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Philips introduces breakthrough graphical dashboard to advance its eICU telehealth offering

Featuring orb, turning complex data into clear, at a glance, patient-specific information.

New Orleans, La., USA – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announces the launch of its IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 health care platform, powered by orb, during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 conference and exhibition. Included in Philips’ latest offering to its eICU program is orb, a new graphical dashboard that is actuated by over 100 clinical rules, to analyze, process and visualize complex clinical data in real time and tell a better story about what is going on with that specific patient, and in a visually digestible form.

Currently, Philips eICU customers have oversight for nearly 7,000 ICU beds, with approximately 150 patients being monitored in an average Tele-ICU simultaneously, with larger sites caring for over 400 patients on any given day. To present data to support proactive patient interaction, a new type of population-based representation is needed.

Orb’s ability to integrate practical data with visual technology helps clinicians to prioritize patient needs and streamline in-hospital care. The dashboard features circles that represent individual patients and their health status. By viewing these circles, clinicians can determine, at a glance, important patient or population-level information, such as which patients are in need of immediate care versus others who might be ready for hospital discharge. It also helps clinicians prioritize information that was previously unavailable due to the massive amount of data created by a single patient, whether they are providing care at the bedside, from the nurses’ station, or hundreds of miles away from a remote, centralized telehealth care team.

“Health reform places priority on improving the quality of patient care, and key performance indicators such as patient mortality, length of stay, hospital-acquired infections, and hospital readmissions across health system enterprises,” said Lori Lazzara, vice president and general manager, Connected Care Solutions, Philips Healthcare. “Philips eICU Program customers monitor more than 350,000 ICU patients every year and orb demonstrates our commitment to connected care, giving clinicians the flexibility to manage a large population of patients without losing the individualized treatment needs of each person.”

Hospital systems participating in peer-reviewed studies on Tele-ICU programs have shown a reduction in mortality of 20% and length of stay by 30%,1,2,3 and cost reductions in one of the highest cost areas for any hospital. Showcasing its commitment in this space, the Philips eICU program solution seamlessly blends medicine, transformative services and technology to address ICU physician and nurse shortages, increase access to care and dramatically improve quality of care. The Philips eICU program has been shown to reduce mortality and LOS at those levels.[1],[2]

Key functions and customer benefits of the IntelliSpace eCareManager health care platform, powered by orb:


•          Enables proportional population management to leverage scarce resources

•          Provides proactive management of patients to avoid complications

•          Visualizes key physiologic indicators for overall patient health/progression

•          Optimizes existing care-provider staff

•          Incorporates single-point visualization of data otherwise fragmented across many systems

Philips telehealth technology is an example of the company’s commitment to helping patients and healthcare system manage transitions between hospital and home. Philips’ Hospital to Home solutions aim to help manage and treat chronic disease, reduce hospital readmission rates, control costs, and increase efficiencies. Philips draws on deep experience in the hospital and in the home to offer a breadth of innovative solutions designed to empower care teams and patients in their quest to maintain continuity at every stage and each transition.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Innovation Center Advances Interoperability

CLEVELAND (February 19, 2013) – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced earlier today that the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, known as HIMSS, will be leasing on the fourth level 12,500 square feet for its Innovation Center, a unique and dynamic testing, demonstration, exhibition, and educational facility, with another 12,500 square feet of exhibition space, of the newly-named Global Center for Health Innovation (formerly the Cleveland Medical Mart). HIMSS also plans to double the size of the exhibition space by 2016. County Executive FitzGerald made the announcement during his annual “State of the County” address at the City Club in downtown Cleveland.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on improving healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS, with its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations.

The HIMSS Innovation Center will provide ongoing services for health delivery organizations and health IT companies, along with exhibitions, educational programming, and consumer-oriented applications. In addition, the year-round interoperability showcase and exhibition space will further validate functionality for new and developing products using standards and customized testing in both a physical and virtual demonstration environment.

“We look forward to the opening in October of the HIMSS Innovation Center in the Global Center for Health Innovation. As we continue to build on our more than 14 years of leadership in and support of achieving seamless, secure exchange of electronic health information, our focus at HIMSS continues on interoperability, standards and harmonization initiatives, here in Cleveland and across the globe,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO.

With its scenario-based setting, the HIMSS Health IT Ecosystem will provide a fully operational, multi-facility environment populated with simulated patient demographic, clinical and financial data. The health and healthcare communities will be able to plug into this environment and both test and demonstrate a specific product’s interoperability capabilities.

At the HIMSS Healthcare Technology Showcase, the health and healthcare community will find opportunities to participate in long-lasting exhibits themed around harnessing the power of IT in vital issues such as mobile devices, consumer-driven healthcare, and evidence-based care. The themed exhibits will show the value of the participating technologies in specific-use cases of the highlighted theme and serve as a point of collaboration.

HIMSS testing and educational services will be available virtually worldwide. The HIMSS space in the Global Center for Health Innovation will become a worldwide hub for health and health IT testing, demonstration, exhibitions, and consumer products, including the latest breakthroughs in mobile health devices and distance medicine technology.

The HIMSS educational offerings will leverage a variety of interoperability platforms, partner with other leaders in the facility, and create a full menu of educational programming for health and healthcare sector learners and conferences housed in the adjacent Cleveland Convention Center.

The newly renamed Global Center for Health Innovation more accurately reflects the purpose and mission of the facility and a natural transition in the business evolution of the Cleveland Medical Mart. The Global Center for Health Innovation is the only facility in the world that displays the future of health and healthcare, the majority of the participating partners have global reach and reputation, and the participating partners will draw international visitors to their spaces within the Global Center.

HIMSS exemplifies the global reach of the facility, as the sector’s leader in health IT with offices around the world in Chicago, Brussels, Singapore, Berlin, and Leipzig.  The Healthcare Technology Showcase, much like the Interoperability Showcases held at HIMSS conferences, will enable solutions providers to work collaboratively instead of competitively to demonstrate and solve real-world healthcare delivery problems. HIMSS joins Cleveland Clinic, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, University Hospitals and Philips Healthcare as charter tenants in the Global Center.

February 22, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

New Xcelera R3.2 helps save time and simplifies workflow, enabling better collaboration for patient care

Philips Healthcare has released Xcelera R3.2, its latest multimodality cardiology image management, analysis and reporting solution. Xcelera features enhanced connectivity with other hospital information systems and the patient’s electronic medical record. It also has a Tele-Cardiology feature available that allows for images and reports to be accessed remotely, and for hospitals to share information with affiliated clinics and other sites.

WHAT: Philips announces the availability of Xcelera R3.2, the latest release of its multimodality cardiology image management, analysis and reporting solution. Now shipping, Philips Xcelera R3.2 delivers vital patient information across the care continuum via enhanced connectivity with other hospital information systems and the patient’s electronic medical record.

WHY: Building on the successful Xcelera platform, Xcelera R3.2 continues to optimize clinician workflow by functioning as a single resource for patient cardiovascular imaging information and study management. It offers a highly-configurable, scalable and customizable solution that can grow to meet clinician needs.

Optional advanced quantification applications provide analytical assessment for ultrasound, cardiovascular X-ray, nuclear medicine, as well as clinical review of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) and electrophysiology (EP) examinations. An optional interface enables the viewing of electrocardiograms from select systems via the Xcelera workspace. The system also performs the necessary functions for exam storage, allows for study review, and offers optional pediatric decision support and clinical reporting tools.

Xcelera’s available Tele-Cardiology features enable images and reports to be accessed remotely through a secure connection. Hospitals can share information with affiliated clinics or other sites in a larger enterprise and allow cardiologists to access relevant studies, as Xcelera delivers the ability to view full-fidelity images, perform quantification, utilizing the optional QLAB 8.1 plug ins, and create reports.

In addition, Xcelera R3.2 offers several new features that support and enhance clinical workflow:

  • Support for Enterprise Master Patient Index (eMPI) provides a patient-oriented perspective that can increase efficiency for the clinician, by allowing for a single view of patient records and all relevant cardiovascular studies from multiple institutions in one “virtual” patient folder. This eliminates the inefficiencies that can result if a patient has different medical record numbers assigned at each of those facilities.
  • New, customizable security features can be managed by Xcelera to restrict or grant access to users on an individual basis, including the ability to control user access to data at the institutional and enterprise levels.
  • A new DICOM measurement mapping tool improves interoperability with other vendors’ ultrasound systems that export DICOM structured reporting (SR), and enables users to access rich clinical ultrasound information in Xcelera.
  • Collaboration with TomTec Imaging Systems GmbH adds its ImageArena suite of advanced quantification plug-ins as available options, allowing assessments of 2D and Live 3D/4D imaging studies from most major ultrasound equipment providers.
  • Support for the new Philips QLAB 8.1 quantification software, which assists with analysis of image data acquired on Philips ultrasound systems, providing semi-automated and objective methods for quantifying ultrasound data.

“The Xcelera R3.2 is an even more robust solution, offering full interoperability with Philips’s X5-1 transducer for the iE33 xMATRIX Ultrasound system while maintaining the system’s reliability and responsiveness. Our facility experienced a seamless transition,” said Sherif B. Labib, M.D., Associate Professor in Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Lahey Clinic.

September 3, 2011 I Written By

Philips Healthcare’s OB TraceVue Version G.00.20 achieves ONC-ATCB certification, meets 2011/2012 meaningful use criteria

Philips’ OB TraceVue, an obstetrical information management system, has just been certified as an EHR module and now meets the stage 1 criteria for meaningful use. Because of the certification, eligible hospitals and providers will qualify to receive funding for implementing OB TraceVue under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

OB TraceVue is the first Philips product to receive meaningful use certification, and we hope to have many more qualify in the future.

Andover, Mass. – Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) today announced that Philips OB TraceVue Version G.00.20 is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified as an Electronic Health Records (EHR) module by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in agreement with the hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 2011/2012 criteria support the stage 1 meaningful use rules required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

Enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the HITECH Act was created to stimulate the adoption and meaningful use of EHRs and supporting technology, with the goal of improving the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care. Philips’ decision to pursue ONC-ATCB certification of OB TraceVue reflects the company’s commitment to helping hospitals comply with industry standards and clinical guidelines with the end objective of improving financial outcomes and helping to improve and save lives.

“This EHR modular certification allows health systems and caregivers to choose the best technology to support their clinical workflow while achieving the broader goals and financial incentives associated with health care reform,” said Deborah DiSanzo, executive vice president and general manager, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, for Philips Healthcare.  “We are proud to offer our current and future customers this option, and look forward to continuing to be ahead of the curve in meeting their needs.”

OB TraceVue, an obstetrical information management system, is designed to ensure comprehensive coverage across the perinatal care continuum—from the first antepartum visit through delivery, postpartum, discharge, postpartum follow up, newborn nursery, and gynecological visits. The solution addresses the criteria for meaningful use related to interoperability and integration with hospital clinical workflow, and provides key benefits for caregivers and patients including:

·         EHR interfaces, eliminating duplicate entries and allowing for improved patient safety and clinical efficiency;

·         automated flags, reminders and checklists, facilitating greater compliance with professional care standards; and

·         access to patient data from smartphones and other mobile devices through the hospital network, supporting the complex, multi-tasking workflow of clinicians on the move.

OB TraceVue Version G.00.20 has been certified as an EHR module and meets the following 2011/2012 criteria: 170.302 (d), (e), (g), (j), and (o)-(v), and 170.306 (b), (e), and (h). Additional software used in this testing included Philips CareVue Integration Engine, Microsoft FCIV, TrueCrypt and Microsoft Office. Additional details related to ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification can be found on the CCHIT website at

ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs over 120,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.3 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology.  The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at

July 29, 2011 I Written By

MobileAccess Announces New Integrated In-Building Wireless for Philips WMTS Solution

Leading Technology Vendors Team to Deliver Seamless and Reliable Wireless System to Healthcare Facilities

VIENNA, VA–(Marketwire – February 22, 2011) – MobileAccess, a global provider of enterprise wireless solutions, today announced a teaming agreement with Philips Healthcare and introduced the EC560 Solution for Philips. The EC560 Solution will enable interoperability between the MobileAccess2000 distributed antenna system (DAS) and the Philips Smart-hopping WMTS 1.4 GHz network. The open MobileAccess wireless platform is a robust and complete wireless infrastructure solution for integrated wireless medical telemetry systems (WMTS), making it a good partner for Philips’ patient monitoring solution.

Deployment of MobileAccess’ EC560 Solution offers a dependable platform with minimal disruption to healthcare operations. Clinicians will have a completely seamless user experience as the EC560 Solution enables the behavior and coverage footprint of a standalone Philips WMTS 1.4 GHz solution. Additionally, for the hospital IT staff, maintenance and system management of the Philips patient monitoring system from proactive end-to-end monitoring for status, alerting, and fault detection remain the same.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities are increasingly moving towards interoperable products that support the use of wireless applications across the hospital ecosystem of patients, healthcare practitioners, IT staff and hospital administrators. A DAS strengthens wireless service throughout a building and combats signal degradation so that doctors, nurses and clinicians can use their mobile devices to run medical applications, improve staff communication, as well as run their full patient monitoring and telemetry packs to ensure high quality patient care. The MobileAccess multi-service DAS solution allows these organizations to more fully leverage the value of mobile phones, pagers, patient monitoring, as well as their associated applications, without interfering with existing medical equipment.

“With this new solution, the hospital and healthcare market will be able to leverage a single network infrastructure to enable all wireless services and critical patient monitoring technology,” said Derek Johnston, senior director of product marketing, MobileAccess. “By ensuring interoperability of our respective solutions, the two companies will continue to expand capabilities and meet the needs of the healthcare industry today, and in the future.”

MobileAccess offers a flexible in-building wireless connectivity option with a single open platform that distributes WMTS signals alongside other cellular services, including: CELL/PCS, AWS, public safety, paging and even emerging services such as 4G LTE, over a common grid of antennas. New wireless services are activated in secure telecom closets without new cabling requirements. This “Wire-it-Once” market approach reduces the costs and maintenance burdens of OPEX-intensive active-in-the-ceiling networks for the hospital IT staff and one network cost-effectively delivers coverage without antenna farms on ceilings.

“This partnership will enable Philips to extend our Smart-hopping solution to hundreds of healthcare facilities that are already taking advantage of MobileAccess’ in-building wireless solution,” said Dina LaTulippe, global senior product manager Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, for Philips Healthcare. “As the necessity for flexible, scalable approaches to deploying a patient monitoring system increases along with the evolving adoption of wireless applications, Philips continues to meet hospitals at this critical intersection of wireless needs with future ready solutions.”

Attendees of the HIMSS 2011 Annual Convention and Exhibition from February 20-24 can visit MobileAccess (booth #5447) and Philips Healthcare (booth #3845) to learn about the new EC560 Solution and best practices in leveraging wireless technology to improve care in the healthcare community. For more information about the EC560 Solution and MobileAccess’ healthcare offerings, please visit

About MobileAccess
MobileAccess is a provider of reliable wireless coverage solutions for all indoor wireless environments. MobileAccess’ solutions platform delivers wireless connectivity in enterprises of every size, and has become the industry standard in the healthcare, hospitality and higher education markets. MobileAccess’ legacy of innovation and proven architecture set the bar for indoor wireless peak performance, ensuring customers can meet current wireless demands as well as easily expand with future applications and services. Thousands of organizations worldwide rely on MobileAccess including: Clarian Health, the Comcast Center, M Resort Spa Casino, Ford Field, GAN Tower (Paris), Grand Lakes Orlando, the Dutch Parliament building (Netherlands), Hearst Corporation, Melbourne Australia Airport, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Royal Dutch Shell, and the University of Phoenix Stadium. MobileAccess is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. For more information, please

February 28, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.