Philips Medical Systems to acquire CardioLogica Information System for cardiovascular patient management

Eindhoven 30 June 2000Philips Medical Systems of The Netherlands recently acquired CardioLogica, the Cardiology Information System (CIS) for Electronic Patient Folder (EPF) creation from Milwaukee-based Cardiovascular Computer Systems Inc. (CCS). CardioLogica is a specialised information system for the cardiology department, where cardiac images and clinical and administrative data are brought together via a centralised software solution. The system provides modules for patient scheduling, automated report generation and distribution, and other administrative functions which can further improve work flow and efficiency throughout the cardiology department.

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Other benefits of CardioLogica include the merging of invasive and non-invasive modality data into one electronic patient folder, integrated modules across all diagnostic imaging modalities for flexible customisation and unique anatomical data structure for fast access to clinical information. The system also integrates images with reports, other records, and hemodynamic data, and can interface with Hospital Information Systems (HIS), allowing access by appropriate health care providers. The modular design of CardioLogica allows for easy upgrades. These features facilitate the rapid transfer of information, ultimately enhancing patient care.

CardioLogica will be incorporated into Inturis for Cardiology, Philips' market-leading integrated image and information management system for cardiovascular care environments. The addition of CardioLogica to its product offerings further strengthens the company's HeartCare programme, a dynamic portfolio of cardiovascular imaging modalities, connectivity solutions and consulting services that maximise patient care and work flow efficiency. With its broad and innovative cardiology and HeartCare product offerings and worldwide installed base, Philips Medical Systems is acknowledged as the leader in cardiac catheterisation labs and cardiology image management systems.

"This is an exciting development for Philips", commented Jos Bakker, business development manager for Cardiovascular Systems at Philips Medical Systems. "CardioLogica will be a key element of the Philips' HeartCare programme and significantly expands the capabilities of Inturis Suite, our standard-setting cardiology solution launched at the recently held American College of Cardiology meeting. Philips continues to be committed to bringing leading-edge technology across the entire cardiac care environment. CardioLogica is a best-in-class product, maximising the effectiveness and efficiency of diagnosing and managing cardiovascular disease, quantifiably improving the quality of care, while reducing the cost."

"CardioLogica was designed from the start by cardiologists for cardiologists", added Jacob Assa, the founder and president of CCS. "It is the most flexible of any CIS in terms of multiple imaging modality interfacing, department size and user geographic distribution. Since its inception in 1972, CardioLogica has continued to evolve to meet the ever-changing and challenging needs of our cardiology customers. We are delighted that Philips has recognised the pedigree of this product and will continue to evolve it as part of their substantial cardiovascular solutions offering."

Chuck Pyne, director of Inturis for Cardiology at Philips Medical Systems North America continued: "CardioLogica is an integral part of the Philips vision for providing our customers with a comprehensive cardiology solution. It allows hemodynamics systems and Hospital Information Systems (HIS) to be directly interfaced to the Inturis family of products. The addition of CardioLogica will strengthen Philips' acknowledged position as the premier cardiology solution provider." More details on the Philips Inturis Suite are available in the VMW April 2000 article Philips Medical Systems' new Inturis Suite offers integrated image management network for cardiology.


Leslie Versweyveld

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