Royal Philips and Northwell Health, a healthcare provider based in New York, have entered into a seven-year agreement to help the health system standardize patient monitoring, enhance patient care, and improve patient outcomes while driving interoperability and data innovation.

This is aimed at not only allowing Northwell Health to lay the foundation for a future-proof, enterprise-wide platform, but the system will also allow them to support new technologies as they evolve and give them the flexibility to scale their patient monitoring systems quickly and efficiently, according to the organization.

Northwell Health has 83,000 employees, 21 hospitals, including their flagship facilities North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 850 outpatient facilities, and a residency with over 1,900 residents and fellows. The patient monitoring standardization is aimed at helping them address a service area of twelve million people, treating over two million patients a year, delivering over 30,000 babies, and treating more New Yorkers for cancer than any other care provider, the organization says.

“With the new system, we wanted something that could leverage our existing IT infrastructure and allow Northwell to offer cybersecurity, while also building in redundancy with local availability,” says Phyllis McCready, VP and chief procurement officer for Northwell Health. “The new Philips system gives us an enterprise-wide platform that centralizes our patient monitoring and allows us to see what is happening at each bedside. The innovative approach is extensible and allows us to give the communities we serve the very latest technology, while helping us to deliver a better patient and staff experience and better outcomes.”

With the Philips patient monitoring platform, Northwell Health will have a vendor-agnostic system that will leverage the health system’s existing network infrastructure, along with Philips Software Evolution Services, to standardize care and improve patient monitoring.

“As forward-thinking health systems like Northwell Health take an enterprise-wide approach to healthcare IT, we can help take the guesswork out of the technology and help them to standardize their systems, with an open, interoperable architecture that can break down barriers to integration and simplify workflow for care providers,” says Jeff DiLullo, chief market leader of Philips North America. “Their new patient monitoring system can help minimize manual tasks, give staff a centralized view of patients, and harness the power of massive amounts of data by using AI to provide actionable clinical insights – all of which are helping them to deliver a better patient and staff experience, lower costs and contribute toward the goal of improving outcomes.”

Featured image: Philips InvelliVue MX750 patient monitor in use in the Intensive Care Unit. Photo: Philips