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Philips, Amazon Ink Deal for Digital Pathology Image and Data Storage

NEW YORK – Philips said Tuesday that it has inked a deal to use Amazon Web Services' cloud infrastructure for the storage of digital pathology slide images and their accompanying data.

Philips said that the deal will include the use of Amazon's AWS HealthImaging service to optimize data storage, scaling, and use, as well as the Amazon Bedrock service to support generative AI-based application development and integration.

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Philips said that the deal will help more pathology laboratories to adopt digital pathology workflows and increase productivity by helping them with their data storage, management, and analysis. It added that the need for scalable storage is growing with rising data volumes and the use of artificial intelligence-developed analysis methods.

"As the demand for pathology-based diagnosis continues to increase, we see digital pathology in the cloud as a critical enabler for productivity, scale, and to further transform healthcare diagnostics by opening new avenues for research, education, and the integration of AI to further improve patient care," Shez Partovi, chief innovation and strategy officer for Philips, said in a statement.

Philips said that more than 300 customers use the firm's Philips IntelliSite Pathology digital workflows, and the collaboration with AWS could aid large-scale clinical trials, multi-institute studies, and collaboration on patient care.

The companies noted that the deal builds on an existing collaboration in radiology that involves cloud-based image storage and sharing.