ANDOVER, Mass. and REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Philips Electronics NV (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today announced the companies will collaborate to streamline the workflow of radiologists as they seek to build and understand the complete clinical context of a patient. The collaboration builds upon the companies' existing commitment to work together to connect technologies that will help yield faster delivery of meaningful health information, improve healthcare efficiency and productivity, and reduce development and infrastructure costs.
The companies will connect Microsoft Amalga, a data aggregation platform, with Philips iSite PACS (picture archiving and communication system) to give radiologists the ability to view a complete set of a patient's data stored across the health enterprise—e.g., admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) data, lab data, pathology reports and medications—alongside the patient's images stored in the iSite PACS system. The ability to view digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) and non-DICOM data in one place will reduce the time radiologists currently spend probing separate, disconnected information systems to build a comprehensive view of patient history and allow them to focus more time on case review, analysis and diagnostics.
"Philips and Microsoft have a unique opportunity to give radiologists a new level of insight about the patient while reducing steps in their workflow," said Scott Burkhart, vice president of marketing, Healthcare Informatics North America, for Philips Healthcare. "Interoperability is one of our core strategies, and enabling our iSite PACS and Amalga systems to work together can enhance analytics capabil