Dutch health technology company Philips has expanded its existing collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable secure, scalable digital pathology solutions in the cloud.

The collaboration combines Philips’ expertise in digitisation of pathology to optimise clinical workflows and AWS’ secure and scalable cloud solutions.

It will advance digital pathology and help pathology labs store, manage, and analyse digital pathology data and help more pathology labs adopt digital workflows to enhance productivity.

Also, the collaboration will help pathology labs optimise workflow and, enable effortless integration with existing healthcare systems to deliver holistic patient care.

Philips will use AWS’ HealthImaging solution to optimise storage, enhance the scale and enable AI and research, to advance pathology image analysis and simplify clinical workflows.

In addition, it will benefit from Amazon Bedrock, which offers high-performing foundation models (FMs), for the development and integration of generative AI applications.

Philips chief innovation and strategy officer and chief business leader enterprise informatics Shez Partovi said: “By harnessing the power of the cloud to accelerate the digitization of pathology, we are improving the quality of patient care by enabling greater workflow efficiency and collaboration at scale.

“As the demand for pathology-based diagnosis continues to increase, we see digital pathology in the cloud as a critical enabler for productivity, scale and to further transform healthcare diagnostics by opening new avenues for research, education, and the integration of AI to further improve patient care.”

Pathology plays a key role in the diagnosis and management of different diseases through the examination of patient tissue samples, particularly cancer.

It is estimated that 70% of critical medical decisions involve laboratory or pathology tests, and digitally stored pathology images have a significant impact on patient care.

Philips is engaged in providing digital pathology solutions, with more than 300 customers using the fully digital workflow of Philips IntelliSite Pathology.

The company said that its collaboration with AWS will help large-scale clinical trials, multi-institute studies, and care to address complex cases, including in cancer care.

Its enterprise informatics capabilities will enable an integrated diagnostics approach to provide clinicians with improved diagnostic workflows, and faster access to images, said Philips.

AWS Health AI GM Tehsin Syed said: “Healthcare organisations benefit when clinical workflow leadership is combined with scalable cloud infrastructure.

“By building their cloud-native enterprise pathology solution on services like AWS HealthImaging and Amazon Bedrock, Philips is offering their customers the best of both worlds.

“Secure cloud-based offerings address the growing demand to store and utilize more data, and by digitizing pathology, healthcare leaders can apply AI and ML to drive better insights.

“We look forward to continued work with Philips to help improve productivity, advance research, and ultimately enable more precise and tailored patient care.”