02/05/2005

Philips Speech Processing

Philips SpeechMagic™ Wins UK E-Health Innovation Award

Philips SpeechMagic™ wins UK E-Health Innovation Award

Vienna, Austria and Grimsby, UK - Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) announced today that its speech recognition technology SpeechMagic™ has won the E-Health Innovation Awards in the United Kingdom in the category "Best use of e-health to improve efficiency".

Philips received the award for a SpeechMagic implementation in the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, where a chronic shortage of radiology secretaries sparked interest in the use of speech recognition. Through the integration of SpeechMagic with the radiology department's Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), the hospital reduced the average time from examination to report authorization from 17.66 days to 4.56 days - an efficiency increase of 74%.

"SpeechMagic streamlined administration, which improved patient care,” said Dr. Richard Harries, Consultant Radiologists at the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital. "With reports finalized quickly after examination, treatment can now start immediately. This reduces hospital stays to the medical necessity, which saves both human and financial resources.”

Linda Davidson, jury member of the E-Health Innovation Awards said: "The judges recognized that Dr Richard Harries was a dedicated enthusiast of speech recognition technology. Unlike many individuals in this position, however, he also managed to persuade others to follow him. Together, he and his colleagues, supported by Philips, are clearly making a very significant difference to the service offered to patients in the trust. The award is very well deserved.”

The E-Health Innovation Awards, "rewards the brightest and best work in UK healthcare information technology” according to John Higgins, Director General of Intellect, are organized by Intellect, the leading UK industry body for information technology, and E-Health Insider, an online news and information service dedicated to UK healthcare information technology.

Philips will showcase SpeechMagic, as well as its comprehensive portfolio of digital dictation devices, on the UK Radiological Congress in Manchester (booth 503) from June 6th through the 8th.

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