Philips Launches its First Clinical Product for Aiding Cognitive Assessment in the U.S.

PhilipsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, announced the U.S. debut of its new cognitive assessment platform IntelliSpace Cognition. Leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and Philips' cloud-based HealthSuite Digital Platform, IntelliSpace Cognition provides healthcare professionals with a powerful aid for assessing cognitive impairment.

IntelliSpace Cognition automates and enhances well-established neuropsychological tests, offering new insights for clinicians treating patients with debilitating neurological conditions. It provides direct access to detailed information about a patient’s cognition while also providing quantitative longitudinal data to aid in assessing disease progression and treatment efficacy.

"There is a real need for quantitative measures to assess the cognitive impairment of people with neurological disease," said Dr. Joseph Fritz, CEO of DENT Neurologic Institute, the first neurology practice to use IntelliSpace Cognition. "Computerized tools and intelligent algorithms offer new opportunities in this area to improve care. The depth of information now available and the efficiency with which we can perform assessments can be very helpful for providing feedback to patients and families sooner and developing treatment plans more quickly."

"While dealing with the rising tide of neurological disease remains a great challenge, our solution will facilitate robust and reliable cognitive assessment with greater efficiency and scale than traditional methods," said Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Philips. "Combining this with imaging-based diagnostics we aim to offer care providers more meaningful insights into the health of their patients and potentially open up new possibilities for treatment in the future."

A crucial care pathway for neurologists is to refer patients to neuropsychologists whose expertise in assessing cognitive issues provides important information for treatment. While treatment may be limited for some neurodegenerative diseases, it is vital to act as early as possible to establish an appropriate care plan or treatment protocol.

The number of neuropsychologists able to perform an assessment is limited and coupled with a rise in the number of patients suffering from neurological conditions, there is a need for new innovative solutions. A rapid and reliable method for neurologists to better assess cognition and select those that would benefit from seeing a neuropsychologist would alleviate pressure on this part of the healthcare system. Results from a study conducted by Philips support interest in new solutions to address these issues. Ninety-two percent of neurologists indicated that the IntelliSpace Cognition concept would be appealing to use within their practice [1].

Philips has invested in collecting insights from both neurologists and neuropsychologists in order to design IntelliSpace Cognition in an iterative manner and ensure it fits into the majority of existing workflows. IntelliSpace Cognition was developed under a quality management system for medical devices and has undergone rigorous usability testing and a monitored clinical trial has been performed to validate the digital cognitive tests and collect normative data from healthy individuals that reflect the U.S. population. The Philips study found that 80% of neurologists said they would feel confident using IntelliSpace Cognition because Philips has collected normative data to provide peer comparisons to a healthy group.

In the typical workflow, illustrated in this video, a patient performs various tests on a tablet under minimal supervision of an assistant with audio prompts to guide in tasks such as drawing a clock, joining numbered dots or remembering a sequence of numbers. The results of the tests are then communicated to IntelliSpace Cognition's cloud-based computing platform, where advanced validated algorithms perform analytics to present the clinician with the results. IntelliSpace Cognition is just one part of an expanding neurology IT portfolio of Philips which includes, neuroimaging, high density EEG and now digital cognitive assessment.

IntelliSpace Cognition will initially be commercially available only in the U.S.

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 80,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.

1. Based on a 2019 Philips study of 100 neurologists in the U.S.

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