Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Taipei, Taiwan – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TPVGH) will utilize the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution to transform its pathology tissue examination to digital diagnostics. By allowing tissue samples to be remotely viewed within a virtual pathology network across hospital locations, the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution will help TPVGH to establish Taiwan’s first fully digitalized pathology department, with the aim of enhancing patient safety and improving the quality of diagnoses, thereby leading to better patient outcomes.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Taiwan. Pathology plays a critical role in the detection and diagnosis of a wide variety of diseases, including cancer. Tissue samples (biopsies) are examined to determine if tissue cells are malignant and consequently to guide treatment decisions. Speedy diagnosis and effective personalized treatment have a significant impact on patients and their families.
Pathological review of patient tissue has historically been done using a microscope. Using the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution with the Ultra-Fast Scanner (UFS), TPVGH will now be able to digitize tissue samples so that pathologists can review, interpret, analyze, and share digital images. The Image Management System (IMS) that is part of the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution allows them to instantly consult colleagues or conveniently present images during multi-disciplinary team meetings, without the need to physically transport pathology slides or tissue samples.