Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TPVGH) will use the Philips IntelliSite pathology solution from Royal Philips, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to transform the hospital’s tissue examination process to digital diagnostics.

By allowing tissue samples to be remotely viewed within a virtual pathology network across hospitals, the IntelliSite pathology solution will help TPVGH to establish Taiwan’s first fully digitized pathology department. TPVGH, which is Taiwan’s leading academic medical and teaching center, expects that the technology will help to improve patient outcomes by enhancing patient safety and improving the quality of diagnoses.


An oncologist views tissue images using the IntelliSite pathology solution from Philiips.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Taiwan, and pathological review of patient biopsies has historically been done using a microscope. Using the Philips IntelliSite pathology solution with its Ultrafast Scanner, TPVGH will be able to digitize tissue samples so that pathologists can review, interpret, analyze, and share digital images. The image management system that is part of the IntelliSite pathology solution enables pathologists to instantly consult colleagues or conveniently present images during multidisciplinary team meetings, without the need to physically transport pathology slides or tissue samples.

“Philips Taiwan continues to help Taiwan in realizing intelligent and advanced healthcare solutions,” says Richard Hu, general manager of Philips Taiwan. “Digitalizing pathology so that tissue samples can be viewed remotely, wherever they are needed, will not only enhance laboratory efficiency and quality but also improve patient safety.”


Richard Hu, Philips Taiwan.

In addition to clinical use, the digital images will be stored in repositories and used to teach pathology students and conduct medical research, including cancer research. The IntelliSite pathology solution is designed for in vitro diagnostic purposes, helping pathologists to review and interpret digital images of surgical pathology slides prepared from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue samples. It has market clearance in more than 50 countries, including recent market clearance in Taiwan.

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Featured image: The Ultrafast Scanner from Philips.