Driven by their benefits for patients and care providers, minimally-invasive therapies, such as the catheter-based treatment of certain tumours, aneurysms, obstructed blood vessels, heart rhythm disorders and defective heart valves, continue to grow fast. In addition to reduced patient trauma and shorter recovery times, such procedures also have the benefit of allowing the treatment of patients who would not be able to withstand the trauma of open surgery.
However, during such procedures, clinicians cannot directly see and feel the organs they are working on. Effective imaging, measurement and navigation technologies are therefore key to guiding minimally-invasive procedures. At the heart of the interventional lab, these technologies allow identification and visualization of target organs and tissues, the operation of interventional devices, and the placement of implants, leading to improved chances of therapy success.
“The imaging environment is critical to perform minimally-invasive procedures efficiently and effectively. An interventionist, wants to be in the cockpit, similar to a pilot in an airplane, where they have control of everything they need and have all the relevant functions at their fingertips. As a leader in image-guided therapy, we have been driving continuous innovation to address rising patient volumes and increased procedure complexity,” said Jose Fernandes, General Manager for Health Systems at Philips South Africa. “Hundreds of Philips developers, engineers and designers and dozens of our clinical partners across the world have collaborated to completely redesign the heart of our portfolio. With the launch of our new Azurion platform, we can deliver new turnkey solutions that support our customers in maintaining high standards of quality and patient care at predictable costs.”
We are on an exciting journey to strengthen Mediclinic Panorama’s position as a centre of excellence for cardiac care; we are the first hospital in Africa with this state-of-the-art technology,” said Mr Riaan Vorster, Hospital General Manager, Mediclinic Panorama. “The Azurion platform provides us with advanced technologies and an excellent user experience, combined with services for guaranteed uptime, seamless integration into our hospital workflows, staff training and education, and enhancement of our productivity. This enables our staff to fully focus on what they do best – providing superior care to our patients.”
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