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?
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.
- 01Shortfall of diagnostic histopathologists
- 02Growing number of cancer patients
- 03Many 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.