Pathologie 4.0 ©

Three Components for Safety

The system consists of three components, also available for use independent of each other: an intelligent sample container for biopsies, a machine for automated sample entry, and a secure online platform to facilitate communication between the physician and the pathology laboratory.

Web-Plattform

The sending physician provides pertinent sample details for the pathologist (e.g. pictures, videos, drawings, preliminary findings, etc.), which, unlike before, can now be sent through a digital platform based on a highly secure database. Our encrypted data platform provides seamless communication between the sending physicians and pathology laboratories and real time updates on sample status – from sending the sample to diagnosis.

Intelligent Sample Containers

Patient samples in pathology labs today need to be manually repacked into different containers and relabeled. inveox provides sample containers with integrated filters that allow for automated assembly into biopsy cassettes. This way the sample always stays in a container. Sample mix-ups and impurities are a thing of the past. To facilitate data transfer, Track & Trace, and process control, the sample containers each have a unique ID.

Automation Device

With inveox’s proprietary machine, dozens of sample containers can be loaded and processed simultaneously. The machine identifies the sample, photographs the tissue for further documentation and supplementary findings, and removes the formalin. Afterwards, encoded with the same identification number as the sample container, the biopsy cassette is dispensed from the machine and ready for further processing. This acceleration of sample entry means a higher throughput of samples for the lab and technicians are available to focus on value-adding tasks. Notably, the automated disposal of formalin creates a safer work environment in the laboratory.
In addition to sample preparation, the machine is equipped with an image recognition module. The use of highly sensitive industrial cameras in conjunction with special algorithms opens up new potentials during the sample entry process. For example, the machine links the QR-coded sample to the patient concerned and detects tissue features – and for the first time, gathering data is digitized, automated, and structured for future use.