Manila, Philippines - St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City (SLMC – GC) has recently acquired the Philips Xcelera suite, an advanced Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) that puts patients first by giving medical practitioners complete and easy access to patient files and information from all over its local network.
The system is the first hospital-wide enterprise system to operate throughout SLMC – GC’s network, and is also the first PACS suite to feature customized report generation in the Philippines. With its excellent connectivity and extensive feature set, patients spend less time waiting for their results, and doctors can make quicker and more accurate decisions for medical intervention and care.
Dr. Jose Nicholas Cruz, Head of St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City’s Heart Institute, says, “We are constantly looking for ways to improve healthcare delivery here and around the world, and this is our latest innovation. I definitely see a firm place for the Philips Xcelera at St. Luke’s.”
Seeing the big picture with the touch of a button
The Philips Xcelera system is a comprehensive image management solution that allows doctors and medical staff within SLMC – GC to access patient files from multiple sources for simultaneous reference, regardless of their location in the hospital.
A large part of the Philips Xcelera experience comes from Philips’ attention to the system’s simplified workflow, and its ability to communicate with a number of different imaging systems. With a single patient-centric workspace, doctors are able to pull up multiple views of the patient’s heart in an instant and conduct separate diagnostics on each of them within the same space through a wide range of reporting templates.
This focus on the patient allows doctors to make decisions more quickly, improving clinical workflow and efficiency. Before the Philips Xcelera, medical technicians had to input and store data manually on several record sheets, a process that was prone to delays and human error.
“I’m really thankful for the Philips Xcelera,” says Dr. Gregorio Rogelio, Section Head of Echocardiography at St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City. “Having the system in place definitely made things a lot faster for us. All I have to do is press a button to get the information I need. We can, and we have helped save lives with this.”
With the Philips Xcelera, information is stored on a dedicated server and for easy reference. Images and reports can be accessed through the Internet with a secure connection, allowing cardiologists to access relevant studies from remote locations, if needed.
Because all the information is digitized, paperwork is minimized. Additional files are also easily accessible via a convenient side pane that gives doctors details about patients with the push of a button, with the option to quantify available information should the need arise.
“St. Luke’s Heart Institute has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best in the country, so we’re glad to be able to help enhance that reputation with Philips Xcelera,” Malone Guevarra, Philips General Manager for Healthcare, states. “A streamlined, centralized clinical process that gives doctors all the information they need goes a long way towards improving the kind of healthcare patients get.”
The Philips Xcelera system is currently seeing use in the Heart Institute of St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City.