Philips launches its first clinical product for aiding cognitive assessment in the U.S.

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Philips launches its first clinical product for aiding cognitive assessment in the U.S.

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | November 12, 2019 Alzheimers/Neurology Artificial Intelligence
Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Cambridge, U.S. – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, announced today the U.S. debut of its new cognitive assessment platform IntelliSpace Cognition. Leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and Philips' cloud-based HealthSuite Digital Platform, IntelliSpace Cognition provides healthcare professionals with a powerful aid for assessing cognitive impairment.

IntelliSpace Cognition automates and enhances well-established neuropsychological tests, offering new insights for clinicians treating patients with debilitating neurological conditions. It provides direct access to detailed information about a patient's cognition while also providing quantitative longitudinal data to aid in assessing disease progression and treatment efficacy.

"There is a real need for quantitative measures to assess the cognitive impairment of people with neurological disease," said Dr. Joseph Fritz, CEO of DENT Neurologic Institute, the first neurology practice to use IntelliSpace Cognition. "Computerized tools and intelligent algorithms offer new opportunities in this area to improve care. The depth of information now available and the efficiency with which we can perform assessments can be very helpful for providing feedback to patients and families sooner and developing treatment plans more quickly."

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"While dealing with the rising tide of neurological disease remains a great challenge, our solution will facilitate robust and reliable cognitive assessment with greater efficiency and scale than traditional methods," said Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Philips. "Combining this with imaging-based diagnostics we aim to offer care providers more meaningful insights into the health of their patients and potentially open up new possibilities for treatment in the future."

A crucial care pathway for neurologists is to refer patients to neuropsychologists whose expertise in assessing cognitive issues provides important information for treatment. While treatment may be limited for some neurodegenerative diseases, it is vital to act as early as possible to establish an appropriate care plan or treatment protocol.

The number of neuropsychologists able to perform an assessment is limited and coupled with a rise in the number of patients suffering from neurological conditions, there is a need for new innovative solutions. A rapid and reliable method for neurologists to better assess cognition and select those that would benefit from seeing a neuropsychologist would alleviate pressure on this part of the healthcare system. Results from a study conducted by Philips support interest in new solutions to address these issues. Ninety-two percent of neurologists indicated that the IntelliSpace Cognition concept would be appealing to use within their practice [1].

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