Sectra, a medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company, and UniHA,  a cooperative of French public hospitals,  have signed a four-year framework agreement for Sectra Digital Pathology.

This agreement will allow the hospitals linked to UniHA to buy Sectra’s solution on pre-negotiated terms and conditions without requiring a public tender process.

This enables pathologists to evaluate and cooperate around cases in a manner that is impossible with microscopes, claimed Sectra.

Furthermore, this will decrease variation and enhance efficiency in primary diagnostics, in turn boosting cancer care

Sectra France president Fabien Lozach said: “I’m excited that Sectra has been selected to support public hospitals in this incredibly important transformation to digital pathology. I am confident that together, we can improve patient care through more efficient image review, collaboration, sharing of expertise and implementation of new technology such as AI.”

By leveraging digital images of tissue samples rather than physical glass slides, Sectra’s solution enables pathologists to immediately access and share present and historical images and information between departments and hospitals and stand to gain from technologies such as AI.

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The digital solution offers help to pathologists at critical decision points, such as grading or performing more exact measurements.

It also allows image analysis, which improves the precision of tasks such as cell counting and also cuts down variation.

Digital access also facilitates second opinions and external reading resources as well as allows integrated diagnostics.

The framework includes Sectra’s solution for reviewing and reporting on pathology cases.

Sectra was chosen for both single-site and multi-site hospitals.