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Fujifilm Partner with One Dorset Pathology Network 

April 23, 2021

Fujifilm Digital Pathology Solutions announce a new partnership with One Dorset Pathology Network to operate a year’s pilot at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.  The Network aims to eventually extend to a wider installation, introducing a fully digital workflow for cellular pathology across its sites in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset County.   

The One Dorset partnership is the first of Fujifilm’s direct awards from the recent PathLAKE digital pathology initiative.  PathLAKE is one of a network of five new Centres of Excellence in digital pathology and medical imaging, and has been supported by a £50m investment from the Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine strand of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, managed and delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  

“There are many reasons why we chose to partner with Fujifilm for this project” said Ashley Ballard, Senior Biomedical Scientist at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.  “Through their partnerships with Sysmex and Inspirata they are able to provide a scanner that could rapidly process all slide types to produce excellent quality images, and display the images on an easy to use and intuitive workflow solution.  This will allow us to eventually scan 100% of our slides in a laboratory with a limited footprint. 

“Fujifilm’s support of cloud computing for digital slide storage is a crucial component in making this project feasible. Fujifilm have also shown in a previous pilot that they are flexible and willing to work with us to make the system work.  It is rare in histology that an opportunity comes up to truly re-shape the service.  But with the introduction of digital pathology and our partnership with Fujifilm we have the chance to radically change how things work for the future. Fujifilm has shown how enthusiastic they are about this opportunity, and have demonstrated a willingness to work with us to make this change happen. I look forward to working with Fujifilm to make this project a reality.”

The pilot will include a high capacity scanner at the Bournemouth hub laboratory, a low capacity scanner at the Dorset County site, workstations for all the pathologists, as well as AI, macro-imagers and voice recognition.  Ashley believes these new digital systems will help attract and retain skilled scientists and pathologists, as well as providing training opportunities to develop staff. He also expects that these systems will significantly improve productivity, efficiency, quality and turnaround times; directly benefiting patient care.

“We are excited to be partnering with the One Dorset Pathology Network as they embark on their digitisation journey” said Emma Hodgkinson, Medical Informatics Sales at Fujifilm UK Ltd.  “With our open platform approach, Fujifilm has combined our experience of implementation and support of medical diagnostic solutions across enterprise-wide programmes with modern digital pathology software and hardware from experienced, innovative providers.  We believe this approach offers a strong, flexible solution, with each partner offering expertise in their field and an open platform to deliver bespoke systems which can fully encompass the technologies required by modern pathology organisations.”

 

Photo credits: Ashley Ballard - Senior Biomedical Scientist at Royal Bournemouth Hospital