Sunway Medical Centre and Philips Malaysia team up for improved patient care

July 22, 2010

• Sunway Medical Centre becomes first private hospital in Malaysia to go LIVE into paperless charting management using Philips IntelliVue Clinical Information Portfolio (ICIP)

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – Technology, healthcare and the environment don’t often merge but the Philips IntelliVue Clinical Information Portfolio (ICIP) is a rare example, utilising an innovative, paperless system to increase efficiency and improve patient care.

Sunway Medical Centre, the first private hospital in Malaysia to use ICIP in its Intensive Care Unit (ICU), has tested the new technology for 6 months, with positive results.

“The Philips ICIP enables doctors to exchange patient data or electronic health records (EHRs) across provider’s networks, giving them easy access to the information they need to make informed care decisions,” explained Sister Jasmine Lau, Nurse Manager, ICU Dept, Sunway Medical Centre. Hospitals cope with vast amounts of clinical information, which need to be recorded and stored for reference, from patient information and evaluation to ongoing reports generated by bedside devices. Conventional methods require this to be done by hand, but ICIP allows all this data to be collected and stored in one convenient place for easy access via its ability to interface with different devices.

“Healthcare systems around the world are over-taxed, and Malaysia is no exception, hence this is a significant and commendable investment on the part of Sunway Medical Centre that reflects their commitment to care for their patients more effectively. Instead of lengthy data entry procedures, hospital staff can save on hours of administrative paperwork and dedicate that time and care to patients instead,” said Paul Stegman, Director of Patient Care and Clinical Informatics for Philips Healthcare, Asia Pacific. “By pairing the breadth of data available with tools that can present patient information in readily understandable ways, ICIP clears a path to faster interpretation and decisions.”

The ICIP patient monitoring technology interfaces its patient monitoring applications with other vendors’ systems in a range of healthcare setting and scenarios.  It brings a patient’s accumulated clinical data to clinicians in the first ten feet of care while providing support for automated regulatory compliance through its ability to seamlessly integrate into hospitals IT enterprise architecture.

Technology is increasingly playing a bigger role in the healthcare industry.  “Philips aims to be at the forefront of this technological revolution and is dedicated towards developing improved solutions that enable healthcare providers to improve the quality of care in a cost-effective manner.” added Stegman.

ICIP also allows doctors to practice paperless charting management, reducing material waste and energy usage, a policy that reflects the National Green Technology Policy (NGTP) launched by the Malaysian government in August 2009, aimed at policies to preserve the environment and natural resources, as well as minimizing or reducing negative effects of human activities. In this way, Philips and Sunway Medical Center are taking a positive step forward in blending technology and sustainable practices in healthcare.

For further information, please contact:

Royal Philips Electronics
Christina Celestine
Tel: +603 7965 7488
Email: christina.celestine@philips.com.

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 116,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 23 billion in 2009, 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 flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter..