Monthly archives: February, 2021

Huron Digital Pathology and Dell Technologies Accelerate Adoption of Digital Pathology and Artificial Intelligence in EMEA

first_imgThanks to population increases, an ageing population and a rise in chronic disease, the global healthcare industry has no choice but to become more effective and efficient in the way it operates. Added to that, there is a growing shortage of healthcare workers.Cancer cases on the rise but fewer pathologistsFor example, in Europe, the number of cancer cases continues to rise while the number of pathologists is declining with a decreasing percentage of medical graduates choosing to specialise in that area. As a result, the waiting times for patient diagnosis is growing, sometimes taking six to seven weeks to receive results This is not good for patients as it means delaying the start of important treatment.Technology to plug the gapWhile there’s no single panacea to this complex issue, I believe that technology has an important role to play in driving efficiencies as well as freeing up workload. In a previous blog, I discussed how IT technology is transforming healthcare by speeding up genome sequencing, leading to faster and more accurate diagnosis. Today, I want to examine the role of digital pathology, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence in modern clinical practice.The traditional processWe’re all familiar with the traditional process of providing tissue samples for testing. Once collected, the sample is sent by the GP for analysis in a lab, where it’s placed on a glass slide to be examined by a pathologist under a microscope.When additional opinions are needed, this typically involves the glass slide being transported to another hospital by courier or taxi. Challenges include lost slides in transit, delays in communicating results to patients plus the whole logistical challenge of indexing glass slides and keeping track of where each sample was at any given moment in time. As you can imagine, this isn’t an efficient process. I’ve heard that one pathologist actually wrote his own programme to track where the slides were on their journey!And, of course, not being able to have all the experts share and comment at the same time is not only inefficient due to the increased time involved in writing and reviewing reports but doctors are also missing the opportunity to react to someone else’s view in real time and have an interactive discussion.Transforming glass slides into shareable knowledgeThe good news is that digital pathology has already disrupted this workflow. Whole-slide imaging, the availability of faster networks, and cheaper storage solutions have made it increasingly easier for pathologists to manage digital slide images and share them for clinical use, enabling real-time consultation and decreasing the time it takes for the patient to receive an accurate diagnosis. Apart from improving the patient experience, this has proven particularly helpful for smaller hospitals that wouldn’t normally have access to high-quality research expertise. From a training perspective, digital imaging technology also provides a way to preserve, share, duplicate, and study a specimen, benefiting medical researchers, and scientists. The next stage in digital pathologyHowever, up until this point, adoption levels have been relatively slow as hospital labs already have microscopes in place and the process of preparing the glass slides prior to scanning still needs to be done. And so, while digitising slides has been a hugely significant development, in many ways, sharing is only half the solution.What if technology could work with any digitised images, index them and make them searchable? What if Artificial Intelligence could interrogate multiple libraries of images so that when a clinician detected a tumour, the database could be searched to find all similar tumours? The clinician could then evaluate the treatment and subsequent outcomes before designing an effective personalised treatment for the patient.First-ever image search engine for pathologyThe good news is that a new, cost-effective solution – based on standard IT computing, which can run alongside existing scanners and PACS – is now available. Huron Digital Pathology has worked with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions to co-develop a reference architecture, effectively an IT-based appliance solution, which works in conjunction with existing equipment.The Huron AI-powered image search software solution searches and identifies similar tumours, along with the reports and diagnosis of other pathologists in seconds, giving multiple opinions to aid the pathologist in making a decision. The solution powered by Dell EMC server technology is based on Intel architecture with GPU cards from NVIDIA, complete with a pathologist viewing workstation and Isilon storage.I believe that this solution will emphatically prove the business case for digital pathology, free-up pathologists to take on additional cases, enable better primary diagnostics, create a platform for more effective multidisciplinary teams. and over the longer-term, enable new breakthroughs in patient treatments.Looking aheadThis addition of machine learning, and AI to digital pathology is opening the door to new advances in personalised medicine. The ability to mine features from slide images that might not be visually discernible to a pathologist, also offers the opportunity for better quantitative modelling of diseases, which should lead to improved prediction of disease aggressiveness and patient outcomes.An established player in the US and Canada over the last twenty years, Huron’s goal is to work with Dell Technologies to make digital pathology, machine learning and AI ubiquitous in hospitals and research institutions throughout Europe. Our team is proud to contribute to this development. I believe that this is a great example of how IT technology can be a force for good, driving human progress and making a real difference to society.Do you work in healthcare? If so, I’d love to hear your reactions, comments and questions.  Learn more about Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Healthcare Learn more about Huron Digital PathologyLearn more about Dell 2030 Social Impact GoalsFollow us on Twitter @delltechoem and join our LinkedIn OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page here.last_img read more

Build the Right Hybrid Cloud for your Business

first_imgI have been working with companies on their IT strategies long enough to remember the calls to “get out of the data center game.” Not that long ago, many were convinced that a pure public cloud model would win out. Now, even hyperscalers are embracing the hybrid cloud by launching cloud appliances designed to run in their customers’ data centers.This makes sense when you consider the forces pushing companies to the hybrid cloud. The “three laws of the cloud” that VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger articulated – the laws of the physics, laws of economics, and laws of the land – have driven companies to keep a substantial portion of IT on-premises. Hyperscalers, realizing this, now view the data center as the next frontier for winning share.Essentially, the focus of debate has evolved from “should you have a hybrid cloud?” into deeper and more interesting territory. Now, the real questions are “where should you place your workloads?” and “what infrastructure should you trust to support your essential data and applications?”Let’s examine that last question. Here are some principles to apply when evaluating hybrid cloud infrastructure.Avoid one-size-fits-all solutionsWhen it comes to your private cloud, details definitely matter. Be sure to get the full picture when evaluating your infrastructure choices.Be aware that one-size-fits-all solutions in the industry are architected differently from traditional data center solutions. For example, in the case of hyperscalers, resiliency is built into the software layer so apps keep working regardless of failing servers. While this works in hyperscale environments, the messy reality is many of your apps aren’t architected that way. Taking existing, one-size-fits-all hyperscale technology and software, packaging it up and establishing a presence within your data center is very different from crafting a solution to meet your specific app requirements.The cloud appliance model is certainly a compelling vision for the hyperscalers. They can take existing technology and software, package it up, and establish a presence within their customers’ data centers. They can capture more data, more workloads. This does not, of course, mean that these appliances will meet your needs.In the public cloud, hyperscalers have taken a generic, one-size-fits-all approach. The path to value in the data center, however, has always been to customize deeply to meet specific requirements. The two challenges are worlds apart. Ultimately, hyperscalers are unable to provide the adaptation and flexibility that is often critical to getting performance and results.Prioritize choice and controlCompanies are already challenged to orchestrate their complex infrastructure. When cloud appliance offerings force them to give up flexibility and oversight, they make it harder to design and run an effective hybrid cloud. You need more control and choice, not less.The Dell Technologies Cloud (DTC) offers you the freedom to choose the right mix of private, public cloud, and edge cloud for your business. You can also extend your hybrid cloud to a broad spectrum of 4200 cloud providers, including all the leading hyperscalers. Our cloud supports containerization, including Kubernetes, as well as deep support for virtualization so your developers can use the model that’s right for them.We also understand the need for consumption models that meet your business needs. With Dell Technologies Cloud, you can choose between on-demand subscription and pay-outright models or a combination of both. You can choose the level of flexibility you require, choosing between a fully-managed, hands-off operating model or one in which you maintain full control of your infrastructure.Discover what you can do with the Dell Technologies CloudIf you are like most companies, you need to strengthen your edge computing capabilities and find ways to manage more distributed data centers. You need to simplify, protect, and optimize your data and infrastructure. You need help automating management challenges like backups, disaster recovery, and compliance while ensuring consistent security profiles across workloads.That is what Dell Technologies delivers, including advanced HCI platforms, proven validated designs, and deep integration with VMware. Our portfolio of connected solutions makes it easy and simple to create a hybrid cloud that is secure, automated, and simple to manage. We offer the most complete set of infrastructure choices, including support for PowerMax and Dell EMC UnityXT, enabling you to build and scale your compute network in a way that makes sense for your business.With Dell EMC and the Dell Technologies Cloud, you get the reliability and performance you need, without sacrificing the ease of use and simplicity that attracted you to the cloud in the first place. If you want to see what the future looks like, take Dell Technologies Cloud for a spin today.Follow us at @DellTechCloud.last_img read more

California reveals data used to lift stay-at-home order

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s health department released to the public previously secret projections for future hospital intensive care unit capacity throughout the state, the key metric for lifting the coronavirus stay-at-home order. However, state officials did not explain Monday how regional per capita virus cases and transmission rates that also were released might influence how much ICU space will be available in four weeks. Last week, state health officials told The Associated Press they were keeping all the data secret because it is complicated and might mislead the public. Coronavirus experts and open government advocates criticized the move, saying the public has the right to know what’s behind decisions that impact their lives.last_img read more

Checked by reality, some QAnon supporters seek a way out

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory are now turning to online support groups and even therapy to help them move on, now that it’s clear Donald Trump’s presidency is over. Former adherents interviewed by The Associated Press say the process of leaving QAnon is akin to kicking a drug habit, and urge Americans to show empathy to those who fell for the hoax, which suggested that Trump was fighting a secretive war against a sprawling conspiracy of powerful Satanic pedophiles. Yet while some QAnon supporters are leaving the movement, others are concocting ever more elaborate explanations to keep their faith alive.last_img read more