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Philips demonstrates innovation leadership in MR at RSNA

December 2, 2019

  • One million patient scans accelerated with Compressed SENSE
  • Philips and the University Medical Center of Leiden (LUMC) jointly top performer in the multi-coil tracks with 8x acceleration category of the fastMRI image reconstruction challenge, organized by Facebook AI Research (FAIR) and NYU Langone Health
  • Second team in which Philips participated, together with the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Amsterdam University Medical Center (Amsterdam UMC), and Radboud University, was top performer in the single-coil track with 4x acceleration category

Chicago, U.S. and Amsterdam, the Netherlands  Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today highlighted its latest advances in MR to help increase productivity, improve the patient and staff experience, and enhance diagnostic confidence. The company recently marked the completion of its one millionth patient scan accelerated with Compressed SENSE, an advanced solution that reduces exam times by up to 50% [1]. At the 2019 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Philips is also highlighting its Ambition 1.5T MR platform, the industry’s first and only commercially available fully sealed magnet for more productive, helium-free operations [2].

“Our accelerated Compressed SENSE scanning technology, combined with a host of smart, AI-powered innovations, enables a step-change in MR speed, productivity and workflow, while improving the experience for patients and staff,” said Arjen Radder, General Manager for MR at Philips. “At RSNA we’re also showcasing our breakthrough Ambition 1.5T MR platform with its fully-sealed BlueSeal magnet, which has received an enthusiastic reception from healthcare providers worldwide since its launch last year.”

Yesterday, it was announced that Philips and the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) were together the top performer in the fastMRI image reconstruction challenge in the multi-coil tracks with 8x acceleration category. A second team in which Philips participated, together with the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Amsterdam University Medical Center (Amsterdam UMC), and Radboud University, was the top performer in the single-coil track with 4x acceleration category. The fastMRI challenge is a collaborative research project between Facebook AI Research (FAIR) and NYU Langone Health. The aim is to investigate the use of AI to make MRI scans up to 10 times faster. By producing accurate images from under-sampled data, AI image reconstruction has the potential to improve the patient’s experience and make MRI exams accessible for more people. Results will be presented leading AI conference NeurIPS in Vancouver on December 14.

Faster scanning times increase productivity while benefitting patients and staff
Compressed SENSE is helping imaging providers to reshape their practices. For example, by replacing two older MR systems with the speed and quality of a single Philips 1.5T MR system with Compressed SENSE, the Diagnostic Imaging Center in Boynton Beach, Florida, U.S. has been able to consolidate operations into a single building, saving nearly USD 500,000 a year in total costs [3]. In Japan, Kurashiki Central Hospital’s Director of Radiological Technology and Vice President of the Japan Association of Radiological Technologists, Dr Masayuki Kumashiro, highlights the positive impact that the technology has on the staff experience: “The shorter scan times achieved with Compressed SENSE relieve the stress of a tight work schedule for the MR staff,” said Kumashiro. “Technologists can spend the gained time on increasing the image quality, or to take more time for patient preparation and dealing with safety aspects.”

SmartWorkflow solutions driving a breakthrough in workflow experience
Improving MR speed and workflow is a key area of attention for imaging providers. Combining powerfully with Compressed SENSE, Philips’ latest SmartWorkflow solution integrates guided patient setup and scanning automation, along with AI-embedded technology including VitalEye, VitalScreen and SmartExam [4], helping to save time and reduce staff stress by simplifying the number of workflow steps.

When the patient is ready, Philips SmartWorkflow allows the technologist to initiate the exam with a single touch. Scanning begins immediately after the door is closed, and the system automatically centers, plans, scans, and processes the resulting images. As a result, patient setup can be done in less than one minute, even for less experienced operators [5]. With this breakthrough in workflow, a fully automated MR exam is now one step closer.

Industry-first and only fully sealed magnet receives customer and industry recognition
Incorporating Philips’ breakthrough BlueSeal fully-sealed magnet, the Ambition 1.5T MR is the world’s first MR system to realize helium-free operations [2], reducing the chance of potentially lengthy and costly disruptions, and virtually eliminating dependency on a commodity with an unpredictable supply. The fully-sealed system does not require a vent pipe and is around 900kg lighter than its predecessor [6], significantly reducing the siting challenges presented by conventional magnets and lowering construction costs.

“The Hospitales Universitarios San Roque saved about EUR 80,000 (USD 89,000) in siting costs with Ambition 1.5T MR,” said Dr María del Mar Travieso Aja, Head of Diagnostic Imaging Services at the hospital. “Our safety procedures for patients and staff are simplified. We also avoided issues with the quench pipe exit location as the hospital is situated in a quiet area.” The Ambition 1.5T MR was also recently recognized by the U.S. Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA), winning its inaugural Innovation Award.

Philips is demonstrating its integrated portfolio of imaging solutions at the 2019 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting in booth #6730. For more Philips news from RSNA click here and follow @PhilipsLiveFrom for #RSNA19 live updates.

[1] Using Compressed SENSE technology and compared to Philips exams without Compressed SENSE.
[2] The Ambition 1.5T contains less than 0.5% of the helium of a conventional system and this is permanently sealed inside the device.
[3] Results from case studies are not predictive of results in other cases, which may vary.
[4] SmartExam is not available to patients with MR Conditional Implants.
[5] Based on in-house testing.
[6] Compared to the 1.5T ZBO magnet.

For further information, please contact:

Mark Groves
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +31 631 639 916
Email: mark.groves@philips.com
Twitter: @mark_groves

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 80,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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Philips and Inspira Health announce USD 50 million, long-term strategic partnership to transform patient care for residents of southern New Jersey, U.S.

Leading health system leverages Philips diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring solutions to deliver on Quadruple Aim: better outcomes, increased efficiency, and improved patient and staff experience

Andover, U.S. and Mullica Hill, U.S.  Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and Inspira Health (Inspira), today announced a strategic 5-year partnership agreement worth USD 50 million to standardize patient monitoring and drive innovation in diagnostic imaging solutions in order to enhance patient care and improve clinical workflow performance. The agreement will make Philips solutions available to more than a dozen Inspira health facilities, helping the charitable non-profit fulfill its commitment to provide access to the highest quality medical services. The contract also includes training and services that will maximize Inspira’s operational efficiency.

Inspira is the region’s leading network of health care providers, delivering the full continuum of primary, acute and advanced care services. The health system is comprised of three hospitals, a comprehensive cancer center, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 150 access points. The health network is also opening a state-of-the-art hospital this month and an adjacent leading-edge cancer center in January in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. Both will incorporate Philips technology to create an integrated care facility centered around patient needs.

Long-term strategic partnerships (LSPs) are a growing trend used within hospitals and health systems to better manage the cost and complexity of their technology investments over a defined period, while expanding quality access to advanced medical care in order to improve patient outcomes. Philips is a leader in LSPs and will provide Inspira with the latest in diagnostic imaging solutions, patient care monitoring systems, and minimally invasive solutions such as the Philips Azurion image-guided therapy platform. Driven by benefits for patients and care providers, minimally invasive therapies such as the catheter-based treatment of certain tumors, aneurysms, obstructed blood vessels, heart rhythm disorders and defective heart valves continue to grow fast. These therapies are also more cost-effective and support Inspira’s vision of providing quality care for its communities, with a focus on cancer and cardiac care.

“At Inspira, we are focused on leveraging technology that enables our teams to provide the best possible care. By working closely with Philips, we have an opportunity to stay at the cutting edge of imaging and patient monitoring,” said John DiAngelo, president and CEO, Inspira Health. “This partnership will bring countless benefits to our patients, physicians and clinical teams. It comes down to ensuring that each individual community within our broader community is taken care of.”

Long-term strategic partnerships also provide forward-thinking organizations like Inspira with a predictable and stable financial model, while helping to take the guesswork out of technology adoption. It will allow Inspira to standardize its diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring technologies across the network, making data more integrated and allowing clinicians to get access to the right patient data, which will facilitate better diagnosis and treatment.

“At Philips we want to improve the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2030. In order to achieve that goal, we need to work closely with forward-thinking health systems like Inspira that can help us to understand the unique challenges of the communities it serves and deliver the right care solutions,” said Vitor Rocha, Chief Market Leader, Philips North America. “Together we can help achieve the Quadruple Aim and focus on what is most important – providing the best quality care for patients.”

Philips and Inspira announced the new partnership at the Radiological Society of North America 2019 Annual Meeting where Philips is showcasing the power of precision diagnosis with clinical capabilities, simplified workflows and integrated artificial intelligence.

For more information about Inspira Health, visit www.inspirahealthnetwork.org.

For further information, please contact:

Silvie Casanova
Philips North America
Tel: +1 781 879 0692
Email: silvie.casanova@philips.com

Mark Groves
Philips Global Press Office
Tel: +31 631 639 916
Email: mark.groves@philips.com
Twitter: @mark_groves

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 80,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Inspira Health Network
Inspira Health is a charitable nonprofit health care organization and a regional leader in physician training, with approximately 160 medical residents and fellows in nine nationally accredited specialty programs. The system, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, a comprehensive cancer center, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 150 access points. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; sleep medicine labs; cardiac testing facilities; digestive health and wound care centers; home care and hospice; and more than 30 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Camden and Atlantic counties.

Together with its medical staff of more than 1,300 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 6,000 employees, Inspira Health provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Accredited by DNV Healthcare, the system’s clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health, visit www.InspiraHealthNetwork.org or call 1-800-INSPIRA.

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Can Tho, US discuss prospect of bilateral cooperation

Can ThoVice Chairman of the People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho Truong Quang Hoai Nam held a working session with new US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Marie C. Damour to discuss the prospect of bilateral cooperation in various areas on December 2.

Damour lauded Can Tho as an economic hub of the region with quality agro-fisheries products that attracted US investors.

She expressed her hope that Can Tho and the US will benefit from a common strategy with orientations to studying for multi-sectoral development and priorities to agriculture, environment protection and climate change response.

Next year, the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will send agriculture experts to Can Tho to study how to remove barriers in agriculture development, with a focus on food safety, improvement of soil and nutrition, as well as farm produce and seafood quality.

They will also look to improve the capacity of local researchers, farmers and science staff.

Damour also wished that Can Tho and the ARS will address issues in agricultural development such as improving the output and quality of farm produce, protecting land and water resources, and ensuring food safety and hygiene.

According to her, the US side will continue working closely with Can Tho to carry out clean air and greenhouse gas emission projects to improve the city’s resilience to climate change, mostly in inner city and major manufacturing and processing zones.

Vice Chairman Nam agreed with the US Consulate General’s proposals and committed all possible support for US partners.

He said he hoped that the diplomat will serve as a bridge to help Can Tho access US investors and projects, as well as hold regular meetings to popularise Can Tho’s strengths and potential./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Minister: government asks ministries, agencies to fulfill targets

HanoiMinister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung updated socio-economic performance for November and 11 months of this year that was discussed at the Government’s November meeting in Hanoi on December 2.

During a press conference held the same day following the meeting, Dung said the Government asked ministries and agencies to fulfill targets before the end of this year, and gave specific directions to stabilise pork prices, curb African swine fever, remove yellow card warning on Vietnamese aquatic products, step up capital allocation under the public investment plan, and disburse capital for key projects in electricity and transportation sectors.

A report by the Ministry of Planning and Investment showed that socio-economic situation for November and 11 months of this year continued progressing. Industrial production index went up 9.3 percent while manufacturing and processing rose by 10.6 percent.

In November, the total retail of goods and services increased by 12.6 percent, the highest in six years. Foreign tourist arrivals neared 16.3 million, up 15.4 percent year-on-year.

Consumer price index (CPI) in the month moved up 0.96 percent month-on-month due to rising pork and processed food prices. However, the 11-month CPI only rose by 2.57 percent, the lowest in the recent three years.

The November CPI inched up 3.78 percent from December 2018 and 3.52 percent annually.

Trade surplus hit 9.1 billion USD. Up to 30 commodities earned over 1 billion USD from exports and five others raked in more than 10 billion USD.

The total foreign direct investment reached 17.6 billion USD. There were 126,700 newly-established enterprises nationwide and 36,900 others resumed their operation, up 15.7 percent year-on-year.

Minister Dung also admitted shortcomings during 11 months such as high pork prices due to African swine fever, falling exports of farm produce, slow disbursement of public investment, and social, environment and security issues./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Greetings to Cuba on 59th anniversary of Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic ties

HanoiParty General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc have sent greetings to leaders of Cuba on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic ties.

The messages were sent to First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Central Committee Raul Castro Ruz, and President of the Council of State and Council of Minister of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan also extended greetings to her Cuban counterpart Esteban Lazo.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh cabled his congratulations to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency