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Northern Care Alliance deploys digital pathology


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Doctors at imaging screen
Image source: Sectra

Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust has begun the deployment of Sectra’s digital pathology solution as part of its digitisation of pathology services.

The trust’s Oldham laboratory has completed technical go-live, with its Salford site set to follow.

This will make digital images available through an enterprise imaging system, provided under an existing agreement in the region with Sectra.

In total, professionals in seven laboratories across the Greater Manchester Pathology Network are due to use the enterprise imaging system, with Stockport NHS Foundation Trust being the first to deploy the pathology module earlier in 2023.

The same system is already in use in acute trusts across Greater Manchester, where it is used to view and analyse radiology imaging across the region’s imaging network.

Revolutionising services

Amanda Ogden, service manager for the cellular pathology and mortuary service at Northern Care Alliance, said: “Digital pathology is the biggest thing in decades to happen in our laboratories, and will revolutionise how we work together across former organisational boundaries to deliver services for patients, and how our clinical teams collaborate.

“Digital is at the top of the agenda. There is strong buy-in from our consultants who are excited by the possibilities for enhancing our diagnostics, but also for research and new discoveries.

“This will support training and improve how we share expertise.”

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