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Philips unveils clinical information technology solutions that drive quality, productivity and value at HIMSS 2013

Clinical IT@work solutions for supporting connected care in clinical decision support, interoperability, telehealth and mobility to be shown at Booth 1919

New Orleans, La., USA – At the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is showcasing  its commitment to simplifying clinical workflow, reducing health care costs and improving patient care through its latest health information technology (IT) solutions as part of its robust Clinical IT@work approach.

Under the Clinical IT@work umbrella, Philips is at the forefront of health IT innovation to provide the solutions that connect care wherever it is needed—in or out of the hospital. These solutions are developed understanding the growing need for them to fit into healthcare providers’ clinical IT strategies and infrastructure.

Dramatic changes affecting healthcare are taking place worldwide, driving evolution in the traditional healthcare enterprise. The traditional inpatient-outpatient setting is shifting toward an extended care experience that continues when the patient leaves the hospital. This is creating the need for advanced clinical technology solutions that are not only focused on outcomes-based data but also span and support the continuum of care.

“Philips understands the pressures that hospitals face in providing quality, efficient care while reducing unnecessary health care spending, particularly here in the U.S. in the era of the federal health reform law,” said Mike Mancuso, Executive Vice President and CEO of Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, Philips Healthcare. “We address the needs of health care providers by developing interoperable clinical software solutions based on the latest standards that help them analyze patient data efficiently while our mobile and telehealth technologies are designed to improve efficiency and access to care.”

Philips’ approach to Clinical IT@work supports connected care for clinicians by focusing on four key areas: clinical decision support, interoperability, telehealth and mobility. Some of the enterprise software solutions that deliver on these key areas include:

–       IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere*: IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere is an image and report viewer based on Philips’ IntelliSpace PACS 4.4. IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 is a unique image management solution that allows any physician in the hospital to access full fidelity images within three seconds. The IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere viewer is designed to support remote users, or users requiring a solution that can be utilized on multiple platforms, such as laptops and mobile devices. It does not require installation of additional software and therefore will be an easy-to-use solution that expands physician access to patient information, images and reports for communication and collaboration.

–       Orb: Orb is a newly launched dashboard or “graphical census” within the IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 software – the essential technology behind Philips’ eICU program. Orb dynamically updates a patient’s status and serves as a real-time visual metaphor for complex clinical data. With orb, ICU clinicians can receive important patient information at a glance for faster prioritization, have oversight of a large number of patients, and target key physiologic areas of patient condition to define a care plan.

–       IntelliVue Mobile Caregiver**: The IntelliVue Mobile Caregiver app is a mobile application that will be available soon. It is expected to deliver near real-time data from Philips IntelliVue patient monitoring systems directly to the clinician’s smart phone or tablet. With this free mobile app, IntelliVue customers will be able to easily access patient monitoring information anywhere—in or out of the hospital, allowing them to more quickly make informed decisions on patient care.

–       AirStrip Technologies partnership: In order to advance its mobile solution capabilities and effectiveness, Philips is partnering with AirStrip Technologies, a leader in healthcare mobility solutions, to leverage AirStrip’s technology in Philips IntelliVue Information Center (PIIC) – a powerful, real-time central monitoring system that offers clinicians easy access to information.

March 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Providers Say Agfa Healthcare Has Room for Improvement as an Imaging Partner

OREM, Utah – Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – Agfa HealthCare’s stated core belief is centered around helping imaging providers succeed, yet a majority of  U.S. clients interviewed by KLAS report gaps in reaching desired results when using Agfa as a vendor. The reasons and other details can be found in the new KLAS vendor-specific report Agfa HealthCare Study 2013: Partnering with Agfa in 2013.

Throughout 2012, KLAS published a series of reports focused on imaging solutions. These reports, as well as discussions with providers, revealed that Agfa was losing client loyalty in some areas due to weak customer relations. In order to further understand this situation, KLAS launched a performance study to specifically evaluate Agfa. With the exception of x-ray equipment and speech recognition systems, Agfa receives second-tier scores across their suite of imaging solutions. However, as provider concerns grow around Agfa as a partner, there is a clear opportunity for Agfa-and other imaging vendors-to improve in helping their clients succeed.

Even with the challenges Agfa faces, they are showing early signs of success and leadership in several aspects of enterprise imaging. One of Agfa’s strengths is scaling IMPAX PACS in large, complex provider organizations. Scalability is an attribute that is important to some providers.

“This report is aimed not just at measuring how well Agfa is currently delivering synergistic solutions to their clients,” says Matt Terry, research director at KLAS and report author, “but its purpose is to also look into user perceptions and provider confidence in moving forward with Agfa.”

Other imaging vendors mentioned in this report include Merge Healthcare, McKesson, FUJIFILM, GE Healthcare, Philips, Carestream, and Siemens. To learn more about this vendor-specific report, the strategic imaging partners in the study, and the related reports published in 2012, providers and vendors can check out the full report, Agfa HealthCare Study 2013: Partnering with Agfa in 2013. This is a vendor-specific report and is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount. To purchase, visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and KLAS’ staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

February 18, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.