by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | February 02, 2022
Philips will oversee installations of its ultrasound, MR and mobile X-ray equipment at the University Hospital Brandenburg an der Havel in Germany for €18 million (over $20 million).
In addition, the manufacturer will also provide image-guided therapy suites and patient monitoring solutions, as part of a 10-year strategic partnership with the hospital. With these technologies, University Hospital Brandenburg an der Havel will be better able to train its staff to care for and produce better outcomes in their patients, as well as reduce healthcare expenses.
"Our joint activities will go well beyond device procurement and financing. There will be a uniform operating philosophy across devices and departments for renewal of our equipment inventory. In this way, we can speed up processes, minimize operating errors and make its use easier throughout the clinic,” said Gabriele Wolter, managing director of University Hospital Brandenburg an der Havel, in a statement.
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The agreement provides the hospital with greater flexibility and allows it to choose and invest in technologies based on its changing needs. The hospital currently has around 500 beds and offers specialist care locally and nationally to around 26,000 inpatients and 48 ambulatory patients in 15 specialized clinics.
"Particularly important to their approach is the close link between teaching, research and patient care. Philips will help the hospital achieve its goals by focusing on improving care along the treatment pathways of the hospital," Heiko Borwieck, health systems sales leader for Philips Germany, told HCB News.
Philips will upgrade two of its existing interventional suites for cardiac and vascular procedures, and install a new hybrid operating room with its image-guided therapy system, Azurion. The solution will be used by the hospital for minimally invasive procedures, with significant benefits including "reduced patient trauma, shorter recovery times and hospital stays, and lower costs," according to Borwieck.
With the latest version released in 2020
, Azurion is designed to reduce crowding and clutter in the interventional lab environment. It does this by integrating control of imaging, physiology, hemodynamic and informatics applications, and offering intuitive control of the gantry, at tableside. Clinicians just need to use a single touch screen to perform an application and do not need to leave the sterile field to step into an adjacent control room.