HealthManagement, Volume 7 - Issue 2, 2012 HIT

Aperio, provider of digital pathology  systems, announced a strategic collaboration  with Dell to create the  world's first scalable, secure medical  cloud network for Pathology. Through  its secure cloud-based Unified Clinical  Archive solution, Dell manages nearly  five billion medical images and studies  for healthcare organisations.  

Now, Dell will host the existing  suite of Aperio's solutions for digital  pathology. Fortified by Dell's standards-  based technology and storage  capabilities, Aperio's ePathology Network  ™ solution will provide secure,  compliant, worldwide access to pathology  consultations via the cloud.  

"Our goal is to address the regional  and global imbalances of pathology expertise  available for patient care by enabling  access to pathologists for all types  of consultations, regardless of location.  With Dell's cloud-based archiving platform,  we can make our ePathology Solutions  ™ more widely available", said David  Schlotterbeck, CEO of Aperio.  

"This state-of-the-art ePathology Network  technology from Aperio will revolutionise  the practice of secondary consultations,"  stated Dr. Jonathan Epstein,  Director of Surgical Pathology at Johns  Hopkins Hospital. "We fully expect that the  time to return an opinion on these cases  will be significantly reduced — from multiple  days to as a few as a couple of hours  in critical cases. This will have a significant  positive impact on patient care."  

Dell and Aperio are also collaborating  to develop the world's leading repository  of characterised digital slide images and  cases, which will include the Juan Rosai  Collection of Surgical Pathology Seminars.  This furthers another mission of  Aperio to make quality educational and  reference materials more readily available  to all pathologists around the world. The  eSlide Repository™ will be a fulcrum for  the healthcare and life sciences industries'  focus on personalised medicine and  enhanced precision and predictability.  

"Dell is excited to work with Aperio  to facilitate the archiving and sharing of  whole slide pathology images via the  cloud," said James Coffin, Ph.D., Vice  President and General Manager of Dell  Healthcare and Life Sciences. "This is a  prime example of how on-premise and  cloud-based solutions with applicationneutral  data management capabilities  can break down traditional information  silos and allow healthcare organisations  to securely manage, store and  share data to advance patient care."  

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