- Philips demonstrates commitment to increased efficiency and enables cost reductions through digitization of clinical information
- Philips healthcare informatics systems seamlessly integrate islands of clinical data across the care cycle
Nairobi, Kenya –Philips today initiated a healthcare roundtable discussion with key stakeholders from the healthcare sector and government in Nairobi, as part of Philips’ Cairo to Cape Town Tour, in which, from May 12 to July 20, 2010 Philips travels across Africa to raise awareness for the opportunities of new solar powered lighting and best in class healthcare solutions to improve the quality of healthcare in Africa. As a leading company in health and well-being, Philips aims to help transform the quality of healthcare in Kenya and other African countries through meaningful solutions, innovations and partnerships.
At the round table, discussions will focus on the most urgent needs for healthcare providers in Kenya and will support defining and executing best-in-class solutions. “We see that economic reforms initiated by the Government have started to pay-off with remarkable growth in Healthcare development - both in the public & private sector; hospitals are undergoing upgrades and there is a lot of interest in the digitization of healthcare. Strengthening control over the prevention of medical errors, increased efficiency and cost reduction are issues we can solve together”, says Mr JJ van Dongen, Senior Director and General Manager, Philips Healthcare – Africa & Country Manager – Philips South Africa.
Philips opens up opportunities for e-health in Kenya
Philips aims to offer high-level cooperation with the healthcare sector in Kenya to help solve the urgent healthcare needs of the country such as increasing healthcare quality and access, cost reductions, upgrading healthcare infrastructure, knowledge sharing and improving connectivity.
On request from several leading hospitals, Philips is introducing the Healthcare Informatics iSite solution in Kenya. The iSite Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and RIS (Radiology Information System) platforms are web based solutions and utilize Internet standards and protocols for communication. These solutions create a filmless, paperless workflow for patients and care providers. In addition to being installed at the main hospital site, the iSite PACS can also connect remote sites over a Wide Area Network.
E-health solutions – increase efficiency, reduce medical errors and bring down healthcare costs
Clinicians today are exposed to information overload in hospitals. Innovations in healthcare technology have introduced both complexity and promise. An incredible amount of data is generated per patient throughout a hospital, from patient records to discharge notes and lab results to vital signs. There is too much information to process, which can slow decision making and thus patient care. Critical patient data can also be misplaced, or even misread. Delays in information management affect decision-making.
Information Technology (IT) support is therefore critical. E-health platforms like the iSite PACS enable access to data to aid in Clinical Decision Support from anywhere in a hospital complex or even from remote sites. Healthcare Informatics systems seamlessly integrate islands of information across the patient care cycle, turning volumes of patient-data gathered by diagnostic imaging, cardiac testing and patient monitoring systems, into clinical information and knowledge.
The intuitive, easy-to-navigate web-browser technology enables healthcare professionals to begin using the applications with minimal training. Philips is also offering a unique and flexible ‘pay-per-study’ service business model that fits customer needs, where customers pay per view, rather than buying a PACS system up front. This business model has proven to be very beneficial for the user. The model guarantees performance and uptime commitments, up to a level of 99.99%, providing full support for the system throughout the lifetime of the PACS contract.
The first iSite PACS installation is currently underway at the Nairobi Hospital. According to Dr. Cleopa Mailu, CEO of the Nairobi Hospital, “We are very excited to have the Philips iSite system installed at our hospital, as it will lead the charge with respect to enterprise integration across clinical departments, which is a key factor in preparing the Kenyan healthcare system for electronic health records and moving to a truly digital hospital. When a physician can accurately and quickly make a diagnosis, the patient stands to benefit through earlier treatment options”.
With partnerships like this, Philips demonstrates its commitment to providing people focused and meaningful healthcare solutions.
“We believe that Kenya is ready for e-health. The government is stimulating investment in laying out fiber glass optics to improve connectivity and we foresee this as being a large and meaningful solution for the country’s most important challenges in healthcare”, adds Mr JJ van Dongen. “We believe the digitalization of healthcare will continue to accelerate development”.
Philips participates in large-scale projects that are aimed at countrywide upgrading of hospitals, educating healthcare professionals and supplying medical equipment. Furthermore, Philips takes part in an international development initiative (ORET), which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation and seeks to accelerate economic growth in developing countries and enhance sustainable development.