Philips debuts AI-enabled, automated Radiology Workflow Suite at RSNA 2020


Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, participated in the RSNA 2020 virtual event which took place on 30th November, 2020.

The event featured Philips Radiology Workflow Suite, end-to-end solutions to drive operational efficiency through the integration, digitalization and virtualization of radiology. At RSNA 2020, Philips showcased a coordinated suite of offerings for the first time, introducing key solutions that come together to enhance the entire radiology workflow to address the most pressing operational challenges across diagnostic and interventional radiology.

The effective capture, analysis and reporting of data is now at the core of modern diagnostics, with healthcare providers increasingly challenged to implement integrated, digital systems that improve the experience of staff and patients, provide better health outcomes and lower the cost of care. The impact can be felt across the entire system, as 97% of radiology departments are unable to meet their reporting requirements, [1] and repeat, low-value, and unnecessary imaging exams cost them as much as $12 billion annually [2].

The situation has been further exacerbated by COVID-19. To manage backlog after an estimated 50-70% reduction in imaging volume during the peak of the pandemic, radiology departments are now being challenged to combine elective exams and procedures for patients with cancer, heart disease, and other conditions, while continuing to support critical care for COVID-19 patients. Combined with the growing global shortage of radiologists [3] and the fact that diagnostic and treatment workloads are expanding in both volume and complexity, radiology departments are under pressure to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment, while minimizing wait times for patients, Integrated workflow solutions for patients, technologists and radiologists. By taking a system view of imaging, Philips is connecting workflows across the imaging enterprise to help improve outcomes for patients and enhance the efficiency and work experience of radiologists, technologists and administrators. Reinforcing Philips’ strong foundation in imaging, therapy guidance, and clinical solutions, Philips Radiology Workflow Suite is designed to be vendor-neutral and can be implemented in any radiology department around the world. The portfolio of integrated solutions featured in Philips Radiology Workflow Suite includes imaging technologies, informatics solutions and related solutions for disease management, patient engagement and more.

“Precision across the diagnostic enterprise is more important today than ever before. To help meet our customers’ greatest challenges, we are pivoting away from standalone products to an integrated systems and solutions approach focused on data and intelligence to drive operational efficiency in an automated way for informed practice management and continuous improvement,” said Kees Wesdorp, Chief Business Leader, Precision Diagnosis at Philips. “Visitors to our Philips RSNA virtual site were able to experience Philips smart connected systems, which optimize radiology workflows, and generate insights from integrated diagnostics, leading to clear care pathways and predictable outcomes for every patient.”

Philips Radiology Workflow Suite helps reduce overall cost per diagnosis across all phases of the diagnostic enterprise, including:
•Scheduling and preparation – Patients anxious about a potentially serious diagnosis can receive support even before arriving for their exams, with personalized instructions and reminders delivered via SMS-based communications from Philips Patient Engagement Manager, making its debut at RSNA 2020.
•Image acquisition – Technologists under pressure to achieve a first-time-right scan can now be supported virtually by remote specialists through Philips Radiology Operations Command Center.  Philips’ Collaboration Live, available on premiere Philips ultrasound systems, also connects technologists with colleagues and specialists whenever and wherever required. To streamline patient setup, Philips MR Smart Workflow reduces and simplifies the number of steps needed in a conventional MR exam workflow, using technology to automate where possible.  Philips Radiology Imaging Suite also provides the technologist with a common imaging platform and more streamlined workflows by integrating patient information and advanced visualization and analysis into one easy-to-view console.
•Image and data interpretation – Radiologists confronted with increasing numbers of images to read can now receive a prioritized worklist from the AI-enabled Philips Workflow Orchestrator, along with an intuitive summary of advanced visualization and analysis from various systems presented in a single view. Philips Advanced Visualization Portal – IntelliSpace – also connects patient data across departments to create interoperability for greater clinical intelligence and analysis, supported by AI-tools such as an algorithm for the detection of COVID-19 lesions.
•Reporting and results communication – To streamline reporting, Philips Clinical Collaboration Platform includes an Interactive Multimedia Reporting module with embedded voice recognition capability, to help radiologists cut turnaround time by entirely eliminating the need for typing and entry of patient or clinical context. Exam data can be inserted directly into reports, allowing radiologists to quickly review and approve final reports while adding clinical context for referring physicians.
•Shared decision-making, pathway selection and treatment – For referring physicians who need to offer confident recommendations on a patient’s care pathway, Philips Tumor Board integrates radiology, genomic lab treatment and other data into a single view so radiologists, together with the extended clinical team, can see the whole patient profile at a glance and decide on a treatment pathway efficiently and collaboratively.
•Outcomes and follow-up care – Radiology administrators are empowered to help patients keep to their treatment plans while improving overall operational efficiency with the real-time performance metrics and follow-up patient tracking provided by Philips PerformanceBridge. Philips Patient Portal empowers patients to share their information and access their results between facilities, physicians, specialists and other healthcare providers.

Philips solutions spotlight at RSNA 2020: enabling a pathway to precision diagnosis
From the moment a patient is referred to radiology, to the time his/her clinical status is known, care depends on a cascade of complex workflows where precision is essential. From data-driven practice management and improving the radiology staff and patient experience, to increasing diagnostic confidence to improve patient care, Philips is connecting the right data, technology and clinical insights to enable the patient’s pathway to precision diagnosis and therapy. For more information on key areas of focus for Philips at RSNA across its rich portfolio of radiology solutions, please visit Philips’ RSNA Press Backgrounder.

Philips Live! virtual platform at RSNA 2020
New this year, Philipscreated a unique and immersive experience for attendees, with a virtual platform which allowed visitors to participate in live and on-demand sessions and tours of the Philips booth from November 29 through December 5.  Attendees got the chance to explore the 3D environment and view in-depth solution demos of the latest breakthrough innovations from Philips.  Visit Philips Live at RSNA 2020 for more information on Philips’ integrated workflow solutions to connect data, technology and people across the diagnostic enterprise.