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Diagnostic imaging

Capital Health creates alliance with Philips Electronics

EDMONTON – Philips Electronics Ltd. has signed a $70 million agreement with Capital Health, Canada’s largest academic health region. The agreement will provide increased access to diagnostic equipment for more than 1.6 million people across central and northern Alberta.

Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Philips will provide Capital Health with advanced medical technology to diagnose, treat and prevent disease, and will also support the regional health authority’s strategic development by devoting Philips resources to assist in training, education and medical research.

“This innovative agreement is clearly a breakthrough, and demonstrates how the Canadian healthcare sector and medical industry leaders can work together strategically to improve people’s lives by offering the latest cutting-edge diagnostic and monitoring technology,” said Capital Health president and chief executive officer Sheila Weatherill. “This enhances the patient experience, and further improves our ability to offer the very best front-line care in a timely manner.”

(Pictured at left: Iain Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Canada; Jouko Karvinen, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Medical Systems; Sheila Weatherill, President & Chief Executive Officer, Capital Health.)

Capital Health selected Philips after a three-month review of competitive proposals submitted by several leading global medical equipment providers.

“We appreciate the breadth, innovation, and quality of the Philips medical technology, and Philips demonstrated ability to provide exceptional service over the lifetime of the contract,” added Weatherill.

“When Capital Health first shared their vision with us, we were immediately struck by the linkages and similarities in our respective philosophies,” said Iain Burns, chief executive officer of Philips Electronics Ltd. (Philips Canada). “I am proud to say that this agreement represents Philips and Capital Health’s shared vision and dedication to first class healthcare.”

For Capital Health, the agreement introduces a strategic approach to equipment acquisition within the region, replacing the traditional approach that has been used in the past. Among the many benefits it will deliver include making some types of diagnostic and monitoring equipment standard within the region, reducing the acquisition times for purchases and providing leading-edge technologies to support patient care.

The agreement will help Capital Health make the management of healthcare efficient and effective. Specific areas covered in the purchase agreement include Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Patient Monitoring, X-Ray/Angiography and Fluoroscopy. Included in the agreement is the Philips Gemini GXL PET CT scanner, which combines PET and CT capabilities to help clinicians to accurately diagnose abnormalities early in the progression of disease.

The three-year deal – which also has provisions for two one-year options – introduces a new approach to equipment purchase in the region, eliminating the piece-by-piece approach that has been used in the past. It will also standardize some types of diagnostic equipment in the region, reducing the amount of time required to train staff who work at more than one facility or move from one facility to another.

“Anything we can do to get diagnostic equipment and leading-edge technology on the front line of patient care faster is obviously good news for patients, families, physicians and staff,” said Dr. Bill Anderson, regional clinical director for imaging services. “This agreement supports improved patient outcomes by giving us better access to the tools and technology we need to provide better diagnosis, assessment and medical care.”

As part of the agreement, Philips will contribute to Capital Health’s educational and research programs. In addition, Capital Health may also become a test site for key Philips products and technology.

One of nine health regions in Alberta, Capital Health’s mandate includes providing health services to more than 1.6 million residents within central and northern Alberta and Canada’s northwest, ensuring reasonable, responsive access to quality health services for all individuals and communities.

About Capital Health
Capital Health in Edmonton is Canada’s largest academic health region, providing complete health services to one million residents in the cities of Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Spruce Grove and St. Albert, and the counties of Leduc, Parkland, Strathcona and Sturgeon (and communities within their geographical areas), as well as the Town of Devon and communities in the eastern part of Yellowhead County. Capital Health serves a total of 1.6 million people across central and northern Alberta, providing specialized services such as trauma and burn treatment, organ transplants and high-risk obstetrics. For more information visit