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Philips Innovates HIT Infrastructure with Phoenix Children’s

Philips and Phoenix Children's Hospital enter into a long-term partnership to use HIT infrastructure to improve operations and patient care.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Philips and Phoenix Children’s Hospital announced a 15-year agreement to co-create advanced imaging, patient monitoring, and clinical informatics in pediatric care.

The long-term strategic partnership will allow Philips and Phoenix Children’s Hospital to collaborate in diagnostic imaging and expand the hospital’s health IT infrastructure.

Phoenix Children’s will have access to Philips’ medical technology, such as imaging systems in CT, MRI, and Angiography, patient monitoring, clinical informatics, and clinical consulting services. The hospital intends to use the advanced technology to improve its standard of care by integrating new technologies into its infrastructure.

“Philips technology provides sophistication in patient diagnosis and strategic foresight that improves the solutions and care our teams deliver,” Phoenix Children’s Division Chief of Pediatric Radiology Dr. Richard Towbin said in a statement. “Together, Phoenix Children’s and Philips developed technologies such as dose reduction using iterative CT reconstructions and pediatric MRI protocols that are now factory standards worldwide.

We also have an advanced 3D print laboratory that constructs life-size models of patients’ hearts and other organs, illustrates exact tumor size, and uses post-processing software to study heart and brain physiology using MRI and CT.”

The organizations intend to improve operations by allowing clinicians to connect to the network more effectively and give them access to advanced tools needed to better treat patients.

Philips North America CEO Brent Shafer stated that the staff at Phoenix Children’s continues to push boundaries in pediatric care, making them the ideal candidate for the collaboration.

“We want to build on the great work they have done, marrying their deep understanding of children’s clinical needs with our technologies and research, to create integrated solutions that can support this precious segment of society,” Shafer said. “Phoenix Children’s has helped us to take our innovations in diagnostic imaging to the next level and we look forward to working with them to do the same in the areas of patient care monitoring and informatics, exploring how to apply machine learning and accelerating the transformation of pediatric care.”

Phoenix believes that treating children is more complex, making its collaboration with Philips important to developing specialized ways to treat children in the future.

Philips has announced several partnerships in 2017, working with healthcare organizations to develop technology to improve patient care.

In January, Philips and Banner health announced their partnership demonstrating how telehealth solutions support connected health initiatives to manage patients with chronic conditions.

In that partnership, the organizations will leverage Philips’ population health management and connected care research, along with Banner’s clinical and operational insights to deliver collaborative integrated solutions to improve patient health. The organizations also aim to expand on their joint healthcare programs.

Banner and Philips agreed to create a governance structure for both organizations to identify solution delivery projects and innovative technologies to keep improving patient care. They plan to take a more technical approach to health management by examining how the healthcare network can better connect clinicians with their data when treating a patient.

Philips also recently collaborated with Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) to improve population health management and patient care.

The multi-year agreement is based on an enterprise managed services model and will give BSCHS access to advanced solutions to build a healthier community. BSCHS will be provided with medical imaging systems, patient monitoring, telehealth, and clinical informatics solutions.

Philips’ partnerships are important to the healthcare industry because of the new and efficient ways these healthcare organizations will utilize healthcare infrastructure technology. Other healthcare organizations may be able to adjust their IT infrastructures based on how successful Philips’ partners are with improving operations and patient care.