It’s RSNA week (Radiology Society of North America) in Chicago, so all the imaging boys are lining up their offerings. Royal Philips has introduced a new lung screening solution designed to offer health care providers a faster and more definitive pathway to lung cancer detection and treatment.
Philips says its “total solution” is comprised of products and services that enable health care providers to implement and manage a comprehensive computed tomography (CT) lung screening program which tracks and guides patients across the health continuum.
In 2011, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) showed that screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) reduced lung cancer deaths among a population of heavy smokers by 20 percent, when compared to using chest X-rays as the diagnostic tool.
That said, this patient population is particularly challenging to track and manage due to the high volume of measurements, data and changes in tumor and patient status over time. Philips is targeting this very scenario: Its innovative solution can be used with most low-dose CT scanners and consists of an integrated portfolio of products and services that together offers health care providers a complete program for early lung cancer detection and ability to easily assess individual patient status as well as overall program key performance indicators.
The Philips solution consists of several elements that, in combination, will allow health care providers to improve lung cancer screening and management with the ultimate goal of decreasing the overall mortality rate from the disease:
- Services Marketing – Consultative services and marketing support enables health systems to reach high-risk patients and their primary care physicians (PCPs), provide connections to patient advocacy and support organizations, information sources, and access to materials for marketing their lung cancer screening services.
- Patient Management – “Control center” software tools allow providers to follow a set of customized clinical protocols and establish interfaces with other hospital systems (HIS, RIS, EMR and PACS), providing clinical teams with a 360-degree view of patients. Customizable workflow tools also send timely and accurate notifications, and track participant history and touch points.
- Radiology Workflow – CT lung image review and reporting offers specialized radiology software tools which facilitate review and reporting of serial CT lung exams to identify and easily follow areas of concern.
- Physician Education Resources – Comprehensive online education portal to measure and report radiologist performance against a wide range of clinical cases, as well as structured education courses and other reference materials.
The Philips lung screening and management system will be available in North America in the first half of 2015.
“Lung cancer has a significant mortality rate in the U.S., and given the large number of heavy smokers in the aging baby boomer population, we can expect to see that number rise in the coming years,” said Dr. Andrea McKee, MD, chair of the Radiation Oncology Department at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA. “Philips’ innovation in lung screening aligns with the industry’s focus on preventative screening and taking a more holistic approach to patient care.”
“Philips has long been at the forefront of offering sophisticated solutions for early detection of a wide range of conditions, but today’s clinicians need to integrate all relevant information quickly to reach a definitive diagnosis,” said Gene Saragnese, executive vice president and CEO of Imaging Systems, Philips. “Philips is in a unique position to be able to offer not only the advanced imaging technology to make early lung cancer detection possible, but the data insights, collaboration and education tools that are needed to deliver the quality and consistency required for health systems to succeed in new, evidence-based models of patient care.”
Source: Royal Philips, PR Newswire