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Philips and the Heart Rhythm Society Collaborate to Showcase the Electrophysiology (EP) Lab of Today and the Future
Date:5/4/2011

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At Heart Rhythm 2011, the Heart Rhythm Society's 32nd annual scientific sessions, May 4-7 in San Francisco, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) have teamed up to showcase current solutions and future developments that shape the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

Heart rhythm disorders are caused by disturbed electrical signals that regulate the heart and can lead to serious health risks, including heart failure or stroke. Many rhythm disorders can be treated using minimally invasive electrophysiology (EP) procedures, carried out in an EP lab. These procedures require image guidance and interventional tools that enable physicians to achieve the optimum clinical outcome, while minimizing adverse events.

The industry collaboration between Philips and the Heart Rhythm Society, along with other industry partners, is displayed in the Networked EP Lab. The Lab is an educational pavilion where advanced clinical technologies, new processes and integrated data-sharing solutions are demonstrated to help EP teams optimize patient safety, outcomes and improve procedural management.

"The Networked EP Lab will provide attendees with an opportunity to see what state-of-the-art technology looks like, learn best practices, share ideas and walk away with information to streamline their efforts," said the Heart Rhythm Society's Scientific Sessions Abstract Chair, Hugh Calkins, MD, FHRS. "Having all the components in the Networked EP Lab communicate with each other in combination with the most advanced technology will significantly impact education, teaching and patient care, ultimately improving both patient safety and outcomes of treatment."

In the Networked EP Lab, integration of real-time information from all relevant technologies and patient health records is illustrated. Harnessing vital procedural and imaging information from various sources, such as electrograms, 3D mapping and imaging systems, a connected lab provides EP team members with the information they need to take confident decisions. For efficient workflow, all information is presented on one display that can be controlled from the same keyboard and mouse.

"Philips is honored to provide this learning opportunity together with the Heart Rhythm Society," said Steve Rusckowski, CEO for Philips Healthcare. "This initiative further reinforces Philips' commitment to provide healthcare professionals with meaningful innovations that simplify complex procedures. Together with the Heart Rhythm Society and our industry partners, we aim to supply clinicians with the tools they need to treat patients more efficiently and effectively. The Networked EP Lab is a perfect example of this approach."

As part of Philips' vision for the future of EP, Philips Research is presenting concepts it is exploring for next-generation EP Lab innovations. These include new approaches to real-time feedback during catheter ablation procedures and a new shape sensing technology that can provide images of the 3D shape and position of interventional instruments in real time.

Finally, the Networked EP Lab also features presentations from leading experts in the field of electrophysiology to illustrate the clinical benefits of integrated technologies in EP labs and of sharing patient data through common electronic health care infrastructures.

Please find additional information on new products showcased at Heart Rhythm 2011 by visiting the Networked EP Lab at booth #402, and Philips Healthcare at booth #301. Information can also be accessed online at http://www.philips.com/media.

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of "sense and simplicity". Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs about 117,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.3 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Heart Rhythm Society

The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, DC, it has a membership of more than 5,300 heart rhythm professionals in more than 72 countries around the world. www.HRSonline.org


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