WESTBROOK, Maine - IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), under which the company will use the Philips Digital Pathology Solution VET in IDEXX Reference Laboratories to digitize veterinary histopathology images. Creating a virtual digital pathology network will reduce turnaround time and provide even better service to practicing veterinarians around the world.
“The Philips pathology slide scanner and viewer allows us to leverage the expertise of our global veterinary pathologists in real time, and operationally integrates within our Lean Six Sigma practices,” said Jeremy Johnson, head of IDEXX North America Anatomic Pathology and Histology. “It also provides real-time pathologist-to-pathologist collaboration, regardless of location, which enables us to provide veterinary pathology services that exceed our customers’ expectations.”
The Philips Digital Pathology Solution VET will streamline IDEXX veterinary pathology and histology operations, improving turnaround time for customers. The use of web-based tools will provide flexibility in day-to-day operations and give veterinarians convenient access to subject-matter experts within IDEXX Reference Laboratories’ centers of excellence, including oncology, dermatology and immunohistochemistry, as well as avian and exotics.
“The digital revolution in health care has enabled new ways of improving medical outcomes at lower costs,” said Perry van Rijsingen, general manager, Philips Digital Pathology Solutions. “With the Philips Digital Pathology Solution VET for veterinary use, IDEXX is now implementing the latest innovations with the aim of further enhancing the health and well-being of pets and livestock.”
This agreement to use the Philips Digital Pathology Solution VET in IDEXX Reference Laboratories represents the most recent development in the long-standing partnership between Royal Philips and IDEXX Reference Laboratories.