Philips Lumify enhances access to care across Asia Pacific
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With the recent introduction of Philips’ Lumify in South Korea, and the Philippines, the benefits of a powerful point-of-care app-based ultrasound solution now stretch across a large part of Asia Pacific – from Korea to the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in the Southeast Asia region, to Australia and New Zealand in the Pacific. For the region’s remote communities, the ready availability of an easy-to-use low-cost diagnostic ultrasound tool that can be used by general practitioners, community health workers, and disaster relief services is a significant enabler of better health coverage. In highly urbanized areas such as those in Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Lumify’s ability to deliver high quality point-of-care imaging outside the traditional hospital environment is helping to address resource issues such as bed shortages, and within hospitals, it is providing clinicians with a powerful imaging tool for better bedside diagnosis and treatment, especially in intensive care units.
With the option of several different lightweight ultrasound probes that connect via USB to an Android-based mobile or tablet pre-loaded with the Lumify app (free to download from Google Play), the Lumify system suits wide-ranging applications in areas such as emergency medicine, critical care, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, musculoskeletal care and general practice.
“Having used the Philips Lumify device, there are a few aspects that stand out,” said Associate Professor Tan Teng Hong, Head and Senior Consultant, Cardiology Service, Department of Paediatric Subspecialties, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore. “This includes its portability, image quality and usability. Pocket-sized devices such as this can be easily used in a variety of environments, providing immediate feedback, and allow users to receive high quality ultrasound imaging on a compatible smart device without the need for a larger echo machine.”
Philips Lumify allows me to take an ultrasound system to them, enabling a more thorough diagnosis.
Dr. Marilou U. De Vera
Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Cardinal Santos Medical Center, City of San Juan, Philippines
“Many of my patients require diagnosis and treatment in very remote locations where access to a standard ultrasound solution is not always available,” said Dr. Marilou U. De Vera, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Cardinal Santos Medical Center, City of San Juan, Philippines. “Philips Lumify allows me to take an ultrasound system to them, enabling a more thorough diagnosis.”
Putting high-quality ultrasound imaging in the hands of more professionals to serve more patients in more locations is not the only way that Lumify will contribute to better health coverage across Asia Pacific. Powered by the Reacts collaborative telehealth platform, it will allow live ultrasound exams to be securely streamed to an approved remote healthcare provider as part of an interactive video-conference session for collaboration.
Philips Lumify was introduced in the Philippines during a special event with many local clinicians invites. From left to right. Dr. Roy M. Sasil Jr., President of PHA Northern Mindanao Chapter, Dr. Marilou U. De Vera, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Ashwin Chari, Country Manager, Philips Philippines, Dr. Michael Obispo, Sports Physiatrist, Osteopath, Musculoskeletal Sonologist, Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Rev. Fr. Bede Hechanova, Executive Director of San Beda College Benedictine Educational Foundation, Inc and Vice President for Finance of San Beda University.
Lumify is a solution that will grow with its users, with plans for regular software updates and additional transducers, services and apps being released at regular intervals.