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Feb 14, 2021

Philips partners with Gribbles Veterinary to deploy Digital Pathology solution into growing histopathology business

Gribbles installs Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution, a leading digital pathology solution to support customers, pathologists and ongoing business growth 


Auckland, New Zealand – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that it has partnered with Gribbles Veterinary, a subsidiary of Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) and New Zealand’s leading provider of veterinary diagnostic and pathology services, to implement the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution.

Once deployed, the new solution will create a virtual pathology network that will reinvent the pathologist and customer experience. The technology improves turnaround time and enables increased quality and versatility of the digital image provided to pathologists for interpretation and diagnosis. 


Gribbles Veterinary has implemented the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution to improve not only the customer experience but also the operational cost of processing histopathology samples by centralizing the laboratory network. This solution will also help to optimise the pathologists time and create efficiency within the Gribbles histopathology service. Sharing multi-disciplinary knowledge assists pathologists in making informed decisions and opening new insights into diseases. Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution unites demonstrated technologies to improve efficiency, stimulate collaboration and increase diagnostic confidence.


Gribbles Veterinary is dependent on the global recruitment of veterinary pathologists, and COVID-19 created new challenges on-boarding new pathologists. This digital pathology solution will allow Gribbles to decouple the pathologist resource from proximity to the central laboratory in Christchurch whilst enabling remote work in addition to providing operational efficiencies to reduce the time required for interpretation on cases.

The Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution will streamline and centralise the operational processing workflow and enable greater consistency in the quality processing of histology slides via a digital image. At Philips we’ve identified digital pathology as a critical element in the growing digitisation of the healthcare continuum. “We’re excited to be working with Gribbles Veterinary to provide pathologists with access to real-time clinical information in one place – across modalities, time zones, and technologies.”

Matt Moran

General Manager ANZ

“At Gribbles Veterinary, we’re committed to providing animal health professionals with the best pathology service, enabling them to deliver the highest standard of care.  The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the critical need to digitise our diagnostic capabilities and ensure continuity of our service and care delivery.” said James Richardson, General Manager of Gribbles Veterinary, adding that “This technology not only improves the customer experience, thanks to the quality and versatility of the image provided to the pathologist, it also enhances the staff experience by enabling more flexibility in the way, and place, pathologists collaborate and work. This is an important factor for us as we continue to position ourselves as the best place to work”. 

James Richardson

General Manager of Gribbles Veterinary

The Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution in Gribbles Laboratories represents the first development in the newly trusted partnership between Royal Philips and Gribbles Veterinary. This installation also represents another step towards accelerated digital adoption in healthcare and healthcare services in New Zealand. 

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2020 sales of EUR 19.5 billion and employs approximately 82,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

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