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Philips re-aligns its healthcare IT business

ANDOVER, Mass. – Royal Philips Electronics has announced a new structure for its Healthcare Informatics business, a move that consolidates its entire portfolio of clinical information solutions.

These solutions, some of them recently acquired, include patient monitoring, enterprise and clinical image management, anesthesia information, women’s health information, and cardiology information systems.

According to the company, 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.

For example, Patient Monitoring is evolving from reactive displays of vital sign information to multi-faceted, 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 developing solutions that help users across the healthcare system effectively manage and analyze the large amount of patient data generated by diagnostic imaging systems, cardiac testing equipment and patient monitors.

Knowing the importance of presenting the right information at the right time, to the right person, Philips supports the continuum of care through a growing suite of solutions that address key clinical care settings.

The portfolio currently includes:

Enterprise Imaging
• iSite Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS): A system that enables the efficient sharing of patient information throughout the clinical enterprise.
• XIRIS Radiology Information System (RIS): A flexible tool that streamlines communication across radiology departments and beyond.

• 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 electronic health record.

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.