News | October 14, 2008

Philips Features New Cath Lab Visualization, Reporting Tools, OR Integration

October 15, 2008 - At TCT 2008, Philips Healthcare is showcasing cath lab improvements, designed to present users with seamless interaction between image acquisition and visualization technologies, hemodynamic monitoring and charting, cath lab and statistical reporting, and multimodality image access, viewing and storage.

This connected solution features the third-generation Allura Xper FD family, Xper Information Management and Xcelera multimodality information management solution. At TCT Phillips introduced a new Web portal for Xcelera to allow access anywhere and freedom from a central hospital operating system. Philips said the new portal will be more cost effective than other systems and allow easier sharing of information and images with consulting physicians who are not on the same PACS or CIIMS system.

For cath labs performing both cardiac and vascular interventions, Philips is highlighting clinical tools like Allura 3D Coronary Angiography and StentBoost, as well as several new Allura Xper FD 20 features including a larger, tableside module with the ability to download images or runs to a USB stick. Finally, Xper Cradle is essential for state-of-the-art hybrid (OR/cath) labs, a trend that Philips is addressing through current and planned innovations and partnerships.

For cath lab reporting, the company is featuring its new Philips Cardiovascular Information Management System (CVIS), a solution that is able to collect and aggregate data relative to the cardiac care of patients, and allows for a comprehensive, patient-centric presentation of this data to care givers across specialties. Philips said the system offers good connectivity with other vendors' devices.

Philips and Steris also announced at TCT a partnership to create combination cath lab/ORs so the suite can be used for both interventional and surgical procedures. Steris said it will help fill a gap in Philips' offerings, since the company does not have a dedicated OR selection of products. Steris said it will offer surgical lighting, high definition OR-grade flat panel monitors, booms, switching and ergonomic design. Steris said this partnership can help smaller hospitals get more ROI from a combined suite rather than separate cath labs and operating rooms.

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