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Philips IntelliSite Open Pathology Platform

Introduction

Since the development of modern anatomical pathology as a medical discipline in the 19 Century it has been uniquely bound to the location of the specimen, requiring direct (microscopic) inspection of the biopsy.

Today Digital Pathology is breaking those bonds, allowing the practice of anatomical pathology anywhere, independent from the physical location of the biopsy and thus the patient. Remarkably enough, the coming of age of high speed and high quality digital microscope slide scanners coincides with the success of globe spanning digital sharing and collaboration networks: the collaborative encyclopedia WikiPedia, GitHub for collaborative software development, Office 365 for business office software. Digital Pathology is enabled by these technology revolutions to convert local pathology labs into globe-spanning virtual pathology networks. In this white paper I will share with you Philips’ vision on the future of collaborative digital pathology, and explain why it needs an open platform approach to succeed.

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