Philips Wins Premier Contract for Enterprise Image Management Solutions

Royal Philips ElectronicsRoyal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) was chosen for a new 33-month contract by Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., the group purchasing unit of Premier Inc. The new agreement, effective April 1, 2008, provides Premier's more than 1,600 member hospitals and 51,000 additional healthcare sites with access to contracts for Philips Xcelera PACS for Cardiology and Philips iSite PACS for Radiology.

Premier's I.T. Services Committee, which is comprised of representatives from 18 Premier owner organizations, along with a multi-disciplinary task force with representatives from Premier's Cardiovascular and Imaging Committees, completed an exhaustive review of the suppliers in the Enterprise Image Management Solutions (EIMS) marketplace in 2007. As the Committee reviewed and compared Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) vendors, they considered multiple factors, including corporate stability, breadth and depth of products, services and support, multi-modality imaging capabilities, overall functionality, integration, life cycle, and cost. Considering the specified criteria and evaluation activities, in comparison with other potential suppliers in this category, the Premier I.T. Services Committee awarded a contract to Philips.

"Premier viewed our industry-leading cardiology and radiology solutions, including our unique business model for our Radiology PACS solution, as ones that many of its members would embrace," said Eli Rapaich, vice president of sales, Healthcare Informatics, for Philips Healthcare. "For example, our ability to build flexibility into the Radiology PACS agreement, taking into consideration the member's commitment to volume, contract length, capital, and other contract expenditures, allows us to customize a leading-edge solution to meet individual member needs."

Premier Imaging Committee member, Merle Peterson, director of Medical Imaging, Kettering Medical Center (Kettering, Ohio) stated; "We're very pleased that Philips worked with Premier to create an opportunity that affords even hospitals with limited individual negotiating power the ability to acquire advanced technology." Mr. Peterson also noted that having both the Philips Xcelera PACS and Philips iSite PACS solutions on the Premier contract will help Premier members streamline their evaluation and purchasing processes. "Knowing that Premier has done the legwork and pre-qualified Philips as a leading supplier of comprehensive image and information management solutions for cardiology and radiology instills confidence throughout the decision-making process."

In addition to Philips iSite PACS and Philips Xcelera PACS solutions, Philips Healthcare is on contract with Premier for CT, MRI, Molecular Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, PET and PET CT, RAD, RF, Surgery, and Cardiovascular products. Philips is also on contract for all ultrasound systems and nearly all patient monitoring products.

Philips Xcelera is a multimodality image management, analysis and reporting solution that organizes and provides access to images and data from key cardiology subspecialties. Featuring a user-friendly design, Xcelera offers an extensive range of integrated, advanced quantification applications on a common workspace. Philips Xcelera was named KLAS General Market Software Category Leader for Cardiology Reporting & Documentation in the 2007 Top 20 Year End Best in KLAS Awards report. To learn more about Philips Xcelera, visit www.medical.philips.com/xcelera.

Related news articles:

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 51,000-plusother healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit www.premierinc.com.

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle, delivering people-centric, innovative products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 134,200 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of $42.5 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2007, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, as well as lifestyle solutions for personal wellbeing. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

Most Popular Now

Two Leading CIOs Join the Highland Marke…

Two of the NHS' most dynamic chief information officers have joined Highland Marketing’s advisory board of NHS IT professionals and health tech industry experts. Ian Hogan, a CIO at the Northern...

Using Technology to Support Primary Care

Opinion Article by Paul Bensley, Managing Director of Primary Care Cloud Telephony Specialist X-on. It is good to see the publication of this strategy [A plan for digital health and social...

Building the Right Foundations to Delive…

Opinion Article by Gary Birks, Gary Birks, General Manager, UK and Ireland, Orion Health. The latest strategy for health and care IT looks to build on what has been achieved over...

Teaching AI to Ask Clinical Questions

Physicians often query a patient's electronic health record for information that helps them make treatment decisions, but the cumbersome nature of these records hampers the process. Research has shown that...

Virtual Reality App Trial Shown to Reduc…

Results from a University of Otago, Christchurch trial suggest fresh hope for the estimated one-in-twelve people worldwide suffering from a fear of flying, needles, heights, spiders and dogs. The trial, led...

MIT Engineers Develop Stickers that can …

Ultrasound imaging is a safe and noninvasive window into the body’s workings, providing clinicians with live images of a patient’s internal organs. To capture these images, trained technicians manipulate ultrasound...

AI Analyses Neuron Changes to Detect whe…

A research group from Nagoya University in Japan has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) for analyzing cell images that uses machine learning to predict the therapeutic effect of drugs. Called...

Patient Deterioration Predictor could Su…

An artificial intelligence-driven device that works to detect and predict hemodynamic instability may provide a more accurate picture of patient deterioration than traditional vital sign measurements, a Michigan Medicine study...

Interoperability with Open Standards: Le…

Opinion Article by Vivek Krishnan, CTO, Alcidion Group. The future of healthcare systems lies in open standards that free data from traditional, stand-alone silos and make it available to the many...

Advancing Dynamic Brain Imaging with AI

MRI, electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography have long served as the tools to study brain activity, but new research from Carnegie Mellon University introduces a novel, AI-based dynamic brain imaging technology...

Open Call HORIZON-EIC-2022-PATHFINDERCHA…

Current technologies for digital data storage are hitting sustainability limits in terms of energy consumption and their use of rare and toxic materials. Moreover, data integrity when using those technologies...

NHS Trust Dramatically Reduces Acute Kid…

A condition linked to thousands of UK deaths has been significantly reduced by healthcare professionals at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, with the help of a new care...