Royal Philips has introduced a new cardiac care platform, Cardiac Workstation, to advance clinical decision-making and care for cardiology patients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The new platform is designed to use advanced algorithms to access, analyse, and manage electrocardiograph (ECG) data either remotely or at the point of care.

The technology builds on cardiographs of the past to help improve diagnostic cardiology.

It streamlines data collection and reduces workload, allowing care teams to spend more time on direct patient care, said the Dutch health technology company.

Philips ambulatory monitoring and diagnostics business leader Stefano Folli said: “A common theme I hear from care providers and hospital administrators is that they seek ways to alleviate their care teams’ workload without sacrificing the quality of patient care.

“To achieve that, they need access to the right information at the right time, wherever their point of decision may be. That’s the beauty of Philips Cardiac Workstation.

“It helps streamline workflow using advanced algorithms to access and analyze ECG from anywhere, paving the way to more efficient and effective patient care by enabling clinicians to quickly identify and prioritize the most at-risk patients.”

According to Philips, heart disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide.

It is associated with challenges such as growing costs of managing cardiac conditions, staff shortages, retention challenges, and expanded training requirements remain imminent.

Philips said that its new Cardiac Workstation will address these challenges by enhancing workflow, providing clinical decision support, and enabling enterprise interoperability.

Cardiac Workstation enables gesture-driven interactions such as zoom, scroll, and swipe functions to help care providers review and interpret ECGs as if they were using a smartphone.

Its simple interface with a three-step workflow helps clinicians minimise data entry errors and quickly capture, analyse, and export accurate ECGs.

The system enables clinicians to access and view accurate demographic information and deep clinical data of the patient and make confident and timely care decisions.

When used together with Philips’ IntelliSpace ECG management system, Cardiac Workstation allows clinicians to view side-by-side comparisons of current and previous ECGs.

The system can interoperate with multiple enterprise systems beyond IntelliSpace ECG.

It can be easily integrated with the existing electronic medical record (EMR) and enables the ECG data to be easily accessed and shared throughout the enterprise, said Philips.