07/26/2007

PHILIPS Speech Recognition Systems

Philips and GST to implement speech recognition system

Physicians at 22 hospitals to be provided with Philips SpeechMagic in Italy’s largest step to optimize healthcare documentation

Vienna, Austria – Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) has announced that its speech recognition-based document creation platform powered by SpeechMagic is being implemented in the 22 hospitals of Italy’s healthcare service for the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Radiologists and pathologists will be able to produce medical reports instantly from every workstation attached to the regional system. Significantly adding to its deep experience in implementing large-scale healthcare speech recognition systems with this project, Philips and its Italian integration partner Gruppo Soluzioni Tecnologiche (GST) have cemented SpeechMagic’s dominant market position in Europe.

The hospitals will be equipped with frontend speech recognition, which gives physicians total control over the production of medical reports. So-called “roaming profiles” facilitate the flexible deployment throughout the region by providing physicians with access to individual user and voice settings on every workstation, in every hospital. The backup and recovery system will be centralized in the region’s capital Trieste for optimal data protection and reduced administration efforts.

“Allowing physicians to generate medical reports themselves will speed up the availability of accurate medical data,” said Robert Thornton, commercial director of Philips Speech Recognition Systems. “Studies have shown that frontend speech recognition can improve report availability by up to 90 percent, reducing waiting times for physicians and patients alike.”

The project is headed by Insiel S.p.A, a supplier of infrastructure and services. The GST company RECO Sistemi will provide the SpeechMagic-based dictation solution and work closely with a group of experts to develop a customized user interface. Philips and GST are also developing a new Italian speech recognition vocabulary (ConText) with specialized terminology for pathologists.

“This project is clear evidence of the Friuli Venezia Giulia healthcare sector’s commitment to increase the efficiency and accuracy of medical documentation for better quality of care. It comes as no surprise that the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, which has one of the highest densities of researchers in Europe, is the first in Italy to embark on such an innovative, future-oriented project”, said Marco Biraghi, CEO of Reco Sistemi and general manager of GST.

Philips’ document creation platform SpeechMagic is installed at more than 8,000 professional sites in 45 nations. The company owns a wealth of experience in realizing large-scale healthcare speech recognition projects in many European countries as well as in the United States, where more than 50,000 physicians are attached to the world’s largest healthcare speech recognition site.

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For further information please contact:
Philips Speech Recognition Systems
Ulrike Oswald
Tel: +34 690 035 298
ulrike.oswald@philips.com

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 125,800 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of USD 34 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2006, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.