Technology | March 06, 2009

Philips Offers Service to Identify Down Time in Imaging Department

March 6, 2009 – Philips Healthcare launched today at ECR 2009 the Philips Utilization Services to help healthcare providers provide enhanced patient care by pinpointing and reducing unproductive time in imaging departments.

Developed by Philips and based on its understanding of the complexities that hinder healthcare professionals from delivering patient-centered care, Philips Utilization Services enable clinicians and managers to make the best use of imaging technology. Philips’ workflow experts analyze information on how imaging technology is used, such as the length of time that scanners are idle, the time between scans, and how long patient changeovers take. Using this information they help imaging departments develop and implement sustainable solutions that maximize the potential of a department’s technology resources.

The data could be useful when deciding how and when to upgrade or transition to a new system. By providing details on how CT and MR scanners are used, it is possible to improve throughput. Philips Utilization Services’ detailed and easy-to-interpret reports are automatically generated and updated daily. Philips Utilization Services can be used to enable hospitals to achieve quality improvements, streamline workflow, increase the number of patients scanned, reduce waiting lists, and optimize their return on investment.

Each usage report is accompanied by a comprehensive guide that explains the data and suggests steps or opportunities for improvement. Each of these ‘Companion Guides’ was developed by experts in the area of departmental workflow and provides insights and suggestions as to how imaging departments can meet their clinical and business objectives. The service is only available on CT and MR devices manufactured by Philips.

For more information: www.philips.com/ECR

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