Public Health

The growing cases of sleep disorders in India

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake” Rabindranath Tagore 

When Nobel winner Shri Rabindranath Tagore wrote these immortal lines, he would not imagined that India would be sleep deprived by the 21st century. According to a study conducted by a consumer products giant in 2015, nearly 93% Indians are sleep-deprived. The changing lifestyle and intrusion of modern gadgets have only aggravated the situation. The interesting part is that most people are not even aware of their condition. That is affecting the health of most citizens in the country.

Healthcare Technology

Philips Healthcare adds new features to Ultasound machines

The use of ultrasound systems for medical imaging is widespread since decades for a variety of medical applications. These imaging solutions are of perennial importance for achieving accurate diagnosis and helping reach the most appropriate treatment regime and hence enhancing the healthcare outcomes.  However, the evolution of medical technology and diagnosis has invited constant pressure on medical diagnostic manufacturing companies to increase the intensity of innovation, regularly introduce advanced features, reduce the overall operational costs and improve clinical workflow. Powered by integration of new applications and rapid advances in microelectronics and sensors, ultrasound imaging systems have evolved from cart-based, single-use systems into high portable, versatile and multi-use diagnostic systems.

Healthcare Technology

Read Dr Vikram’s perspective on #IoT in #Healthcare on the #PhilipsChat

During the #PhilipsChat, on the 10th April 2017, experts were asked about what they thought about the current trends and focus areas that the IT Industry, Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals and Startups will need to keep in view in the near and short-term while making their organisation ready for the Digital Transformation that can be and will be enabled by #IoT in Healthcare.

A great discussion ensued and that has spawned this blog series. Presenting the insights shared by Dr Vikram Venkateswaran (@drvikram) on #IoT in Healthcare #PhilipsChat.

Healthcare Technology

Introducing Azurion: The new-generation image guided therapy platform by Philips Healthcare

Technology has been impacting medical diagnosis over the last few decades. The medical devices industry has been developing computer-assisted interventions and robotic systems which are aimed to improve patient care and enhance overall healthcare outcomes. But at the same time there has been an increasing demand for more safe, efficient and minimally invasive diagnostic procedures. As a result of this break through technology like the Image Guided Therapy (IGT) has been attracting attention, which is being widely adopted to plan, perform and evaluate surgical operations and therapeutic procedures. IGT techniques streamlines workflow, improves efficacy, reduces medical errors, makes surgeries less invasive and ultimately leading to shorter hospital stays.


In 2015, Philips Healthcare gained a leadership position in Image Guided Therapy (IGT) market with its acquisition and integrations of Volcano Corporation into Philips’ image-guided therapy business group. Philips Healthcare has developed the next-generation image guided therapy platform known as Azurion aiming to improve procedural outcomes. With applications ranging from peripheral to structural heart disease, as well as neurology and oncology domains, there is a broad spectrum of new procedures that will be made more efficient by Azurion. The global launch of this innovative platform happened last week. In India, the launch happened today at the ongoing prestigious event India Live 2017 in New Delhi. We are really excited to announce this to our readers in India, and we trust this would really help us increase efficiency in diagnosis while reducing dosage and increasing patient safety.



Philips’s new-generation image guided therapy platform is developed in collaborations with leading global hospitals allowing clinicians to easily perform a wide range of routine and complex procedures, helping them to optimize interventional lab performance and provide superior care. Azurion is built upon Philip’s redesigned operating system ConnectOS, which provided a real-time multi-workspot technology and a user-friendly interface for Physicians, Radiologists and Technicians. The Azurion platform also features over 1,000 new components, including an enhanced flat-panel detector, which provides a functionality to seamlessly integrate advanced interventional tools into the Azurion platform to support the clinical workflow.

Azurion has the following has the following salient features

Provides superior care by:

  • ProcedureCards that include hospital specific documents to streamline and standardize system operation and reduce preparation errors.
  • Table side control of all relevant applications, which can help reduce the need to move in and out of the sterile area during a procedure.
  • Zero Dose Positioning that allows you to navigate to your new region of interest without using fluoroscopy

Enables low radiation exposure:

  • ClarityIQ technology provides high quality images at a low x-ray dose
  • Philips DoseAware provides instant feedback in the exam room enabling staff to reduce radiation exposure if required
  • MRC200+ X-ray tube incorporates SpectraBeam filtration, which helps maintain image quality at low dose.

Optimize lab performance:

  • Boost productivity by working in parallel and combining user-centric Workspots to allow different teams sharing the same lab to all work in their preferred way
  • Simplify and standardize set-up with one click pre-sets in ProcedureCards
  • Save time by viewing and accessing all relevant information from any Workspot, such as FlexVision Pro and FlexSpot

This technology allow identification and visualization of target organs and tissues, the operation of interventional devices, and the placement of implants, leading to improved chances of therapy success.

For more info on Azurion please click here. As always questions, suggestions and comments are welcome

Healthcare Delivery

Decentralizing Healthcare in Digital India

Confronted with a population that’s overwhelming and highly diverse (1.2 billion), India is faced with a constant need to find enterprising and innovative ways to leverage its limited healthcare infrastructure to reach out to more and more people. The lack of infrastructure is a big deterrent in providing care for citizens outside the cities. One wonders, therefore, if decentralization can really help to solve this problem.