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Medical Center Leeuwarden (MCL), a non-university teaching hospital in the Netherlands, and Royal Philips have signed a ten-year managed services agreement for ultrasound to enhance cardiac care.

MCL will have continuous access to Philips’ state-of-the-art ultrasound technology throughout its cardiology department for the next ten years, as part of the deal.

Under the agreement, Philips will install its ultrasound imaging solutions in many different parts of MCL’s cardiology department.

Installed solutions will comprise Philips’ iE33 high-end echocardiography system, its CX50 versatile high-performance mobile ultrasound system, and its brand new Epiq ultrasound imaging platform, which will be installed in early 2014.

MCL cardiologist, Dr Rob Breedveld, said close cooperation and long-term agreements with Philips make sure that they have access to the latest innovations, such as the EPIQ ultrasound system, that further improve the way their staff can diagnose and treat patients, while also helping to manage costs.

The EPIQ ‘anatomical intelligence’ ultrasound platform, which combines high frame rate capture with unsurpassed image detail and panoramic volume imaging, was launched recently at the European Society of Cardiology Congress (ESC 2013) in Amsterdam.

The in-built anatomical intelligence in the EPIQ platform produces patient-specific organ models with automated segmentation, feature recognition and parametre extraction, helping clinicians in diagnosis, treatment and therapy monitoring.

"The in-built anatomical intelligence in the EPIQ platform produces patient-specific organ models with automated segmentation, feature recognition and parametre extraction."

Philips Healthcare Benelux general manager, Henk Valk, commented that this new partnership with MCL brings both aspects together, resulting in the largest cardiac ultrasound imaging agreement in the Netherlands.

"This important long-term agreement is the latest in a string of more than 30 managed services agreements worldwide that have seen Philips strategically transform itself from an equipment supplier, to a managed technology and consulting services provider," Valk said.

MCL is one of the first hospitals in the Netherlands to deploy Philips’ new Epiq ‘anatomical intelligence’ ultrasound imaging platform.

Apart from structural innovation upgrades, Philips has agreed to provide training and consultancy to the latest cardiac ultrasound technologies for diagnostic and minimally-invasive interventional procedures.


Image: Medical Center Leeuwarden. Photo: courtesy of Koninklijke Philips N.V.