Royal Philips announced several new products at the recent European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2014 in Barcelona. The company has highlighted a full range of its cardiology solutions serving clinicians and patients across the care spectrum—everything from prevention and diagnosis, to treatment, recovery, and wellness. Among the new solutions and products announced, Philips introduced Affiniti—an ultrasound machine designed to allow global hospitals and health system to cope with increasing patient volumes and cost pressures. 

Affiniti delivers technology to help radiology and ultrasound departments who are facing more patients with fewer resources. The system combines image quality with tools to help improve efficiency and workflow to offer the best care standards. PureWave transducer technology is used to deliver excellent image quality with hardly any need for adjustment. Additionally, the Anatomical Intelligent Ultrasounds provides automatic anatomy recognition and quantification—which eases the process of exams and delivers clinical information quickly. Automated tools that reduce the number of steps to complete each exam include: AutoSCAN, Auto Doppler, and SmartExam. Additionally, DICOM and PC format capabilities allow for information to be easily shared. The product is currently slated for a 2015 launch.

In addition to this new ultrasound machine, Philips demonstrated several products at ESC Congress 2014, including:

Screening and Diagnosis

  • ST80i ECG Stress Testing System—Manages patient information through bi-directional network connectivity
  • Philips IntelliSpace ECG—The ECG management system provides access to patient data for ECG review on a smartphone
  • Xcelera Image Management System—Image management system for cardiovascular information offering access to multiple applications within a single workspace; for use across multiple locations/sites
  • IntelliSpace Portal with TAVI package—Assesses the aortic root anatomy for pre-TAVI planning and obtains additional crucial information regarding eligibility, device size, and a recommendation for C-arm angle for device deployment
  • EPIQ Ultrasound—Powerful ultrasound imaging

Treatment

  • Allura Clarity with ClarityIQ—Interventional X-ray system with high image quality and low X-ray dose
  • EchoNavigator R2 with Image Fusion—Live imaging guidance during structural heart disease procedures
  • Hybrid OR—Perform a wide range of open and minimally invasive procedures in a single room
  • Heart Navigator—Assists structural heart disease procedures; simplifies planning, device, and projection angle selection;  delivers live image guidance to support device positioning

Recovery and Care Management

  • Q-Station, with anatomical intelligence tools—Streamlines ultrasound data management and executes advanced visualization, analysis, and quantification of Philips echo data.
  • Motiva mobile—Interactive telehealth platform that’s part of the Chronic Ambulatory Care program (eCAC) to help empower chronically ill patients to manage their disease state