Philips has announced the results of an independent two-year study on clinicians’ use of Azurion, the company’s image-guided therapy platform, at St. Antonius Hospital. The study finds that use of Azurion by clinicians in the hospital resulted in significant time savings and higher employee satisfaction.
The study investigated nearly 800 patient procedures to evaluate the impact of Azurion at St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. The data demonstrated clinicians’ use of Azurion resulted in significant time savings for the hospital, including a 17% reduction of the average interventional procedure time, a 12% reduction of in-lab patient preparation time, and a 28% reduction of post-procedure lab time.
“As the use of image-guided therapies continue to rise, new systems need to be easy and intuitive to use so clinicians can quickly and efficiently move through procedures,” said Marco van Strijen, interventional radiologist at St. Antonius Hospital. “With the Azurion system, we were able to change our workflow in such a way that we now can do more patients in a single day, resulting in more patients a week, resulting in more patients per year, with no compromise to patient safety or quality of care.”
Overall, the improvements achieved with the new technology will give St. Antonius Hospital the ability to treat one more patient per day–on an average of six to eight patients per day, to help hundreds more patients each year. The reduced preparation, procedure and lab time resulted in fewer planned cases finishing after normal working hours and higher employee satisfaction. St. Antonius Hospital, treating more than 93,000 patients annually, was among the first hospitals to install Azurion and participated in this comprehensive study to evaluate the impact of the new platform and its clinical workflow on their department.
Azurion is Philips’ next generation image-guided therapy platform and the new core of its integrated image-guided therapy solutions portfolio. It helps physicians perform interventional procedures through an intuitive interface and clinical image capture, decreasing procedure times and allowing for more accurate scheduling of patients. Additionally, the platform makes it easier for staff to anticipate and see the information they need, when they need it, helping procedures flow more efficiently and easily.
Since its global introduction in February 2017, over 20,000 patients have been treated in 24 countries across the world. St. Antonius Hospital is the first of a series of hospital studies. In 2018 more hospitals worldwide will share results demonstrating the platform’s impact on clinical workflow and patient care.