Philips partners with AWS to put PACS in the cloud and enhance AI tools

Global health technology leader Royal Philips has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer Philips HealthSuite Imaging on AWS. This new addition to Philips’ enterprise informatics capabilities will provide radiologists and clinicians with improved access speeds, reliability, and data orchestration across the entire imaging workflow, from diagnosis to therapy selection, treatment, and follow-up.

According to Shez Partovi, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer and Business Leader Enterprise Informatics at Philips, this shift to cloud-based solutions will enable healthcare organizations to reduce costs previously invested in on-premises hardware or data centres to host their image management platform. Partovi also highlights the potential for Philips HealthSuite Imaging to help clinicians manage growing workloads amidst staff shortages and speed time to diagnosis and treatment, ultimately enhancing patient outcomes.

Through democratizing access to generative AI and applying FMs to help support clinical decision-making, increase diagnostic accuracy, and automate administrative tasks, AWS will continue to support Philips as they uncover new ways to simplify radiologists’ workflow and reduce cognitive burden and clinician burnout.
– Swami Sivasubramanian vice president of database, analytics, and machine learning at AWS

One of the key advantages of the partnership between Philips and AWS is the development of generative AI applications using Foundation Models (FMs) and Amazon Bedrock, which will support clinical decision-making, increase diagnostic accuracy, and automate administrative tasks. Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Database, Analytics, and Machine Learning at AWS, notes that these technologies will help healthcare organizations to decrease operational costs, improve health data interoperability, and enable data-driven decision-making for clinicians, ultimately improving access to quality patient-centred care.

Philips’ use of Amazon HealthLake Imaging and Amazon Bedrock will also enable the company to increase scale, deliver fast time to first image, enable easy re-use of images for machine learning and research, and reduce medical imaging costs. With AWS providing migration expertise and planning services, total-cost-of-ownership analysis, and cybersecurity technical expertise, the partnership will enable an easy migration from on-premises to cloud-based solutions for customers.

The partnership between Philips and AWS will provide significant benefits for healthcare organizations seeking to improve their clinical workflows and reduce operational costs. As Partovi notes, “by shifting from on-premises to the cloud, we can leverage the security, reliability, and unmatched breadth and depth of AWS to support healthcare organizations in their mission to deliver high quality care while easing the burden on their staff”.