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Philips launches new electrophysiology intervention system

Philips Medical Systems : 10 May, 2007  (New Product)
The Philips EP cockpit has been launched to support clinicians and staff in the treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders, including complex ablation therapies.
The new concept in electrophysiology (EP) labs combines Philips proven Allura Xper interventional lab with a number of innovative instruments to help make EP labs more convenient and efficient by creating a more intuitive EP lab working environment and integrating data management across the EP care cycle.

Electrophysiology is one of the fastest growing market segments in cardiology.
However, many EP departments are having difficulty dealing with the increasing demand for these procedures and the need to perform more complex patient treatments.

EP procedures are highly specialised and require dedicated equipment and facilities, yet they are often performed in catheterisation (cath) labs that are not specifically designed for this purpose. EP labs are frequently cluttered, temporary and inefficient.

Working with many different systems in different places, EP professionals are struggling to find an efficient process.

These issues make it a challenge to provide the best possible care to patients.
With this in mind, Philips set about developing an integrated solution which would provide EP specialists with a comfortable and efficient working environment to raise the level of heart rhythm care - EP cockpit.

This new solution provides a customisable lab setup including video switching, single keyboard and mouse control concept, and moveable ceiling suspended equipment rack holding EP lab equipment.

Additionally, EP cockpit is equipped with an embedded data management solution that can archive and retrieve patient data from various sources enabling physician access via a single workspace.

EP cockpit can also be equipped with EP navigator, Philips' innovative imaging tool that will support clinicians in the treatment of complex cardiac rhythm disorders.

'By talking to our customers and observing them at work in the EP lab we realised that in many labs the working environment was far from optimal,' said Jan Vermeulen, global marketing manager, electrophysiology, for Philips Medical Systems.

'The variety of technologies used in the EP lab can create a clutter of cables, keyboards and video screens that may take away attention from the procedure itself and from the patient.

'Besides cleaning up the lab, EP cockpit also helps to manage data from the different sources in a more uniform way, thereby allowing electrophysiology professionals to work more efficiently and perform procedures with more confidence'.

EP cockpit is available as an option with Philips Allura Xper family of cath lab solutions.
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