Nottingham, UK– May 3, 2023 – Source LDPath, a part of the Source BioScience Group, has been selected as the winner of the “Best Hospital Technology Implementation” award in the 7th annual MedTech Breakthrough Awards program conducted by MedTech BreakThrough, an independent market intelligence organisation that recognises the top companies, technologies and products in the global health and medical technology market.
Source LDPath incorporated an end-to-end modular integration pathology workflow with East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) to digitise and digitalise their pathology department, which has radically lowered their cancer diagnostic reporting times from over two weeks to under three days. The impact of implementing a digital operating model into the NHS Trust has been transformative for the NHS workforce, as well as the patients awaiting diagnostic testing. This partnership between Source LDPath and EKHUFT has been widely recognised as a clinical success in the UK for advancing workflow efficiency, modernising NHS workforce operations and improving patient care.
The main steps taken were to connect two secure systems and implement a state-of-the-art digital slide scanner that converts traditional glass slides into digital slides – high resolution, interactive, digital solution to capture and analyse case submission samples. Connecting systems and sharing images in this way allows the EKHUFT laboratory to assess and diagnose patients far more rapidly, due to digital sharing of samples with a wide network of medical professionals, providing reports to clinical colleagues and facilitating the sharing of complex cases with multiple pathologists; anywhere and at any time – greatly reducing turnaround times and the need for sample shipping and logistics.
Source BioScience Executive Chairman and CEO, Jay LeCoque, said “This is the first integration of its kind in the UK, bringing renowned histopathology expertise and rapid diagnoses to NHS patients whilst considerably alleviating the pressures currently facing this NHS Trust. Wider adoption of these systems is expected to help with the immense diagnostic backlogs reported across the country.”
The mission of the MedTech Breakthrough Awards is to honour excellence and recognise the innovation, hard work and success in a range of health and medical technology categories, including Telehealth, Clinical Administration, Patient Engagement, Electronic Health Records (EHR), Virtual Care, Medical Devices, Medical Data and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 4,000 nominations from over 17 different countries throughout the world.
“Unfortunately, the nationwide pathologist shortage in the UK has been delaying cancer diagnoses and straining a workforce already under immense pressure,” said James Johnson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough. “Leveraging innovation through the combination of installing a state-of-the-art digital scanner that converts traditional glass slides into Digital Slides, to securely connecting two separate reporting systems, is one of the few ways in which healthcare systems can catch up with the increasing diagnostic demands combined with declining numbers of pathologists. This technology from Source LDPath has significantly reduced turnaround times for providing clinicians and patients with their results. Congratulations on being our choice for the ‘Best Hospital Technology Implementation!’”
About Source BioScience Ltd
Source BioScience is a leading international provider of integrated state-of-the-art laboratory services with a focus on improving patient diagnosis, management and care. Group revenues are derived from three core business units:
- Healthcare Diagnostics
- Stability Storage
About MedTech Breakthrough
Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the MedTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence and innovation in medical & health technology companies, products, services and people. The MedTech Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough healthcare and medical companies and products in categories that include Patient Experience & Engagement, Health & Fitness, Medical Devices, Clinical Administration, Connected Healthcare, Medical Data, Healthcare Cybersecurity and more. For more information visit MedTechBreakthrough.com.