Philips and Elsevier Integrate Speech Recognition and Radiology Diagnostic Reference System to Provide Radiologists With Better Decision Support

Elsevier and Royal Philips Electronics
2007-11-15 20:56 753

First-of-its Kind Solution Can Improve Quality of Diagnoses

VIENNA, Austria and PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and Elsevier announced today that Philips speech recognition platform SpeechMagic(TM) will be integrated to provide interoperability with Elsevier's new RadConsult radiology diagnostic reference system. This will allow customers and the partners of both parties to use industrial grade speech recognition with access to world-class radiological information to assist them in increasing productivity and reducing medical errors during review and diagnosis of patient cases.

"Clinical knowledge is estimated to double every eighteen months," said Marcel Wassink, CEO of Philips Speech Recognition Systems. "Interoperability between the RadConsult radiology reference system and SpeechMagic will provide radiologists with solid decision support based on the latest information from the field. SpeechMagic now not only speeds up the availability of medical reports but also helps ensure more accurate and evidence-based delivery of care."

RadConsult improves the diagnostic efficiency of the radiologist. Radiology images and differential diagnosis content are delivered through an easy-to-use website and organized around the radiologist's workflow. This first-of-its-kind integration of the RadConsult service with SpeechMagic can enhance the benefits of Radiology Information Systems (RIS) by giving radiologists access to information at the reading room workstation.

"We are excited about this partnership with Philips Speech Recognition Systems and how it will support our goal of improving the efficiency of the radiology practice. We are integrating more of our world-class, radiological reference information where health practitioners need it to support their diagnostic decisions," says Brian Nairn, chief executive officer, Elsevier, Health Sciences Division.

Philips' industrial grade speech recognition platform SpeechMagic is installed at more than 8,000 professional sites in 45 nations. More information about both technologies can be found at Elsevier's booth 1105 at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual conference in Chicago, Illinois USA, November 25-29, 2007.

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity." Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 128,100 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of USD 34 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2006, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. News from Philips is located at .

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect ( ), MD Consult ( ), Scopus ( ), bibliographic databases and online reference works.

Elsevier ( ) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc ( ), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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