Andover, Mass., U.S.A. – Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) today announced the introduction of IntelliSpace PACS 4.4, the newest release in the evolution of the company’s iSite picture archiving and communications system (PACS). Designed to deliver the next generation in enterprise imaging, IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 leverages the latest advances in IT technology and allows for smarter collaboration with the goal of better patient outcomes. The family of IntelliSpace solutions is a portfolio of clinical informatics and patient care technologies that facilitate the delivery of detailed, actionable patient information to clinicians.
Built on Philips’ successful iSite PACS, IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 elevates the user experience through open access to images and information, enhanced enterprise workflow, new clinical applications, and advanced tools for proactive service and support.
The solution includes features specifically geared to meet the needs of hospitals’ rapidly evolving technological environments. This includes an interoperable, open Application Programming Interface (API) that allows for customization and interfacing with IntelliSpace PACS 4.4-specific data with a hospital’s own advanced networking tools. In addition, the system’s Advanced Workflow Layer application provides enhanced clinical workflow features and value-added functionality designed to help improve productivity and inter-departmental communication, as well as to facilitate the American College of Radiology (ACR)-mandated peer review process.
IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 also offers the convenience and workflow advantages of reading mammography studies on PACS workstations with IntelliSpace PACS Mammography 4.4. It combines the review speed and quality of a mammography workstation with the efficiency of PACS integrated workflow.
IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 incorporates several other new features, including:
• IntelliSpace PACS Federation allows users to view other IntelliSpace PACS archives, or gain access to a disparate PACS, to present reports and images to the clinician with a view of a patient’s imaging history;
• Advanced visualization enhances productivity while increasing clinical confidence, as well as optional applications that provide support for a range of medical specialties and modalities;
• Expanded suite of clinical applications - IntelliSpace advanced clinical applications with Philips IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 feature a full set of optional multi-modality applications to help improve clinical workflow, improve communication and increase diagnostic confidence for radiologists and clinicians. Cardiology, neurology, oncology, musculoskeletal, gastroenterology and digestive diseases are among the clinical application areas supported.
“Clinical informatics is crucial for physicians and other health care personnel who deal with large volumes of patients or face complicated clinical decisions,” said Helen Routh, general manager, Philips Enterprise Imaging Informatics, for Philips Healthcare. “The new IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 helps to organize patient medical imaging information, improve productivity and simplify workflow by providing a wealth of resources for clinicians.”
Reseller agreement with Acuo enables vendor neutral PACS archival
The interoperability features of IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 include Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) support. For customers seeking to add a VNA solution, Philips has entered into a reseller agreement with Acuo Technologies, a provider of clinical record image archiving, migration and intelligent routing, to enable Philips to offer Acuo’s VNA with IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 in North America. This enhances the capabilities of IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 by enabling customers to leverage their own infrastructure to transport, store, track and retrieve digital images. Acuo’s services also enable a seamless data transition for instances in which IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 replaces a hospital’s existing PACS.