by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | October 09, 2020
Philips has partnered with LeQuest, a leading provider of online interactive simulation-based training for the use of medical devices, to provide online interactive training for the Affiniti ultrasound system in Latin America, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Nordic countries, with more countries expected to roll out soon.
Through the partnership, medical staff can train individually at their own convenience without the need for equipment, avoiding the resulting loss of operational time on the system, as well as supporting faster onboarding and increasing confidence through practice with realistic simulation scenarios.
The Affiniti system offers healthcare professionals quick and efficient diagnosis with low operating cost across general radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and cardiology.
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“Partnering with LeQuest enables us to further expand our offering of solutions that aid in optimizing the healthcare ecosystem,” said Bich Le, senior vice president and general manager for ultrasound at Philips. “As the role of ultrasound continues to expand, new capabilities, such as remote clinical collaboration and virtual training, have been particularly valuable during the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling providers to reduce in-person contact and reduce infection risk.”
LeQuest was recently recognized as one of the 250 fastest-growing companies in the Netherlands for 2020. Since 2017, Philips has owned a minority interest in the company through its Philips Health Technology Venture Fund.
“At LeQuest our goal is to improve the quality of care by unlocking the potential of both medical technology as well as the competence of medical staff to use devices to the limit of their possibilities,” said Hicham Shatou, founder and CEO of LeQuest. “Our partnership with Philips is an important step on our path to achieving that ambition, extending the global reach of our capabilities and providing Philips ultrasound users with a hands-on experience of its Affiniti system in a virtual environment.”
Training modules are available for all models of the Affiniti system.