Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced its participation in the upcoming Annual Integrative Ultrasound Meeting (AIUM) virtual event, April 11-14, hosted by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. The company will spotlight its latest advanced tele-ultrasound solutions, extending access and consistency of care and expanding capacity of care teams by enabling remote clinician to clinician collaboration.
As telemedicine continues to grow in adoption, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the evolution of ultrasound has been revolutionized by the expansion of tele-ultrasound, demonstrating its ability to extend global access to quality care across cardiovascular, general imaging and women's healthcare, regardless of geographic limitations. Advancements in point-of-care (POC) ultrasound are showing tremendous promise in rural and underserved areas of the world, allowing users of POC – emergency medicine physicians, intensivists, hospitalists, critical care physicians, medical fellows, residents, and more – to perform exams and consult with patients and one another, all via tele-ultrasound technology.
Spotlight on Philips Handheld Ultrasound (Lumify) with Collaboration Live (Reacts)
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At the virtual AIUM event, Philips will highlight its advanced tele-ultrasound solutions, allowing remote and secure communication between clinical teams and patients in real-time, making physical distance less of an obstacle. Philips products – including its award-winning Handheld Ultrasound (Lumify) with Collaboration Live (Reacts), the world's first truly integrated tele-ultrasound solution providing remote access to clinical staff in real-time during exams – will be front and center at the event. Remote guidance and collaboration allows tele-ultrasound users to eliminate time wasted in switching physical locations and to limit exposure to infectious patients, while increasing productivity and improving the patient and staff experience.
"In the era of COVID-19, the use of remote ultrasound guidance and training is more important than ever before. Patients are very sick, and cannot be examined with a stethoscope in order not to spread the virus from patient to patient," said Yanick Beaulieu, MD, Cardiologist-Intensivist and Medical Officer for Precision Diagnosis at Philips. "Tools that can deliver tele-guidance have become invaluable. When I am working remotely with one of my residents who is with a COVID patient performing an ultrasound exam with Philips Handheld Ultrasound (Lumify) and Collaboration Live (Reacts), I can see everything she is doing and guide her as if I were in the same room. Bringing expertise to where it is needed most is the true benefit of tele-ultrasound."