The World Health Organization (WHO) states that in 2015 cardiovascular diseases accounted for 17.5 million deaths annually. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death, and account for more cost than any other chronic illness across the globe, said Yair Briman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare IT for Philips. IntelliSpace Cardiovascular expands the ability for cardiologists to deliver care from virtually anywhere by giving them power to access diagnostic quality echo images remotely.
According to the Future Health Index, a recent study commissioned by Philips, 81 percent of cardiology patients surveyed feel it is important that the healthcare system in their country is integrated so that they do not have to have the same test or screening run multiple times due to visiting different facilities. This also demonstrates the need for a fully integrated cardiology solution like IntelliSpace Cardiovascular.
Interoperable, patient-centric repository
Philips says it’s committed to providing the latest technology and integrated cardiology solutions to prevent, diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. With the new generation of the IntelliSpace Cardiovascular the company promises to provide cardiologists with an interoperable, patient-centric repository of comprehensive cardiovascular information that will help support clinical decision-making, streamline workflows and reduce costs.
Wally Wonnink, Supervising Physician on Echocardiography at the Elisabeth – Tweesteden Hospital Tilburg, the Netherlands, has worked with the new solution. An advantage in working with the IntelliSpace Cardiovascular 2.1 is, Wonnink says, that a cardiologist doesn’t have to search for images and reports from earlier tests or open multiple screens, since everything is presented in a unified view, on a chronologically ordered timeline. “This will give caregivers access to the patient’s history of diagnosis and treatment and can help prevent unnecessary examinations.” Also a holistic view will help in finding the right treatment quicker.
Other features of the IntelliSpace Cardiovascular 2.1 are:
- Expanded vendor agnostic web application programming interfaces (WebAPI), in order to provide customers with easier access to third-party applications.
- Seamless access to EMR data, scheduling systems and any web-based application supporting the clinician.
- Increased interoperability to further centralize patient data from multiple sources to streamline workflows, provides a more comprehensive patient view, and fosters collaboration by adding clinical depth instead of information overload.