LabCorp and Philips Collaborate on Digital Pathology

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LabCorp® (NYSE: LH), a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care, and Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced a collaboration to further advance digital pathology. Through the implementation of the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution, LabCorp will incorporate digitized workflows within its anatomic pathology services, which are an integral component of its comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services.

Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution is the first, and currently the only, digital pathology solution marketed for primary diagnostic use in the US. It aids pathologists in the review and interpretation of digital images of surgical pathology slides that are prepared from formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue, with the goal of providing improved turnaround times and supporting the precise analysis of tissue samples. LabCorp will initially implement the system in four of its laboratories, and it will also work with its interested customers to evaluate their potential transition to digital pathology.

“Digital pathology opens new, innovative ways to help laboratories and hospital systems improve workflows and provide better patient care,” said Marlon Thompson, General Manager of Philips Digital Pathology Solutions. “Together with LabCorp, we can accelerate the digital transformation of pathology and intensify collaboration between laboratories and healthcare professionals.”

“Digital pathology offers the opportunity for improved efficiency and enhanced collaboration between our pathologists and our customers,” said Gary M. Huff, CEO of LabCorp Diagnostics. “We are pleased to be the first major commercial laboratory to implement the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution, and we look forward to working closely with Philips to identify the best way to integrate a digital pathology solution into our anatomic pathology workflow.”

Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution is an automated digital pathology image creation, viewing and management system comprised of an ultra-fast scanner, an image management system and a display. This solution contains advanced software tools to manage the scanning, storage, presentation, reviewing, and sharing of images. By supporting the transition to digital workflows, Philips seeks to help pathology laboratories simplify access to histopathology information and implement more efficient workflows.

“Digital pathology is an emerging technology with the potential to improve the delivery of care for patients,” said Dorothy (Dot) Adcock, M.D., chief medical officer for LabCorp Diagnostics. “The opportunity to more quickly access tissue images for analysis, to collaborate more readily with specialty pathologists around the globe, and to provide a faster diagnosis can improve patient care in often challenging areas of cancer diagnosis.”