Philips and Hitachi Data Systems to deliver next-generation data management solution for healthcare organization-wide access to billions of medical images

February 18, 2016

  • New Vendor Neutral Archiving  solution delivers medical images from all disciplines to clinicians across multiple departments and locations within the health system in less than 3 second
  • Powered by Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform, solution combines standards-based interoperability, scalability and high-speed performance to help reduce costs and avoid repeat exams

Amsterdam, The NetherlandsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced a collaboration with Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd (TSE: 6501), to deliver a highly scalable, high-performance Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) solution. A VNA is a universal data management solution in which medical images, documents and potentially other clinically relevant data are archived in a standard format, allowing them to be rapidly accessed in a vendor neutral manner by other informatics systems. The collaboration combines Philips' expertise in enterprise medical image management solutions with Hitachi’s digital health data management capabilities. Philips plans to launch the solution in the second half of 2016, further complementing the company’s portfolio of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and image analysis solutions.

This advanced VNA addresses the biggest challenges healthcare organizations face in making their many millions of images, often stored in multivendor systems and infrastructures from various departments, rapidly available to virtually any clinician at any location within the health system. In less than 3 seconds, clinicians can access relevant multi-discipline medical imaging information in order to obtain a more complete and integrated view of an individual patient's medical condition over time, with the aim of improving patient outcomes.

“Conventional VNA solutions have struggled to satisfy the performance and scalability requirements of large healthcare enterprises. Together with Hitachi, we have been working on the development of a robust and secure solution that will integrate the entire medical imaging portfolio in one universal data management platform that is highly scalable, standards based and delivers the performance our customers need,” said Yair Briman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare IT, Philips. “We know from conversations with our customers that such a solution is needed to support healthcare enterprises in their efforts to deliver better patient care at lower cost.”

With rapid advancements in medical imaging, and its increased use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, healthcare organizations face challenges with storing and retrieving imaging data in ever-increasing volumes, varieties, and file sizes. Many of Philips’ premier health system customers are generating over 2 million medical images per week. These images range from X-ray, CT and MR-scans made by their radiology, cardiology and oncology departments to the digital photos taken by dermatology and plastic surgery as part of a consultation. A single radiology or cardiology scan, for example, can easily generate several hundred megabytes of data. An even greater data explosion is on the horizon as digital pathology and genomics data storage become more widely adopted. However, today's images are often still held in decentralized systems unable to connect - for example, separate radiology, cardiology and dermatology databases. 

There is a growing need for an enterprise-wide solution that offers high-speed universal access to imaging data for the different clinical settings that can help contain costs, avoid repeat exams, and improve patient outcomes. For Chief Information Officers (CIOs) at healthcare enterprises looking to implement more effective data management strategies with centralized access using VNAs, high-speed on-demand delivery of large medical images to the clinicians who need them remains a challenge.

The Philips data management solution will leverage Philips’ proven ability to manage more than 135 billion medical images and is enabled by its HealthSuite digital-platform, an open hybrid on-premise and cloud-based platform that allows the creation of the next generation of connected health and clinical IT innovations. It will deliver high-speed performance for the universal hospital-wide management of medical images, while also adhering to the standards-based interoperability needed by institutions to leverage existing investments. Combined with Hitachi Data Systems’ experience in information protection, consolidation, archiving and searching, the result is a highly scalable and flexible solution that can cope with vastly growing amounts of data without compromising performance or speed of response. It is designed to be future-proof with the aim to integrate and store data coming from other sources such as EMRs, patient monitoring systems, and emerging technologies such as digital pathology and genomics.

“The ability to provide anytime, anywhere access to medical imaging and digital health records across the enterprise is an enormous opportunity for healthcare providers in their unending quest for better outcomes and higher quality of care,” said William A. Burns, Vice President, Global Health and Life Sciences, Hitachi Data Systems. “Together with Philips, we are committed to addressing the need for integrated and homogeneous universal clinical data management and orchestration to give clinicians the access and data insights to achieve this goal.”

Philips will showcase its new data management solution at booth #3416 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, taking place Feb. 29 - March 4, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV. For updates, follow @PhilipsLiveFrom or visit for more information on Philips’ presence at #HIMSS16. 

For further information, please contact:

Kathy O’Reilly
Philips Group Communications
Tel.: +1 978-659-2638
Twitter: @kathyoreilly

Joost Maltha
Philips Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services
Tel.: +31 610-55-8116
Twitter: @JoostMaltha


About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2015 sales of EUR 24.2 billion and employs approximately 104,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Their products, services and solutions are trusted by the world’s leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit them at


About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at