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Philips and Vidyo Collaborate for Enterprise-Wide Deployment of Next-Generation Telehealth Services
April 24, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
Andover, Mass., and Hackensack, N.J. -- Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and Vidyo are collaborating to offer health system providers an approach for extending telehealth solutions across the enterprise to improve patient care and clinician workflow while also reducing costs. Enterprise-wide deployment of these next-generation telehealth services will require scalable and flexible advanced video technology to adapt to the full range of clinical workstations and mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Philips enterprise telehealth solutions will incorporate remote physiologic monitoring, advanced clinical decision support, and Vidyo's Adaptive Video Layering
Technology(TM), into a powerful clinical platform for communications and collaboration. This interoperable platform, based on the proven eICU(R) program, will aggregate clinical informatics solutions designed to improve the quality of patient care, and key performance indicators such as patient mortality, length of stay, hospital-acquired infections, and hospital readmissions across health system enterprises.
"We are excited to collaborate with Vidyo to leverage its cutting-edge telepresence technologies to enhance the flexibility and scalability of our telehealth solutions," said Mike Mancuso, senior vice president & general manager, Enterprise Patient Informatics Solutions and Patient Monitoring Systems, for Philips Healthcare. "Philips is committed to working with industry leaders to better address healthcare needs by expanding telehealth services beyond the ICU, as well as externally to remote clinics, physician offices, and into the home."
Vidyo's unique Adaptive Video Layering Technology dynamically optimizes the video for each endpoint. By continuously monitoring the performance of the underlying network and capabilities of endpoint devices, video streams are adapted in real-time to optimize communications. The Vidyo Application Programming Interface (API) supports greater customization and integration of telehealth solutions into clinical work flows. Additionally, solutions can be deployed on both private and public networks, using standard off-the-shelf hardware -- allowing for simple, cost-effective implementation and maintenance.
"The collaboration between Philips and Vidyo is not only a boon to our respective companies, but to the telehealth industry, in general," said Dr. Amnon Gavish, Vidyo's Senior VP of Vertical Solutions. "Telehealth has now come of age, driven by global demand and, in the U.S., empowered by new laws and legislation like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). There is an ever-increasing need for easier access to affordable, high-quality telehealth which the Philips-Vidyo platform will uniquely satisfy. Healthcare providers and patients alike will benefit from this solution's extremely natural interaction experience, enabled by the very low latency of Vidyo's technology. This high-quality experience enhances the remote physician - patient interaction, promoting a higher level of patient trust."
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of "sense and simplicity." Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.6 billion in 2011, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc., pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, gateways that interoperate with H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based broadcast solutions. Vidyo for Healthcare(TM) eliminates the access, performance and cost issues of traditional systems that require expensive MCU equipment and dedicated QoS. With its amazing quality, unmatched accessibility and market-shifting cost-efficiency, Vidyo for Healthcare (see video) provides hospitals, specialized medical centers and physician clinics with low latency telepresence-quality video conferencing from any mobile, desktop or room-based endpoint over the Internet, WiFi and 4G networks. Vidyo delivers end-to-end encryption, provides HIPAA-compliant security, and easily integrates into existing healthcare environments with support for a variety of medical devices and interoperability with existing conferencing infrastructure. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.
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