Sectra’s digital pathology solution now available in Poland

Linköping, Sweden, January 10, 2017 – International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra (STO: SECT B) announces a new distribution agreement with Opta-Tech. Under the agreement, Opta-Tech will provide Sectra’s digital pathology solution to the Polish market. Digitizing pathology images increases reviewing efficiency due to fast image access and digital measurement tools. Since Sectra’s solutions for handling medical images are built on the same technical platform, medical images can easily be shared across disciplines. This enhanced ability of collaboration allows clinicians to benefit from integrated diagnostics.

Opta-Tech supplies and integrates IT solutions for research and diagnostic laboratories in Poland. The company has approximately 80 cancer centers and hospitals as customers, making it one of the country’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of medical equipment for digital pathology and molecular diagnostics.

“Poland is a large market where healthcare reforms have been made in order to modernize hospitals. These conditions make Poland an interesting market for us. Opta-Tech’s experience and stable market position makes it an important business partner,” says Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, President and CEO of Sectra.

The distribution agreement comprises Sectra’s digital pathology solution, including VNA for storage of various medical images in a single archive. The solution allows pathologists to make diagnoses and carry out reporting with higher precision and less time spent per case.

Why digital pathology?
Pathology departments analyze tissue samples and bodily fluids to identify the reasons for a patient’s symptoms. The results provide guidance for the diagnosis, follow-up, and treatment of various diseases. There is an acute shortage of pathologists, while at the same time, an aging population and more specialized diagnostics are leading to increasing volumes and demands for more-detailed reports. Digitizing tissue samples allows for shorter wait times, more-accurate diagnoses, and a more-efficient use of resources.

Sectra’s digital pathology solution
Sectra’s digital pathology solution is built on the same platform as Sectra’s solution for handling radiology images (Sectra PACS). This enables in-depth collaboration between radiologists and pathologists, two of the key players in effective cancer care. It also facilitates multi-disciplinary team meetings, which are part of integrated diagnostics. In addition, using a common platform will lead to reduced maintenance and operating costs. Sectra offers a complete solution for primary diagnostics that includes storage solutions and an advanced review workstation. In the US, digital pathology for primary diagnostics is still pending FDA approval. Read more about Sectra’s digital pathology solution.

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, CEO and President Sectra AB, 46 (0) 705 23 52 27
Marie Ekström Trägårdh, Executive Vice President Sectra AB and President Sectra Imaging IT Solutions, 46 (0)708 23 56 10

About Sectra 
The world needs more efficient healthcare and more secure communication. Sectra plays a key role in meeting these needs. Sectra assists hospitals throughout the world to enhance the efficiency of care, and authorities and defense forces in Europe to protect society’s most sensitive information. The company was founded in 1978, has its head office in Linköping, Sweden, with subsidiaries in 14 countries, and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2015/2016 fiscal year totaled SEK 1,073 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com

In the medical market, Sectra develops and sells IT solutions for the management and communication of all types of medical images – primarily in radiology, mammography, pathology and orthopaedics, as well as other departments where medical images are used. Sectra has a strategic focus on making cancer care more efficient. More than 1,700 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use Sectra’s systems daily. This makes Sectra one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions for managing medical images and patient information. The company commands a market-leading position in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal, holds a prominent position in the UK and is growing in the US. Sectra has delivered some of the largest installations of medical IT systems worldwide and its systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East.

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Sectra assists hospitals throughout the world to enhance the efficiency of care, and authorities and defense forces in Europe to protect society’s most sensitive information. Thereby, Sectra contributes to a healthier and safer society. The company was founded in 1978, has its head office in Linköping, Sweden, with direct sales in 19 countries, and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2017/2018 fiscal year totaled SEK 1,267 million. The Sectra share (STO: SECT B) is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more information, visit www.sectra.com.

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Poland is a large market where healthcare reforms have been made in order to modernize hospitals. These conditions make Poland an interesting market for us. Opta-Tech’s experience and stable market position makes it an important business partner.
Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, President and CEO of Sectra