DNP and PSP Corporation Form PACS Tie Up
Will jointly promote medical imaging analysis-driven diagnostic support service
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) and PSP Corporation (PSP) have entered into a business alliance in the Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS1) area, and will jointly promote new services, including an image analysis-driven diagnostic support service targeting hospitals and clinics.
DNP has long promoted R&D and business development in the life science area. For example, the Company is engaged in the development of imaging analysis technology based on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the eyeball and the brain, designed to help investigate the causes of sicknesses, treatments and early detection. PSP holds the fourth ranked share in the market for the manufacture and marketing of PACS. As a result of this business alliance, the alliance partners plan to use the image data obtained from various imaging analysis devices, and enhance imaging diagnostic support services to improve the quality of diagnostics and treatment.
By combining PACS and peripheral systems from PSP, and DNP' s imaging processing technology developed in printing and plate-making, the alliance partners aim to provide new imaging diagnostic support functions capable of displaying diagnostic materials, such as those related to the emergence of breast cancer.
In addition to the increasing sophistication and specialization of medicine, community healthcare is also facing the challenge of a lack of physicians with specialized knowledge. As a solution to overcome this challenge, DNP and PSP will jointly develop a remote imaging diagnostic support service, using IT to send images photographed at community hospitals and clinics, and have remotely located radiologists with specialized medical knowledge make a diagnosis before returning a report of the results.
The alliance partners will develop medical imaging diagnostic-related software, aiming to launch an image analysis-driven diagnostic support service in FY 2015. The partners will also jointly plan for global development of the new service, beginning with Southeast Asia.