Philips' new app-based ultrasound may be a game changer for the industry

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | December 09, 2014
Vitor Rocha
Philips Healthcare announced at the RSNA show and conference last week that they have formed a consortium of health care leaders to foster the development of applications for their new proof-of-concept app-based ultrasound. The consortium will be made up of radiologists, clinicians, bioengineers and payors.

Philips built all of the ultrasound technology into their transducer. Users will be able plug the transducer into any off-the-shelf tablet and be able to download applications based on the clinical situation.

"The app-based ultrasound is really helping to expand access to health care — moving the ultrasound away from the ultrasound room and closer to the patient," Vitor Rocha, CEO of ultrasound at Philips, told DOTmed News.

A few of their goals are to have it so the app-based ultrasound can be used in emergency vehicles en route to the hospital and inside of patients' homes. "That's the future — to expand the access of health care and to move the ultrasound closer to patients and to empower doctors to have that more 'yes or no diagnosis'," said Rocha.

On Monday, Philips had a meeting with 100 customers and Rocha said that they were showing a lot of interest in participating in the consortium. Physicians from the University of Washington, Mount Sinai and Brigham and Women's Hospital are already onboard.

"Ultrasound is a critical tool in diagnostic imaging and general health care, and it will become even more essential as technology advances by providing improved data to physicians anywhere, faster, and enabling us to focus on what's most important — patient care," Dr. Jagat Narula of Mount Sinai, said in a statement. "This consortium enables true collaboration and encourages the exchange of innovative ideas to address specific needs within the medical community."

Right now, Philips is actively recruiting members, and once the consortium is up and running, it will meet two times a year.

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