Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc) today announced that they have extended their collaboration with an agreement on hospital-wide patient monitoring systems. Philips won the contract after an extensive European tender process. The company will supply integrated patient monitoring solutions to all VUmc departments where close patient monitoring is required. Both parties have already been working closely together in other areas of healthcare innovation, such as new imaging solutions for applications in cardiology, oncology and neurology.
Advanced patient monitoring solutions, such as Philips’ IntelliVue MX800 bedside patient monitor, which features an integrated PC with clinical informatics, will enable vital signs, for example, heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure, to be closely monitored at all times, whichever department the patient is in. Widespread use of this equipment throughout the medical center will make it possible to respond quickly to changes in the health status of critical patients in operating rooms, as well as in intensive care or medium care units. Small mobile monitoring systems such as the IntelliVue X2 patient monitor with integrated clinical decision support for intelligent presentation of patient data will enable patient safety to be enhanced during transport between departments. Philips is also supplying even smaller wearable patient monitors for patients who are able move around the care unit.
All of the patient monitoring solutions being supplied by Philips will be fully compatible with the VUmc’s hospital-wide ICT network. This will allow remote monitoring from a central workstation as well as bedside monitoring at an individual patient’s bedside. Via units such as the IntelliVue MX800, doctors will have immediate access anywhere in the hospital to the latest centrally held data on individual patients, including their real-time monitoring data. If a patient's condition changes rapidly, this could be vital to effective clinical decision making.
"In a university medical center such as the VUmc, where patients typically have complex medical conditions, 24/7 vigilance is required for the safe delivery of care. It is vital that we are able to detect subtle changes in a patient's condition," said Professor Wim Stalman, Vice Chairman of the Board of Management and Dean of VUmc. "With these advanced new patient monitoring systems that will now be possible, helping us to further improve patient care."
“At Philips we aim to support hospitals with our innovations in their efforts to improve patient care across the continuum of care, from diagnosis, to treatment, monitoring, and aftercare,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Philips. “Having immediate access to relevant patient data is essential to effective clinical decision making. Our innovative hospital-wide patient monitoring systems will enable VUmc to monitor their patients even more carefully, in every department and in all care situations.”
Philips is the global market leader in the field of patient monitoring, a market which is growing by 4% to 6% per year. More than 190 million patients a year are monitored using Philips patient monitoring equipment.
Today’s agreement between Philips and the VUmc underpins once more the long-term collaboration between the two parties. Both parties have also been working closely on new multi-modality imaging solutions, which combine imaging technologies to improve the visualization of structures of interest and biological processes. Last year, the VUmc was the first organization in the Netherlands to start using Philips’ highly innovative PET/MR scanner.