Philips releases new version of Xcelera cardiology system

18 May 2008

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHI) has begun shipping a new version of its Xcelera cardiology image management, analysis and reporting solution.

The new Xcelera R2.2 offers enhanced functionality and greater workflow efficiency, helping caregivers manage the multitude of examinations and procedures their patients undergo while receiving cardiac care.

It offers improved support for imaging studies and data from key cardiac subspecialties including cardiac catheterization and cardiovascular ultrasound, and additionally supports nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, and electrophysiology. It also provides access to relevant electrocardiograms (ECGs) from market-leading ECG management systems from multiple vendors.

Prof Dr Eckart Fleck, director of internal medicine and cardiology at the German Heart Institute in Berlin said, “With the new solution, staff members can instantly review all cardiac exams patients have had and, with the click of a button, open and review these studies without going to other workstations elsewhere in the hospital. Having a singular workstation to review cardiac patient studies is very powerful and we can also eliminate the need to continue purchasing, upgrading and supporting dedicated IT systems for each cardiac modality.”

Ronald Tabaksblat, vice president and general manager of the cardiology informatics business for Philips Healthcare said, “This achievement marks the second major Xcelera release in less than a year. As evidenced by our recent acquisition of Tomcat Systems of Belfast, Ireland, we are committed to being a long-term trusted partner for all of our cardiology customers.”

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