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Proscia Brings Artificial Intelligence to Cancer Research and Diagnostics on AWS Using Concentriq


Addressing Cancer Research Challenges Using Technology

For 150 years, cancer research and diagnosis have been limited to the subjective interpretation of what the human eye could see under a microscope. Most pathologists still examine glass slides under microscopes, making decisions without the benefit of technology that has supported increased efficiency, cost reduction, and improved patient outcomes throughout the rest of the life sciences and healthcare industries. And as workloads expand globally, the field has struggled to address a shortage of pathologists and laboratory staff.


Proscia’s mission is to perfect cancer diagnosis with intelligent software that changes the way that the world practices pathology. AWS provides customers an efficient solution right out of the box.”

Coleman Stavish
Chief Technology Officer, Proscia 

Building a Digital Pathology Solution on AWS

Software company Proscia developed a digital pathology software solution, called Concentriq. Running natively on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Concentriq can scale to support the most complex pathology operations. It also serves as the foundation for labs looking to apply computational pathology—a branch of pathology that uses artificial intelligence (AI), not subjective observation, to analyze digitized pathology images—into their workflows. Concentriq also integrates with third-party solutions, so that it can pull patient data from laboratory information systems and images from any slide scanner. Using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)—an object storage service that offers industry-leading
scalability, data availability, security, and performance—Concentriq users can manage all their pathology data in the cloud with high scalability while keeping costs under control. 

To support the highly variable demands of digital pathology, Concentriq runs on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), which makes it simple to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. To power the workload, Concentriq uses Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), which provides secure, resizable compute capacity. And through Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling—which makes it easy to automatically add or remove Amazon EC2 instances—Proscia can maintain application availability under the vast and varying workloads of pathologists. Concentriq works in conjunction with an organization’s existing AWS footprint, simplifying the implementation process.

Moving Toward the Future of Pathology Using Digital Solutions

On AWS, Concentriq provides researchers and pathologists with a single interface for reading images, rendering diagnoses, managing imaging data, and collaborating instantly and remotely with experts around the world. “Proscia’s mission is to perfect cancer diagnosis with intelligent software that changes the way that the world practices pathology,” says Coleman Stavish, cofounder and chief technology officer of Proscia. “AWS provides customers an efficient solution right out of the box.” 

Proscia’s customers range from 10 of the world’s largest biopharma companies to health systems, commercial labs, and leading academic medical centers. One customer, the Joint Pathology Center, delivers pathology consultation for the US government and maintains a tissue repository of more than 55 million glass slides for biomedical research. Due to the special requirements of working with a federal entity, Proscia uses AWS GovCloud (US), which gives government customers and their partners flexibility to architect secure cloud solutions that align with compliance regimes. “Advanced software—coupled with flexible, scalable, and secure information technology infrastructure—are required to build the future of pathology,” Stavish says. By building on AWS, “Proscia . . . delivers solutions that help our customers realize this vision.”

About Proscia

Proscia is a software company that is accelerating pathology’s digital transformation to change disease management. Its Concentriq digital pathology software and AI applications use data to advance the 150-year-old standard of research and diagnosis.

Benefits of AWS

  • Scales to support complex pathology operations
  • Works alongside third-party solutions to optimize patient data collection
  • Centralizes pathology data in the cloud
  • Controls costs of digital pathology processes
  • Provides single interface to help researchers and pathologists manage data

AWS Services Used

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) offers the broadest and deepest compute platform, with over 500 instances and choice of the latest processor, storage, networking, operating system, and purchase model to help you best match the needs of your workload.

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Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) is a collection of managed services that makes it simple to set up, operate, and scale databases in the cloud. Choose from seven popular engines and deploy on-premises with Amazon RDS on AWS Outposts.. 

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Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. 

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AWS GovCloud (US)

AWS GovCloud (US) enables customers to adhere to ITAR regulations, the FedRAMP requirements, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), DoD (SRG) Impact Levels 2 and 4 and 5, and several other security and compliance requirements.

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