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June 9, 2011

UPMC signs medical services pact in China

UPMC announced recently that it will provide remote, second-opinion pathology consultations to KingMed Diagnostics, the largest independent medical diagnostic laboratory in China.

Using equipment that scans glass pathology slides and stores and transmits images electronically, KingMed will have the ability to seek second opinions on patient diagnoses from UPMC’s pathologists through a secure, web-based telepathology portal.

The service is expected to start by late summer.

Travis Tu, head of UPMC’s new representative’s office in Shanghai, said this is the first of what UPMC hopes will be many agreements to provide medical services throughout Asia. “UPMC’s reputation for clinical excellence is attracting partners like KingMed. At the same time, by leveraging our clinical successes in western Pennsylvania, UPMC is able to generate revenue that supports jobs and world-class health care and research at home,” Tu said.

The collaboration also is expected to include training for Chinese pathologists in UPMC’s Pittsburgh facilities, as well as joint academic meetings.

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