Sectra: Improved Cancer Care Through Interface between Sectra’s Pathology Solution and Nationwide Registry in the Netherlands
LINKÖPING, Sweden – Sectra AB (STO:SECTB) – International medical imaging IT company Sectra has announced that an interface has been created between its digital pathology solution and PALGA U-DPS, a pathology laboratory application within the nationwide network and registry of histopathology and cytopathology in the Netherlands. This enables pathologists to work completely digitally when performing primary diagnostics of histology slides. The interface was created as part of a strong cooperation with Deutsche Telekom Healthcare Solutions (Netherlands).
“The interface with PALGA U-DPS is key in providing the Dutch market with efficient digital pathology workflows. A tighter link between the pathology PACS and the LIMS has been proven to significantly increase workflow efficiency in Sectra’s previous installations. This is why we make links to other systems such as this a top priority,” says Simon Häger, Product Manager for Sectra’s pathology solution.
Digitization of primary diagnostics in pathology will benefit cancer care
To enable healthcare providers to give better, faster and more patient-centered care, Sectra offers systems and services for comprehensive handling and storage of all types of medical images, primarily for large image diagnostics units, such as radiology, mammography and pathology, but also in other departments where medical imaging material is used. Medical images for cancer diagnostics run as a common thread through Sectra’s offering.
Within pathology, Sectra provides a complete solution for primary diagnostics. The solution includes archiving and storage solutions together with high-end review workstations. It allows pathologists to make their diagnoses and reports with higher precision and less time spent per case. Sectra’s solution for digital pathology is built on the same platform as the company’s radiology PACS, the solution for managing radiology images. With a shared technical platform, images from both of the diagnostic specialties can be stored and displayed in a single system. This enables deeper cooperation between radiologists and pathologists and facilitates, for example, multidisciplinary rounds, which is a step in integrated diagnostics.
European and Scandinavian pathology departments are in the process of digitizing their work, but nonetheless, only a few hospitals have implemented full-scale digital pathology solutions. In the US, digital pathology for primary diagnostics is still pending FDA approval.
The world needs more efficient healthcare and more secure communication. Sectra plays a key role in meeting these needs. 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. The company was founded in 1978, has its head office in Linköping, Sweden, with subsidiaries in 14 countries, and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2014/2015 fiscal year totaled SEK 961 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com
In the medical market, Sectra develops and sells IT solutions for the management and communication of all types of medical images – primarily in radiology, mammography, pathology and orthopaedics, as well as other departments where medical images are used. Sectra has a strategic focus on making cancer care more efficient. More than 1,700 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use Sectra’s systems daily. This makes Sectra one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions for managing medical images and patient information. The company commands a market-leading position in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal, holds a prominent position in the UK and is growing in the US. Sectra has delivered some of the largest installations of medical IT systems worldwide and its systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.
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