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Philips aligns healthcare informatics business to simplify the flow of patient data throughout the hospital


New structure strengthens company’s healthcare informatics strategy and focuses effort to deliver solutions that help hospitals effectively manage patient information

Andover, Mass. — Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHI) today announced a new structure for its Healthcare Informatics business to align its entire portfolio of clinical information solutions including patient monitoring, enterprise and clinical image management, anesthesia information, women’s health information, and cardiology information systems. The realignment will allow Philips to meet the clinical workflow and information needs demanded by its clinical customers. At the same time, this allows Philips to harmonize clinical systems with the infrastructure and integration needs required by informatics customers.

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a global leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle, delivering people-centric, innovative products, services and solutions through the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 123,800 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 27 billion in 2007, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, as well as lifestyle solutions for personal wellbeing

Patient Monitoring is evolving from reactive displays of vital sign information to rich clinical decision support solutions that are predictive and preventative. These solutions must provide value to clinical customers while seamlessly integrating to the healthcare institution’s infrastructure and electronic health record (EHR).

“Integrating Patient Monitoring into Healthcare Informatics enables us to find synergies between our software competencies and monitoring solutions recently strengthened by the acquisitions of XIMIS, Emergin and VISICU,” said Oran Muduroglu, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, for Philips Healthcare. “Philips’ innovation in IT simplifies workflow and provides easy access to all relevant information for more informed diagnosis and decision-making. By better managing the flow of data through the continuum of care, healthcare organizations can significantly impact operations and focus more effort on their core business: taking care of patients.”

Philips is committed to developing solutions that help users across the healthcare system effectively manage and analyze the vast amount of patient data generated by diagnostic imaging systems, cardiac testing equipment and patient monitors. Clinicians need an easy way to access this important information when and where they need it in order to provide the highest level of care to patients. These systems can maximize operational efficiency if patient information feeds seamlessly into a hospital’s overall information system, as well as the patient’s EHR.

Healthcare IT systems that seamlessly integrate islands of information, rather than focus on a single application or department

Knowing the importance of presenting the right information at the right time to the right person, Philips supports the continuum of care through an effective suite of solutions that address key clinical care settings. This portfolio of healthcare IT solutions is on display at the 2008 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference, February 25-28 in Orlando, Fla.

• Enterprise Imaging

– iSite Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS): A system that enables the efficient sharing of patient information throughout the clinical enterprise to empower business growth

– XIRIS Radiology Information System (RIS): A flexible tool that streamlines communication across radiology departments and beyond

• Cardiology

– Xper IM: A cardiovascular solution that transforms catheterization (cath) lab data into insightful information

– Xcelera: A single portal that provides a view into images and data from key cardiology subspecialties

• Critical Care

– IntelliVue Clinical Information Portfolio (ICIP): An advanced system to provide clinical decision support, including intelligent charting and documentation, in the intensive care unit (ICU)

– VISICU eICU: A solution that allows ICU staff and intensivists to remotely monitor critically ill patients and intervene in a timely manner, if necessary

– Emergin: An alarm management and event notification solution that gets patient information to the right clinician at the right time

• Women’s Health

– Fetal Monitors and OB TraceVue: Obstetrical information systems that track critical milestones throughout pregnancy

• Speech Recognition

– SpeechMagic: A platform to convert speech recognized text into structured information for improved decision support, as well as capture information in the EHR

• Medical Displays

– CliniScape Mobile Clinical Assistant: A mobile, point-of-care product being developed by Philips and designed to allow nurses and physicians to wirelessly access patient data and applications directly at the bedside or wherever the patient may be




 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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