Metropolis launches HistoXpert to advance tissue diagnosticsFebruary 5, 2019
India’s leading diagnostic chain Metropolis Healthcare Ltd has launched a unique subsidiary— Metropolis HistoXpert Digital Services (P) Ltd, to offer advanced tissue investigation services in India. The new unit, which will collaborate with hospitals across the country to provide integrated services with more sub-specialties and digital pathology, was formed on the concept of reflex testing. This helps avoiding the hassle of having to order more tests to reach a final diagnosis.
HistoXpert will leverage Metropolis’ existing capabilities of a highly skilled team and a panel of sub-specialty experts to provide these services
using latest technologies such as pathology slide scanner, image management system and a display. This diagnostic solution is also complemented by software tools to manage the scanning, storage, presentation, reviewing and sharing of information to enable a complete digital work flow.
The concept of a dedicated histopathology lab service for providing tailor-made services to hospitals is being introduced for the first time in India. It helps even smaller hospitals avail the whole series of tests irrespective of the volume that they get, without maintaining such large infrastructure and huge panel of experts.
“We at Metropolis understand that running an in-house histopathology set up is not a viable option for hospitals with less than 500-600 samples a month. Therefore, Metropolis HistoXpert is our end to end automated processing and digitization solutions to all hospitals,” says Sanjeev Nair, chief executive officer, Metropolis HistoXpert, in an interview with Future Medicine.
At the same time, it is necessary for every hospital to maintain a complete and accurate pathology report for getting a precise diagnosis and deciding on the best treatment plan for the patient, he added.
“And the other major innovation that we are going introduce with the launch of HistoXpert is digital pathology, which marks a key milestone for innovation in pathology. This will also increase accuracy and efficiency in patient care,” Sanjeev Nair said.
With 106 clinical laboratories and 1,130 patient touch points, Metropolis is currently one of the leading diagnostic chains in India. Founded by Dr Sushil Kanubhai Shah in 1980, it offers a broad range of some 3,480 clinical laboratory tests and 524 profiles. Its systems and services broadly include clinical research, laboratory in hospital, lab on lease, home collection services, preventive health check-ups and corporate and wellness solutions.
During the financial year 2018, Metropolis conducted approximately 16.0 million tests from approximately 7.7 million patient visits. The global reference laboratory is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP).