Philips and Inova Heart Institute deliver cardiovascular imaging equipment to screen patients

Andover 20 November 2003Royal Philips Electronics has signed a ten-year, multi-million dollar strategic agreement with Inova Health System, a not-for-profit health care system based in Northern Virginia. Under the terms of the agreement, Philips will provide best-in-class cardiovascular imaging equipment, consulting and professional services to Inova Fairfax Hospital, one of the nation's best hospitals for cardiac surgery and cardiology. In addition, Philips will provide Inova Heart Institute, a speciality hospital scheduled to open in 2004, with a variety of innovative products and services, making it a premier location for state-of-the-art cardiac care in the nation's capital and the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

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The Inova Heart Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children will be a 156-bed, 360.000 square feet facility solely dedicated to identifying the causes and advancing the treatments of cardiovascular diseases. With its own entrance, ambulance bay for patient transfers, operating rooms, catheterization and electrophysiology labs, outpatient clinics and diagnostic facilities, the Institute will provide patients with a more focused approach to cardiac care under one roof with the added benefits of Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children just steps away.

"Our Heart Institute is designed to provide cardiovascular patients with the best possible care while helping to further research and development. In order to accomplish our goal we needed to ensure we had the best technology available", stated Candice Saunders, chief operating officer, Inova Health System. "Our alliance with Philips has already proven beneficial because members of both teams are working together to tailor technologies and services to the needs of our patients and staff. We're excited to move ahead with Philips."

Inova Health System consists of hospitals and other health services including home care, nursing homes, mental health services, wellness classes, and freestanding emergency and urgent care centres. Inova's mission is to provide quality care and to improve the health of the diverse communities they serve. The Inova Health System is comprised of five hospitals, including Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Once installed, Philips imaging technologies, will be used for clinical practice and research including evaluation of a 3D catheterization (cath) lab, conducting studies on dose management and image quality optimization. In addition the Heart Institute will have 3 electrophysiology labs.

"It is important for providers and manufacturers to collaborate in the current health care economy to achieve their growth objectives and for the betterment of the communities, patients, physicians, and staff", stated John Desch, vice president of Strategic and Enterprise Accounts, Philips. "We're honoured to work with Inova Health System and help them build the Heart Institute which will provide patients with high quality cardiovascular care."

One of the numerous advanced technologies Inova will utilize is the new Integris Allura Flat Detector. This new cath lab features X-ray Personalized (Xper) technology, which includes numerous personalized settings to tailor system performance to the individual clinician's needs. The system also features Xres, Philips' new, award-winning, real-time algorithm that contributes to superior image quality by reducing noise and enhancing the visualization of coronary arteries. Additionally, the Integris Allura Flat Detector is the first flat detector cath lab to offer three-dimensional rotational angiography (3D-RA), an interventional tool that enables scanned images to be reconstructed in 3D.

Philips' deep knowledge of cardiovascular care and extensive portfolio of diagnostic, imaging and interventional products and services are further bolstered by its Cardiovascular Care Business Team. The Business Team, dedicated to collaborating with cardiologists and medical research institutions to develop advanced technologies and services, supports the cardiovascular community in its efforts to deliver world-class patient care. Meeting regularly with its global Advisory Board, the Team strives not only to understand the industry's needs but help shape the systems of tomorrow to enable better treatments.

In October, the Business Team sponsored a CME-credited course with Duke University entitled, "The Revolution in Cardiac Imaging: Adapting to the Clinical Mindset". Featuring experts from around the world, the teleconference provided listeners with information on the importance of cardiac imaging, cost-effective testing and integration methods for the clinical practice. More Philips news is available in the VMW May 2003 article Philips introduces cardiac novelties and Cardiovascular Care Business Team at American College of Cardiology Conference.


Leslie Versweyveld

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