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Philips informatics platform helps healthcare manage growth

Steve Rogerson
February 28, 2017



Philips introduced at last week’s Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Florida IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, a secure and scalable healthcare informatics platform that enables health systems to manage the growth and cost of their clinical enterprise with a managed service and pay-per-use model.
 
It provides a full suite of interoperable healthcare informatics applications and services for hospitals and integrated health networks, and is said to help health enterprises further improve quality of care while meeting the challenges of budget constraints and the management, interoperability, security and value maximisation of health data and IT platforms.
 
The edition debuts at HIMSS where the Dutch company showed a range of intelligent software, services and technologies focused on connecting care for continuous health that give patients, providers and caregivers the tools to optimise care wherever and whenever it happens.
 
"Managing disparate informatics platforms has never been more challenging, especially now when technology is advancing so rapidly and organisations are consolidating," said Yair Briman, CEO for healthcare informatics at Philips. "Additionally, economic uncertainty is constraining capital budgets at a time when integrated IT investments are needed to advance the transition to connected, value-based care. With IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, Philips offers a seamless organisation-wide IT workflow through a risk-sharing, partnership approach. This will help hospital enterprises address the pressing IT management challenges that executives face, while managing the expanse and expense of their organisation."
 
For a manageable upfront cost based on pay-per-use, the edition provides the IntelliSpace portfolio and enhances it with an end-to-end managed service delivery model. The portfolio consists of clinical tools for radiology, cardiology and oncology departments, intervention suites, as well as dose and data management. The managed service offering provides benefits to the IT administration, as well as for clinical teams. It ensures interoperability with cross-industry connectivity standards, single sign-on and integrated workflows.
 
With a known total cost of ownership, clinicians enjoy regular updates and always have access to the latest clinical tools and innovations. As part of the managed services, Philips provides continuous remote monitoring, as well as data backup and restore. This is enhanced with benefits such as the convenience of one round-the-clock support line, one contract, and a dedicated customer manager.
 
The pay-per-use model is said to ensure the healthcare informatics portfolio always meets the healthcare enterprises' current IT needs. Usage elasticity can be scaled up and down as demand for care changes. Combined with performance indicators, such as guarantees on system uptime that come with the Enterprise Edition's partnership approach, it decreases financial risk for healthcare enterprises as they invest in their IT infrastructure.
 
The edition builds on and leverages Philips' PACS managed service model. With nearly a billion radiology studies and 23 petabytes under management, the company has decades of experience supporting thousands of hospitals across the globe with its PACS radiology workflow management applications
 
Configured as a scalable and modular platform, the initial launch of the secure, connected and intelligent Enterprise Edition provides harmonised managed services for the following applications:

  • IntelliSpace PACS – Enables physicians to manage their work through connected images and information, secured patient data, and intelligent work flow;
  • IntelliSpace Portal – Visual analytics to support complex interpretations across many clinical disciplines, including cardiology, oncology and neurology. Integrates with both PACS and IntelliSpace Cardiovascular to deliver a seamless workflow experience for radiologists and cardiologists;
  • IntelliSpace Universal Data Manager –scalable, secure, interoperable data management that supports healthcare enterprises in organising large data sets, including millions of images and other data from multiple sources, and delivering them to virtually any clinician throughout their health network;
  • Illumeo with adaptive intelligence – a paradigm of clinically intelligent software that augments the skills of clinicians and redefines how they interface with images. Designed to empower radiologists and work for them, it provides the technology and tools that enhance their expertise and efficiency, all within a single workspace;
  • IntelliSpace Cardiovascular – Provides access to cardiovascular informatics applications, brings multi-modality images and clinical tools together in a single workspace for integrated clinical decision support. It integrates with IntelliSpace ECG and the Philips Xper Information Management cath lab workflow; and
  • Philips DoseWise – Helps health systems manage patient and staff radiation exposure with a suite of tools that collect, measure, analyse and report dose exposure across departments and train care professionals in realising a low-dose culture
The edition leverages Philips HealthSuite, an open, connected health ecosystem of products, programmes and services, to enable key services with the aim to expand its enterprise-grade capabilities.
 
The picture shows IntelliSpace Portal 9.0 CT Brain Perfusion. Computed tomography (CT) perfusion imaging is a non-invasive technique often used in the diagnosis of stroke that provides information on delivery of blood or blood flow to the brain. It shows which areas of the brain are supplied or perfused adequately with blood and which areas are in danger due to insufficient perfusion.