May 18, 2024

Digital Pathology Market is Estimated to Witness High Growth Owing to Increasing Technological Advancements

Digital pathology refers to the practice of whole slide imaging and analysis using digital microscopy and computational algorithms. Digital pathology solutions involve capturing digitized slides on a computer system for virtual microscopy by converting glass slides into high-resolution digital slides. Key advantages include enabling the access to slides from remote locations, sharing of cases globally, and advanced analytical capabilities by artificial intelligence integration. The need for digital pathology solutions is increasing as whole slide imaging provides advantages in terms of storage, sharing, remote reviewing, and use of AI tools for disease diagnosis. The Global Digital Pathology Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 994.95 Mn in 2024 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 12.% over the forecast period 2024 to 2031.

Key Takeaways
Key players operating in the digital pathology are Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH, Olympus Corporation, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Merck KGaA, GE Healthcare, Mikroscan Technologies, Inc., Koninklijke Philips N.V., Sectra AB, Propath UK Limited, Inspirata, Inc., Hamamatsu Photonics, Inc., OracleBio Limited, MD Biosciences, Aiforia, Xybion Digital Inc., Nucleai, Inc.
The increasing need for telepathology due to shortage of pathologists is a key opportunity in the digital pathology market. Technological advancements like the integration of artificial intelligence are expected to drive growth in the digital pathology market.

Market drivers
The increasing adoption of digital pathology solutions in diagnostic applications due to advantages like quick and accurate disease diagnosis is a major market driver. Shortage of pathologists and rising workload on diagnostic laboratories are further propelling the demand for digital pathology solutions globally. Integration of artificial intelligence tools for disease diagnosis and prognosis is also expected to fuel the growth of digital pathology market over the forecast period.

Current Challenges in Digital Pathology Market

The digital pathology market is still in nascent stages of development and adoption. Healthcare providers and laboratories face various challenges in digital pathology implementation such as high upfront infrastructure investments in hardware, software, and network systems. An efficient whole slide imaging system requires significant investments to acquire high-quality scanners, storage servers, network infrastructure, and digital pathology analysis software. This poses significant budgetary challenges, especially for small to medium sized hospitals and diagnostic laboratories. Limited expert resources with proper training in digital pathology also acts as a barrier. Lack of standardization and uniform regulatory guidelines also hampers wide adoption of digital pathology solutions. Connectivity and integration challenges with existing laboratory information systems (LIS) also challenge the smooth transition from traditional to digital workflow processes. Overcoming these implementation challenges through innovative funding models, vendor-provider partnerships, comprehensive training programs and formulation of standards will be critical for the future growth of this market.

SWOT Analysis
Strength: Advanced computational pathology tools offer improved accuracy and reproducibility in disease diagnosis. Digital pathology solutions enable wider sharing of slides and remote consultation among global healthcare experts.

Weakness: High dependence on IT infrastructure and network connectivity poses disruption risks. Digital pathology adoption requires changes to established traditional workflow practices in pathology labs.

Opportunity: Rapid evolution of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing provide new avenues for development of advanced computational pathology applications. In emerging markets, replacement of aging microscope infrastructure provides an opportunity.

Threats: Data security and privacy challenges with cloud-based storage solutions. New entrants from information technology industry may disrupt traditional pathology diagnostic domain.

Geographical Regions of Concentration
North America currently accounts for the largest share of the digital pathology market, primarily due to presence of advanced healthcare infrastructure, adoption of new technologies, and large number of ongoing research activities. Europe is the second largest regional market driven by government funding support for healthcare IT projects. Asia Pacific is poised to be the fastest growing regional market during the forecast period owing increased healthcare investments, expansion of healthcare systems, growing medical tourism, and rising incidence of chronic diseases.

Fastest Growing Geographical Region
Asia Pacific region is projected to exhibit the highest growth during forecast period in the digital pathology market. Factors such as increasing healthcare expenditure, large patient pools, healthcare modernization programs of governments, expansion of private healthcare sectors in emerging countries including India, China, and Southeast Asia will accelerate adoption rates. Establishment of new pathology laboratories, replacements of aging microscope equipment and rising clinical research activities will further support regional market growth. Significant untapped opportunities exist in APAC countries for digital pathology solutions due to current low adoption rate but fast upgrading healthcare infrastructure.

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  1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
  2. We have leveraged AI tools to mine information and compile it