International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra has completed the unique nationwide telepathology solution in the Netherlands, PIE. The final part of the solution, which enables automatic upload of all images connected to a case, has now been approved and released. Pathology laboratories all over the Netherlands can connect to the solution and share digital pathology images to carry out consultations and revisions and participate in expert panels. The solution will thus play a key role in improving cancer care in the country.
“Together with UMC Utrecht, we have been testing the functionality of automatic upload of all images connected to a case. What impresses me the most is the ease of use and few clicks required,” said Konnie Hebeda, Pathologist at Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc).
The solution is cloud-based and enables sharing of digital pathology images on a national scale. Being able to easily share pathology images for consultations, revisions and panel discussions will help to reduce lead times, decrease inter-observer variation and improve the overall quality of diagnosis.
The project is the first of its kind in the world and was initiated in 2017 by the Dutch Society for Pathology (NVVP) and the nationwide pathology network Foundation PALGA. It has been implemented by Sectra, together with the subcontractors Deutsche Telekom Healthcare and RAM Infotechnology.