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Philips helps children's hospital with patient monitoring

Steve Rogerson
March 13, 2017

Philips and Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona have signed a 15-year agreement to redefine imaging, patient monitoring and clinical informatics in paediatric care
The long-term strategic partnership has a total value of up to US$65m. Phoenix Children’s is the first stand-alone children’s health provider to sign a long-term, strategic partnership model with Philips.
The partnership develops from collaboration in diagnostic imaging to expand the hospital’s programmes and further drive clinical excellence. The hospital will have access to the Dutch company’s medical technologies such as imaging systems in CT, MRI and angiography, patient monitoring, clinical informatics, and a range of clinical and business consulting services. These technologies and services will help the hospital expand its high standards of care and integrate its divisions and facilities for a seamless patient experience.
“Philips technology provides sophistication in patient diagnosis and strategic foresight that improves the care our teams deliver,” said Richard Towbin, division chief of paediatric radiology at Phoenix Children’s. “Together, Phoenix Children’s and Philips developed technologies such as dose reduction using iterative CT reconstructions and paediatric MRI protocols that are now factory standards worldwide. We also have an advanced 3D print laboratory that constructs life-size models of patients’ hearts and other organs, illustrates exact tumour size, and uses post-processing software to study heart and brain physiology using MRI and CT.”
Philips and Phoenix Children’s say they have a shared commitment to clinical excellence and connected patient care that can help drive efficiency, while improving the patient experience and outcomes. Through innovation, the two organisations want to make healthcare more sustainable and accelerate services specifically designed to address the needs of children.
“The staff at Phoenix Children’s continues to push the boundaries of paediatric care and we want to build on the great work they have done, marrying their deep understanding of children’s clinical needs with our leading technologies and research, to create integrated solutions that can support this precious segment of society,” said Brent Shafer, CEO of Philips in North America. “Phoenix Children’s has helped us to take our innovations in diagnostic imaging to the next level and we look forward to working with them to do the same in the areas of patient care monitoring and informatics, exploring how to apply machine learning and accelerating the transformation of paediatric care.”
Phoenix Children's provides inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the south-west USA. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, it provides care across more than 75 paediatric specialties.
“Phoenix Children’s values working with partners who understand treating children is more complex, and this population shouldn’t simply be categorised as little adults,” David Higginson, chief administrative officer at Phoenix Children’s. “Philips understands the long-term value of investing in paediatric care, even though it is a relatively small subset of the healthcare market, and is willing to invest time and research into the unique needs of paediatric care, which makes us confident in this partnership. Our insights and research paired with the knowledge and scale of a technology leader like Philips will help us have meaningful impact on global paediatric health.”