Tampa General Hospital is partnering with Philips on new technology

Tampa General Hospital is partnering with Philips, the global electronics company, to update its fleet of medical equipment, from imaging to vital sign monitors, in a new partnership.

The seven-year agreement will provide “millions of dollars worth” of new health care technology for the hospital, according to a press release. Tampa General, the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, plans to replace all of the bedside vital monitors with new equipment from Philips. The hospital has more than 1,000 patient beds on its Davis Islands campus.

Equipment in the catheterization and radiology departments will also get upgrades, the release said.

“This partnership allows us to stay on the leading edge of technology for many years to come, in a cost-effective way,” the Tampa General President and CEO John Couris said in a statement. “Tampa General’s vision is to become the safest and most innovative academic health system in America, and long-term commitments like this one will help us achieve that vision.”

Philips has expanded into health care and lifestyle devices in recent years. AdventHealth partnered with the company to put health care products into homes — from smart mirrors, to coffee makers, to blood pressure cuffs — in a partnership with the Epperson neighborhood in Wesley Chapel last year.

Along with replacing medical equipment inside Tampa General, Philips will provide clinicians with new software aimed at streamlining how doctors and staff access and log patient information. Philips will also continue to consult with Tampa General staff on their needs. The company has already spent more than 1,000 hours planning the technology upgrade, according to the release.

“For us, the partnership is more than transactional,” said Vitor Rocha, the chief market leader of Philips North America, in a statement. “It means taking the time to truly understand their patients’ needs and suggest solutions that can address their workflow and service line needs today, while planning for tomorrow.”

Last year, Tampa General partnered with GE Healthcare to open a new 8,000-square-foot “command center” inside the hospital, which uses artificial intelligence to predict and improve patient care.

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