Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Philips alliance brings novel imaging platform to Medical Center

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Dr. James V. Rawson, Chief of Radiologic Services at Georgia Regents Medical Center, and Radiologist Dr. Norman Thomson, work with Philips Intellispace PACS 4.4, a new Digital Archiving and Communication System that integrates a patient’s complete imaging and medical history into the electronic medical record.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents Medical Center reached a key milestone last month in its 15-year alliance with Royal Philips with the installation of Philips IntelliSpace PACS version 4.4, an advanced single, integrated Picture Archiving and Communication System.

“The role of technology is to ease the burden on clinicians and allow them to focus on what truly matters – patient care,” said James V. Rawson, Chief of Radiologic Services at Georgia Regents Medical Center. “This new PACS platform from Philips enables us to store, access, and review everything from old X-ray films to the most advanced digital images in all modalities, including PET, CT, MRI, and ultrasound. Having a patient’s complete medical history and images incorporated into the electronic medical record and readily available, will improve patient outcomes and lower costs.”

IntelliSpace PACS is web-based, so images, patient records, and radiology reports can be delivered to workstations across the hospital network, even in low bandwidth environments. Physicians who need fast access to diagnostic quality images and advanced clinical tools can get it from anywhere within the network, which includes the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center, the Georgia Regents Radiation Therapy Center, Children’s Hospital of Georgia,  Georgia Regents Sports Medicine Center, and nearly 100  Georgia Regents Health System clinics throughout the state.

Philips IntelliSpace PACS is part of the growing portfolio within the recently-launched Philips Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services Group.

“Innovative health systems like Georgia Regents are moving to new business models of patient-centric care, recognizing that accessible and accurate imaging data is a critical piece of the puzzle,” said Jeroen Tas, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services. “This is just one of the system-wide solutions we’ll be implementing at Georgia Regents to enable clinicians to better collaborate on diagnosis and treatment, provide broader insight into patient data, and expand high quality health care to areas where it’s needed most.”

The pilot installation at GRMC started with radiology and will expand to cardiology this week. Then neurology, obstetrics and all other patient imaging services lines over the next few months. The project demonstrates Philips’ long-term commitment to Georgia Regents to work together to improve patient care solutions.

In June 2013, Philips and Georgia Regents Medical Center entered into a 15-year, $300 million agreement to improve outcomes and deliver more effective, cost-efficient health care.

“The shared ownership with Philips allows us access to scalable innovations, at a predictable cost and without interrupting workflow. We see this as a critical element to expanding quality care across the Southeast, the nation, and the world,” said Rawson.