Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with Royal Philips to create a digital pathology network that will enable clinicians to collaborate remotely on patient cases.

The collaboration is aimed at delivering improved patient care across the regions of Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

As a part of this agreement, OUH will install the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

This pathology solution will serve as a central laboratory service for partner sites at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon.

OUH will also leverage Philips’ ultra fast scanner and image management system to enable clinicians to collaborate remotely across the three regions and within the Thames Valley Cancer Network.

Remote collaboration is expected to reduce delays in slide transport times, improve workflows across the sites, and enable faster access to specialist pathology opinions.

Philips Digital Pathology Solutions general manager Marlon Thompson said: “With 70% of NHS diagnoses requiring a pathology sample, and with sample analysis becoming increasingly sophisticated while demand increases, Philips is committed to collaborating to modernise UK pathology services.

“Philips wants to help providers meet growing demand by moving pathology from the era of microscopes and fragile stacks of sample slides to one of clinical efficacy with sample images uploaded quickly and analysed robustly within the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution.

“I believe this agreement creates the first digital pathology network with scanning capabilities at multiple sites within the NHS in England, which is a great achievement and a very positive prospect for patients and clinicians alike.”

Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution is an automated digital pathology image creation, viewing and management system.

The solution features advanced software tools to manage the scanning, storage, presentation, reviewing, and sharing of images.

Network installationis anticipated to complete in the third quarter of this year.