Advanced, affordable digital pathology comes to India

GLOBAL digital pathology solutions provider, OptraSCAN and Neuberg Diagnostics, one of the top four diagnostics service provider in India, have launched Global TELEPath Network for the pathologist community in UAE, India and South Africa under a new joint venture namely, ‘Neuberg Inc’. The joint venture is in the initial phase and will be formed in three months. The Global TELEPath Network, promoted by OptraSCAN was launched in US and European region last year.

The new venture combines the exceptional histopathology and cytology services provided by Neuberg Diagnostics with advanced digital pathology capabilities offered by OptraSCAN and brings to the table a whole new array of services related to digitisation of tissue slides and telepathology with an objective of making new-age life-saving healthcare technology available to the humankind.

The JV promises access to a large pool of histopathologists – who diagnose and study diseases using an expert medical interpretation of cells and tissue samples – from UAE, India and South Africa. Histopathology is, among other applications, integral to cancer management through the staging and grading of tumours.

We are delighted to be partnering with Neuberg Diagnostics. This new venture, ‘Neuberg DIGIPATH, powered by OptraSCAN Inc’, is the next step forward in a healthcare collaboration that combines the expertise and capabilities of OptraSCAN with Neuberg Diagnostics to provide advanced and affordable digital pathology products in India, Middle East, Africa and beyond,” said Abhi Gholap, Founder & CEO, OptraSCAN. “OptraSCAN’s Global TELEPath Network has great market traction in the USA and European region, so this venture is also a part of our global strategy to create innovative healthcare affiliations with leading healthcare providers around the globe to enhance our reach in untapped regions.”

These new venture services comprise digitisation of tissue slides, storage and archiving, slide discussions and digital learning modules, automated slide processing platforms, and second-opinion teleconsulting services. Apart from user-friendly features like a compact, high-resolution and cloud-ready platform with smart-recognition facilities, the new entity promises an economically priced ‘walk-away technology’ for the healthcare sector. The partners intend to provide labs with cutting-edge technology using the following products and services:

  • OptraSCAN’s 15-slide
  • OptraSCAN’s Image Management tools
  • OptraSCAN’s Telepathology Software platform and second Opinion Services through a teleportal to be launched with Neuberg Digipath.com
  • Neuberg’s own Histopathology Network based in India / Middle East & Africa
  • Enrolling world class histopathologists for second Opinion Services through a TelePath site called NeubergDigipat.com
  • Cost effective neutral digitisation services for all healthcare institutions and patients in all key locations where Neuberg network is present
  • Digital sharing and learning platform for practicing pathologists and pathology students using data analytics, artificial intelligence tools, and digital slide library

Neuberg’s vision has always been to deploy the most advanced technologies assisted by data science and artificial intelligence tools. This has brought some of the best pathologists, biochemists, geneticists, microbiologists and several other clinical lab professionals from around the world to work closely, sharing knowledge and using the latest generation of diagnostics techniques”, said Dr GSK Velu, founder, and chairman, Neuberg Diagnostics. “With OptraSCAN’s expertise in providing new-age technology that is well-equipped with AI & ML-based analysis tools, the newly combined organisation will enable us to expand the service as well as the geographic reach of Neuberg’s existing lab services. We expect the economies of scale from this partnership to help us bring better value to our clients and expand our service offerings.”

Through this partnership, joint venture, both the companies aim to expand their market base and have planned a phase and region-wise expansion. In phase-I, the JV intends to launch its products and services in UAE, India and South Africa; followed by phase-II, wherein it hopes to expand their offerings to Rest of Asia, Europe and the rest of Africa. The JV partners intend to make on-demand cutting-edge digital pathology solutions available to leading hospitals in the Middle East region thus taking healthcare and diagnostics deep into the digital age.

Digital pathology – the future scope of pathology opens up new vistas to daily reporting, expert opinions, peer consults, quality assessment, storage, and artificial intelligence NEUBERG DIGIPATH builds bridges along this journey with complete digital pathology solutions,” says Dr Jayaram, head of Histopathology and Cytology Services of Neuberg Diagnostics Network.

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