Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and VPS Healthcare, one of the Middle East’s largest healthcare groups, today announced the signing of a multi-year partnership agreement to install Philips Tasy EMR in VPS Healthcare hospitals and clinics throughout the United Arab Emirates, Oman and India. Tasy EMR is Philips’ next generation Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and care management solution, which addresses the shortcomings of conventional EMRs.
“With Philips Tasy EMR, we will move from multiple IT platforms to a single integrated solution that allows us to manage all clinical and logistical processes,” said Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare. “We need our data to be available wherever and whenever it’s needed. Tasy EMR’s ability to move patient and administrative data around throughout the entire VPS network is critical to the high quality seamless care that VPS Healthcare wants to deliver in the region.”
“The agreement with VPS Healthcare underlines the fact that we have a very strong portfolio of health informatics solutions to support the needs of clinicians and health systems in improving patient care while also optimizing processes and the use of resources throughout their organizations,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. “I am convinced that Tasy EMR will help VPS Healthcare to improve both the quality of care and the patient and staff experience at lower cost.”
Conventional EMRs typically contain standard medical and clinical data about a patient, and were originally designed to use this information primarily for administrative tasks such as billing. Philips Tasy EMR takes a different approach and is developed to streamline workflows and optimize patient care. It offers a single integrated platform and database to enable centralized management of medical, organizational and administrative processes. These range from patient care to inventory and supply management, revenue cycle management and financial reporting. Other processes covered by Tasy EMR include bed management, and the scheduling of rooms and staff for appointments and medical procedures. By managing both clinical and administrative workflows, Tasy EMR connects the dots between different aspects of patient care. Designed to be highly flexible through traceable user roles and profiles, it keeps pace with a hospital’s workflows, standards and key performance indicators.
VPS Healthcare is one of the largest integrated healthcare groups in the Middle East, with 22 operational hospitals, over 125 health clinics, 13,000 employees, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in Dubai, and medical support services spread across the Middle East, Europe and India.
This new partnership agreement between Philips and VPS Healthcare represents an important step in the Tasy EMR success story beyond Latin America, where Philips already enjoys a leading position in the EMR market with approximately 1,000 installations at healthcare providers in Brazil and Mexico. The use of Tasy EMR has already helped eight Brazilian hospitals receive EMR Adoption Model Stage 6 certification and helped one hospital receive Model Stage 7 (highest level possible) from HIMSS Analytics, meaning they are near-paperless and are driving integration, security and analytics to optimize patient care.
In selected markets Philips Tasy EMR is also available as part of Philips IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, which enables health systems to manage the growth and cost of their clinical enterprise with a managed service model. It offers a full suite of interoperable healthcare informatics applications and services for hospitals and integrated health networks that helps to further improve quality of care, while meeting the evolving challenges of budget constraints.