Use in Developing Countries

I donate money to a medical charity that aims to improve access to specialist healthcare in developing countries. Is there any hope for patients in those countries to benefit from significant improvements in diagnostics?

Regular process

There is a growing shortfall in the number of histopathologists, particularly in developing countries, where healthcare is either difficult to access, prohibitively expensive to low-income patients or in short supply altogether. 

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    Shortfall of diagnostic histopathologists
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    Growing number of cancer patients
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    Many low-income patients

4D Path Process

Although histopathologists’ diagnostic activity is highly skilled, technicians with minimal training can easily carry out the processing of cytology/biopsy/ resection specimens. 4D Path’s global access platform can thus offer an affordable solution to any center able to digitize diagnostic slides (where benchtop scanners can be purchased for $30k or partly subsidized by international medical aid agencies). Once scanned, these images can be analyzed on 4D Path’s Cloud-based platform, effectively relieving the diagnostic bottleneck. Access could further be enhanced by the adoption of flexible or partly subsidized pricing strategies.

There is a growing shortfall in the number of diagnostic histopathologists globally. This is particularly prominent in developing countries, where healthcare services may be difficult to access, prohibitively expensive to low-income patients or in short supply altogether. Although histopathological diagnosis is a highly skilled activity, the processing of biopsy/surgical specimens is not and can be performed by technicians or biomedical scientists with minimal training requirements. Moreover, affordable solutions for diagnostic slide digitization are increasingly becoming available with the advent of low throughput benchtop scanners. With the use of a simple Internet connection, these scanned images originating from anywhere in the world could be analyzed on 4D Path’s Cloud-based platform, effectively relieving diagnostic bottlenecks. Access could further be enhanced by the adoption of flexible or partly subsidized pricing strategies.