Seems to me that Philips is making a strategic move in establishing themselves as a major Cardiology Informatics solution vendor.
Philips completed its acquisition of Witt Biomedical, the largest independent supplier of hemodynamic monitoring and clinical reporting systems used in cardiology catheterization laboratories (Cath Labs) back on the 8th Mar 2006 for for USD 165 million.
Today, it announced that it will TOMCAT Systems, a developer of cardio-vascular information systems (CVIS) that collect and aggregate data relative to the cardiac care of patients to give a patient-centric presentation of data to care givers such as doctors and nurses.
TOMCAT will become part of the Healthcare Informatics business group within Philips. While Wittt only have hemodynamic and Cath modules, TOMCAT’s software connects with different clinical information systems, like cath lab workflow management systems and PACS. It can connect to Philips’ Xcelera and Philips Xper Information Management or with systems from other vendors.
In addition, the solution also provides scheduling, staff and resource management, cost capturing, and the generation of reports and statistical information – one can say that they cover the entire spectrum of the cardiology information lifecycle.
Makes me wonder what Microsoft have in store for Cardiology Informatics, it is afterall, the next big thing 🙂