Philips offers products to maximize efficiencies
Philips Healthcare showcased new products, software enhancements and new partnerships during the 2008 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) annual meeting in Seattle.

The company promoted the dozens of partnerships with companies whose products work with its iSite PACS, including its most recent collaboration with Amirsys, a Salt Lake City-based provider of diagnostic decision-support tools.

Philips told Health Imaging News that the two companies are working together to integrate Amirsys’ STATdx Diagnostic Support System with Philips iSite PACS. STATdx is a reference technology useful in diagnosis, Philips said.

“As part of the partnership, we will be able to offer clinical decision support capabilities fully integrated with iSite, allowing caregivers to provide better patient care,” according to Paolo Dilda, senior manager, field marketing for Philips.

For institutions with existing PACS contracts, Philips’ replacement solution offers disaster recovery, advanced visualization and enterprise-wide image distribution to augment current PACS functionality in addition to gradual data transfer that prepares the site for future migration, according to the company.

Additionally, Philips showcased software enhancements to the latest iteration of iSite PACS, version 3.6. These features include 3D visualization tools such as iSite Volume Vision, which will be integrated into iSite PACS and will be available as an add-on option. iSite Pulmonary Embolism Assessment and iSite CT Colonography, both works in progress, were also displayed.

“We have embedded a set of advanced visualization capabilities in iSite—a native set of capabilities—that are deployable throughout the enterprise. What we are providing with this release is a set of MPR, MIP and 3D capabilities that will address close to 80 percent of facilities’ needs to bring images real-time to the desktop,” Dilda said.

The company also demonstrated its automated one-touch workflow CR system, PCR Eleva, which is designed for hospitals, imaging centers and medical practices making the first steps towards digitalization, or facilities looking to replace their cassette readers and update their radiography departments, Philips said.

The firm’s Xiris RIS, Xcelera cardiology information system and its new Xper cardiovascular information management solution were also on display.

Xper Information Management is a cardiovascular information management solution that transforms cath lab data into information for the organization. With a built-in ability to run inventory reports, administrators can quickly display an item’s location, as well as items that are “below par and those approaching expiration/aging reports,” Eric Mahler, director of marketing, radiology informatics, told Health Imaging News.

Additionally, the system is integrated with features to eliminate redundant data entry.

“This product suite presents the latest evolution of the company’s physiomonitoring technology, as well as a variety of new innovations for reporting, image review, scheduling, inventory and intelligent data management,” Mahler said. “Staff can document a procedure along with supplies used during it, to ensure data consistency and inventory confidence.”

In looking toward the future, Mahler observed that IS administrators are looking to health IT strategies for efficiency; by offering a variety of solutions that are customizable to meet each organization’s needs, the company hopes to help them reach that goal.

“They want to know how to maximize the systems they have and the ones they need to buy and they look to vendors like us to tie it together on the front end to achieve this,” he said.