Philips introduces new cardiology products and technologies at ACC
7 March 2005
ORLANDO, Florida, USA. Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG)(AEX:PHI)
unveiled new products and technologies specifically designed for the
cardiology market to enhance patient care and comfort, as well as to
increase imaging capabilities, improve interoperability and efficiency for
clinicians. These new advanced technologies were demonstrated at the 2005
American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting March 6-8, 2005.
Philips also participated in the Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE)
Pavilion as a Leadership-level supporter. IHE is an initiative led by
healthcare professionals and industry groups to improve how computer systems
At the IHE Pavilion, Philips showcased the latest workflow enhancements
and multi-vendor data sharing capabilities of the Philips HaemoSphere
monitoring system, Philips Allura Xper FD cardiovascular X-ray system, and
Philips Xcelera cardiology information solution. Together these solutions
improve productivity and speed up access to data, allowing faster clinical
diagnosis and finalization of reports.
"Cardiac care requires solutions that leverage and combine best-in-class
technology across the continuum of care," said John Steidley, Vice
President, Diagnostic Imaging, for Philips Medical Systems. "At this year's
ACC, Philips will showcase advances in cardiovascular care by combining
proven CT and CV X-ray diagnostic imaging technologies that aid and improve
the detection and treatment of disease. In addition, Philips patient
monitoring has incorporated wireless technology to further enhance patient
information and monitoring capabilities to ensure uncompromised care and
comfort. Today's healthcare market demands easy-to-experience solutions
designed around our customers that improve the quality of care, and Philips
is delivering through its advanced portfolio of cardiology systems."
Philips IntelliVue Telemetry System
This wireless system enhances a patient's freedom to walk around or rest
in bed comfortably while maintaining uninterrupted cardiac monitoring. The
system includes Smart-Hopping(TM) technology, which minimizes interference
and seeks out the strongest available signal to achieve seamless connection
and clinical data transmission as patients move within the hospital. It is
designed to co-exist with the hospital's existing wireless infrastructures.
The IntelliVue Telemetry System is part of Philips proven IntelliVue
patient monitoring technology portfolio. The system operates on the
IntelliVue Clinical Network, a framework for seamless information management
and more flexible patient monitoring — all designed to increase clinical
efficiency and improve patient outcomes. The IntelliVue Telemetry System's
innovative functionality, such as the telemetry overview feature, links a
patient's telemetry device and IntelliVue bedside monitor. A patient's
telemetry waves and numerics are available on the beside monitor, along with
other physiological data.
Additionally, the telemetry system locator feature helps to lower
operational costs. Hospitals lose approximately 15 to 20% of patient-worn
telemetry devices each year as patients transition from one unit to another.
The device locator, which allows users to locate a missing transceiver by
initiating a "page" from the IntelliVue Information Center, beeps at
intervals until it is silenced.
New 'fusion' technology and Comprehensive Cardiac Analysis application
Also demonstrated at ACC was a new fusion technology that allows 3D
computed tomography (CT) images to be transferred to the Philips Allura Xper
FD cardiovascular X-ray system. This may dramatically improve visualization
and, therefore, treatment planning, for patients who need to undergo more
invasive procedures such as stent placement.
In addition, Philips Comprehensive Cardiac Analysis (CCA) tool may help
to simplify procedures and assessment for clinicians and improve diagnostic
confidence. The software solution provides many new visualization tools
aiming to substantially reduce the time and the complexity involved in a
cardiac CT evaluation. The clinical advantages of Philips CVCT technologies
allow computed tomography to better meet clinical needs, such as advanced
stent planning, and bring new functionality to cardiovascular CT imaging.
Based on total heart segmentation, Philips CCA delivers in-depth
visualization of the entire coronary tree for more precise planning and
Philips Allura Xper FD10/10 extends cardiovascular X-ray
Philips also introduced the newest member to the Allura Xper family of
flat detector (FD) systems — the Allura Xper FD10/10. This biplane
cardiovascular X-ray system is perfectly suited for a full range of
applications, from interventional cardiology, electrophysiology to pediatric
cardiology, including customized settings for each application.
Featuring Xper technology, the Philips Allura Xper FD10/10 delivers
personalized workflow with Xper settings, where all preferred protocols can
be pre-programmed. With Xper integration, images from other modalities — MR,
CT, ultrasound and EP mapping information — can be reviewed in the exam
room. It also integrates all the interventional tools clinicians need, such
as Philips Allura 3D-CA, StentBoost, and Integris 3D-RA. Together, the
systems provide high levels of image quality with Philips Xres image
processing, while maintaining the lowest possible dose with Philips
Source: Royal Philips Electronics