The modern laboratory is changing at an exponential rate due to rapid technological advancements in data management and information technology.
The ability to analyze and manage scanned slides for virtual microscopic viewing is revolutionizing the clinical laboratory as well as the laboratory work space. The microscope and cabinet storage is being replaced by digital scanners and virtual microscopy. Thanks to the advent of big data and secured cloud storage, today’s medical professional has access to an unprecedented amount of patient data and research, right at their fingertips.
Markets and Markets is reporting the digital pathology market is being projected to grow 12% annually until 2017 an expected to reach over $336 million. The largest market is in North America, with Europe and Asia following behind. Asia's market is expected to grow as technology becomes more cost effective.
The uses of digital pathology include improving laboratory process efficiency, cutting laboratory costs, and preserving slide images. The major American companies taking part in this digital pathology boom so far are Aperio Technologies and Ventana Medical Systems.