Philips Reading Room 20/20 defines vision of the future

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CHICAGO, Nov. 29—As the 93rd annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) drew to a close today, visitors continued to line up to tour Philips Medical Systems Reading Room 20/20. The next-generation concept details the reading environment of the future and shows how intelligent design can help facilitate improved patient care and clinical workflow. It features a host of ergonomic features to address growing concerns about the reading environment.
Designed to bring people-focused healthcare to life, Philips Reading Room 20/20 combines several currently available systems with technologies in the development process. Experts predict that the reading room will evolve into a consultation suite, and the new room facilitates the role of radiologist as clinical consultant. It provides independent reading stations as well as spaces for collaboration with clinical and radiological colleagues.
The first stop is an intelligent welcome wall that automatically recognizes the user and displays information such as the agenda, messages and worklist.
An integrated sound dome and echo tiles cancel noise and enhance audio quality for optimal speech recognition. An ambient wall dynamically displays activity levels and other intangible information such as other physicians in the room. Adjacent to the ambient wall is a video conference wall that allows remote collaboration with off-site colleagues and clinical experts. Users can immediately share, view and interact with files and images on the wall.
Workstations incorporate features such as a next-generation intuitive user interface, touch-screen display system and built-in microphones. Radiologists use a dedicated collaboration table that enables interactive file sharing to conference with each other and clinical colleagues. Philips vision promises to improve the practice of radiology and enhance clinical care and workflow. It’s a great arrangement.