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2017 Customer Attitudes and Adoption Plans of Digital Pathology Technologies

2017 Customer Attitudes and Adoption Plans of Digital Pathology Technologies

A digital pathology end-user research was conducted to identify trends and developments in the field of digital pathology. The survey sought to collect the key information on usage and adoption and compare the perceptions of current and potential adopters of this technology.

For the survey, lab managers and pathologists of pathology facilities were invited to participate in an online survey conducted between June 2017 and July 2017. To qualify for survey participation, respondents had to be working in a private or public laboratory, clinical research institution, reference laboratory, academic medical center laboratory, hospital lab, or diagnostic company that employs digital pathology. Respondents had to be constant users or potential users of this technology.

Overall 154 responses were analyzed; more than 77% of the respondents were from the US and nearly 12% were from Europe. A large percent of users are currently using digital pathology tools for research, followed by digital pathology for teaching and education. However, for potential users, automated image analysis topped the list of encouraging areas. It was interesting to note that FDA clearance as a factor did not top the charts in the case of future user.

One of the key trends the survey reflected was the transition of digital pathology to cloud pathology, Cloud-based delivery of solutions has proven to decrease burden on IT staff, and is known to reduce installation time and to eliminate the need for costly IT infrastructure. These benefits can truly globalize digital pathology and promote telepathology to a large extent, for a field in which sharing and communication are vital. Nevertheless, Cloud is only a means to deliver the product; the solution must scale, supply a growing set of functionalities, operate with a central cloud infrastructure, and most importantly, provide a HIPAA-compliant and securely accessible environment.

Another key trend that emerged was the various criteria required by future adopters of digital pathology. Ease of operation and customer support and training surprisingly led in terms of importance (well ahead of price) during vendor selection; this was a similar trend for current users of digital pathology. Despite some similarities in responses between current and future users, there is significant insight that can be garnered with the differences found between these groups.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Research Background, Objectives, Methodology
    • Research Objectives
    • Research Methodology
  • Respondent Demographics
  • General Usage and Topic Areas of Interest
    • Interest in the Usage of Digital Pathology
    • Use Case of Digital Pathology
    • Perception on FDA's clearance on Digital Pathology Products
    • Topics of Interest to Current and Future Users
    • Perceptions on Cloud-Enabled Digital Pathology
    • Perception on Usage of Glass Vs Digital Image for Second Opinion and Consults
    • Uptake of Telepathology in 5 years
  • Current User Trends-Pathology Facility Workload and Budgets
    • Case Load Analysis
    • Overall Lab Budgets for New Instrument Purchase & Annual Lab IT Spend on Storage of Scanned Images
  • Current User Trends-Digital Pathology Workflow Analysis
    • Methods of Recording Data Electronically
    • Technologies Currently Used
    • Image Storage
    • Image Format and Size
    • Monthly Storage and Network Requirement
    • Image Archiving and Image Compression
    • Licensing Model for Image Analysis
    • Frequently Outsourced Capabilities
  • Current User Trends-Vendor Perception from Current Users
    • Criterion for Vendor Selection
    • Brand Awareness-Scanners and APLIS
    • Brand Awareness-PACS and Image Archiving
  • Potential User Trends-Pathology Facility Workload and Budgets
    • Timeframe to Acquire New Solutions
    • Reasons for not Investing Earlier
    • Case Load Assessment
    • Annual Lab Budgets
  • Potential User Trends-Investment into Digital Pathology Workflow
    • Future Planned Investments
    • Image Storage Location
    • Monthly Storage Requirement and Image Format
    • Image Archiving and Image Compression
  • Potential User Trends-Future Adopter Vendor Perception
    • Criterion for Vendor Selection (Future Adopters)
    • Brand Awareness-Scanners and APLIS
    • Brand Awareness-PACS and Image Archiving
    • Top Innovative Companies in Digital Pathology Space
  • Perception of Molecular Pathologists vs. Histopathologists
    • Reasons for Not Investing-Molecular Pathology Vs. Histopathology
    • Use Cases Leading Adoption of Digital Pathology
    • Future Investment in Technology
    • APLIS Vendor Preference
  • The Last Word
    • Future Trends and Observations
  • Appendix
    • Additional Sources of Information

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