Philips showcases integrated health IT system, various upgrades
Philips Medical Systems demonstrated its portfolio of HIT products for use in implementation of electronic health records (EHR) for healthcare facilities at HIMSS 2006 last month in San Diego. Towards this, the company showed various systems including its iSite PACS, clinical decision support with CareVue Chart, and patient data management with the Xtenity platform, Philips said.

Xtenity Enterprise is an integrated IT system built on technology from Epic Systems Corporation, and designed for mid-sized healthcare enterprises. Xtenity includes a clinical data repository, registration, scheduling, ADT (admission, discharge, transfer), billing, as well as inpatient and ambulatory applications built on a single platform. 

Xtenity RIS is part of the portfolio system designed to enhance service delivery and strengthen relationships with referring physicians across an enterprise. Xtenity RIS can be connected with iSite PACS for standards-based, consistent interfaces. The Xtenity portfolio is currently only available in the U.S.

iSite PACS can deliver diagnostic-quality images to the point of patient care in less than three seconds. The PACS is sold with a ‘pay-per-study’ business model to limit the software or infrastructure investment required to implement it through a shared partnership between Philips and its customers.

The CareVue Chart C.0 was also demonstrated, which is a critical care and inpatient clinical information system. CareVue Chart C.0 brings together various charted data—vital signs, trends, lab results, calculations and observations—and then applies a library of built-in rules to deliver multi-parameter clinical advisories that can help caregivers recognize important changes in patient status, so they may intervene quickly and ensure guidelines are followed consistently.  
CareVue Cart C.0 synthesizes and integrates real–time physiological data gathered from bedside devices and centralizes the patient chart, helping hospitals handle handoffs between caregivers smoothly and implement protocols consistently. The complete database is available at all times.
Another product shown at HIMSS was the Philips OB TraceVue revision E.0, an integrated system for obstetrical surveillance, charting, and archiving that enables caregivers to document the entire continuum of obstetrical care from the first antepartum visit through delivery, postpartum, follow-up visits, and newborn nursery. With web access via secured LAN or phone line connection from the private MD office or home PC, a care provider can be directly in touch with the patient’s progress. New technical enhancements of the OB TraceVue revision E.0 include Microsoft Server 2003, support of the new Philips Avalon Fetal Monitor family, automatic disaster recovery via hot standby server, and OBTV user authentication via Microsoft Active Directory, the company said.

Philips also introduced the newest version of the Xcelera Cath Lab Management system with enhanced physician reporting tools for documenting diagnostic and interventional findings. The system features a redesigned graphical user interface, harmonized with other Philips systems. Other enhancements include full integration with Philips HaemoSphere hemodynamic monitoring system for real-time clinical data exchange and improved workflow and user interaction.