Sectra and Dutch hospital UMC Utrecht enter partnership to accelerate the adoption of AI technology in clinic use

Linköping, Sweden – March 5, 2020 – International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra (STO: SECT B) and University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) in the Netherlands have signed a collaboration agreement. The partnership aims to supply healthcare providers with applications based on artificial intelligence (AI) in an easier, faster and more secure manner using an infrastructure developed in the UMC Utrecht. This collaboration will accelerate the clinical adoption of AI technology, thereby improving patient care.

“The research experience and existing technical infrastructure of UMC Utrecht and Sectra’s global position in the market provide a unique opportunity to bring AI into clinical practice on a large scale around the world,” says Wouter Veldhuis, radiologist and co-developer of the infrastructure at UMC Utrecht “Using AI algorithms in clinical practice allows the radiologist to be more precise, thereby improving patient care.”

Sectra’s vendor-neutral approach already gives healthcare providers the opportunity to integrate AI applications from any vendor. Through this partnership, and the technical infrastructure developed by UMCU, access to AI applications will be even easier. AI applications from collaborating vendors will be seamlessly integrated into the existing clinical workflow. This makes access to these applications easy, fast and secure. 

“This partnership is an important component in enabling our customers to easily start using AI technology without the need to procure and integrate themselves,” says Fredrik Häll, Vice President Product Management at Sectra Imaging IT Solutions. “UMC Utrecht is a long-standing luminary customer for enterprise imaging and a front runner in digitalizing pathology together with Sectra.” 

The partnership will also enable research institutions to streamline and simplify deployment and evaluation of in-house developed AI applications in their research and production environment.

About Sectra’s achievements in AI
Sectra is strongly engaged in the development of state-of-the-art AI solutions, both in-house and in collaborative settings. For example, Sectra provides the technical infrastructure for the Analytic Imaging Diagnostics Arena (AIDA), a national Swedish arena for innovation in AI for diagnostics. 

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About Sectra Imaging IT Solutions
With more than 30 years of innovation and 2,000 installations, Sectra is a leading global provider of imaging IT solutions that support healthcare in achieving patient-centric care. Sectra offers an enterprise imaging solution comprising PACS for imaging-intense departments (radiology, pathology, cardiology, orthopaedics), VNA, and share and collaborate solutions. Read more about Sectra’s enterprise imaging solution and why Sectra PACS is “Best in KLAS” at https://medical.sectra.com/.

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
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 2018/2019 fiscal year totaled SEK 1,413 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange. For more information, visit https://sectra.com/.

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This partnership is an important component in enabling our customers to easily start using AI technology without the need to procure and integrate themselves.
Fredrik Häll, Vice President Product Management at Sectra Imaging IT Solutions