Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Madrid, Spain – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and Vithas Group, Spain's second largest private healthcare group, today signed a 5-year innovation and collaboration agreement in the areas of precision diagnosis and image-guided intervention. The agreement will allow Vithas Group hospitals and medical centers to benefit from the latest innovations in diagnostic imaging technology, healthcare informatics, and equipment for minimally-invasive interventional procedures. Vithas Group hospitals and clinics offer healthcare and advanced medical care in thirteen provinces in seven autonomous regions of Spain.
Under the terms of the agreement, Philips will deliver a technology management model that ensures Vithas Group's current and future health technology needs in the relevant areas are met, together with the associated maintenance, updating, and equipment and system renewal needs. This management model will enable Vithas Group to achieve better results, provide optimal care at lower cost, and deliver a better experience for its patients and healthcare professionals.
In addition, Vithas will become a 'reference technology partner' for Philips in Spain, which means that its hospitals and medical centers will be able to implement new advances and innovations developed by Philips, before standard commercialization of these solutions in Spain.
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"This new alliance with Philips integrates cutting-edge technology, healthcare excellence, innovation, and research, which are the fundamental pillars on which we support our commitment to always seek the best experience for our patients," said Dr. Pedro Rico, CEO of Vithas Group. "Furthermore, our professionals will have the most advanced technological solutions at all times, which will reinforce the quality of care and facilitate their research work."
"We are very excited about the trust placed in Philips and convinced that, through this collaboration agreement, Vithas will have all the technology and innovation necessary to continue achieving the best health results and the best experience for its patients and its healthcare professionals," said Juan Sanabria, President of Philips Ibérica. "We are proud to become the technological partner and strategic ally of a group as important as Vithas."
The most advanced diagnostic imaging technology
The agreement includes the replacement of Vithas Group's existing MR imaging equipment with Philips' latest innovative MR systems, which stand out for their image quality and patient comfort, and because they do not consume helium, also stand out for their sustainability. Philips will also install hybrid operating room solutions, including its latest ceiling mounted live-image guidance system for minimally-invasive interventional therapy, allowing Vithas hospitals to perform many types of procedure with maximum precision and safety. Four new hybrid operating rooms will be installed across four of the group's hospitals.