healthcare system to develop pathological image analysis and streamline clinical operations.

Amazon Bedrock will also help developers and integrate generative AI applications.

Philips’ broad capabilities in enterprise informatics, combined with Philips HealthSuite Imaging on AWS to support radiologists, enable an integrated diagnostics approach.

This empowers clinicians with improved diagnostic workflows and faster access to images from any location, thereby facilitating the entire workflow across enterprise imaging, from diagnosis to treatment options and follow-up. 

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