by Lauren Dubinsky
, Senior Reporter | March 24, 2015
Royal Philips and Mount Sinai Health System in New York today announced a collaboration to create a digital image repository comprising patient tissue samples and data analytics.
The repository will be used to uncover new tissue-based tests, advance clinical research and improve cancer care.
“The digitization of pathology gives us the unprecedented opportunity to access vast amounts of unlocked data from tumor tissue and view it within the context of other images, results and clinical information,” Perry van Rijsingen, general manager of the Philips Digital Pathology Solutions, told DOTmed News.
Mount Sinai has seven hospital campuses that care for 170,000 inpatients and 2.6 million outpatients every year. All of the campuses have compiled hundreds of thousands of tissue samples in glass tissue slides over time, which will be used to create the repository.
The digital repository could enable researchers to analyze tumor tissue from different perspectives, in order to be able to better understand or maybe even predict how the tumor will behave, according to Rijsingen.
“We hope that in the future, the physician will be able to make a better informed decision using predictive analytics to help personalize patient care,” he said. “A repository of patient cases with similar tissue pattern characteristics, linked to known patient outcomes, could help him, hopefully, in the future to select the best treatment option for a particular patient.”