Philips Healthcare To Join MEDEC, The National Medical Device Association



    MEDEC To Launch New Imaging Sector With Industry Leader

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - In a move demonstrating industry stewardship,
Philips Healthcare, a Canadian leader in medical imaging and patient
monitoring systems, has joined MEDEC, the national industry association
representing Canada's medical device technology companies.
    This move also marks the imminent launch of the MEDEC Imaging Sector,
which will address issues that affect patient access to imaging technologies,
such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and computed tomography.
    "The imaging sector is extremely important to the treatment, prevention
and maintenance of the health of Canadians," said MEDEC President Stephen
Dibert. "MEDEC is proud to have Philips Healthcare, an industry leader in the
imaging sector, join our membership and start working with us on our mandate
to advance health outcomes for Canadians by accelerating access to medical
technologies."
    Through effective advocacy, targeted education and relevant and timely
information, MEDEC works with governments and other stakeholders to improve
the health of Canadians, and has done so through the work of its other
sector-based committees in the areas of cardiac care, diabetes, vision care,
orthopaedics and in-vitro diagnostics. The new Imaging Sector, triggered by
Philips Healthcare's membership with the association, will increase the scope
and impact of MEDEC's advocacy for patient access to medical technologies.
    "As an organization focused on relationships, Philips Healthcare views
membership with MEDEC as a natural way to expand our interaction with clients
beyond the traditional bounds of vendor and customer," said John Cieslowski,
Vice President of Philips Healthcare. "Working with an organization that
advocates for access to the technologies that our customers need to supply the
best patient care is an important way that Philips Healthcare can provide
solutions that make sense in the Canadian healthcare environment."

    About Philips Healthcare

    Philips Healthcare offers a robust portfolio of medical systems including
best-in-class technologies in X-ray, cardiovascular, ultrasound, magnetic
resonance, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, PET, radiation oncology
systems, patient monitoring products and healthcare informatics. The goal of
each product is clear - faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Philips Healthcare has been inventing and marketing innovative technologies
for over a hundred years, and has been selling and servicing medical
technologies in Canada since 1934. They are committed to providing innovative
technology and solutions that enable healthcare providers to achieve the
highest level of clinical excellence. As a global leader in the growing
medical device and diagnostic industry, Philips Healthcare is well-positioned
to deliver solutions with unique clinical benefits that meet healthcare's
challenges today and in the future. The Canadian headquarters is located in
Markham, Ontario and employs more than 365 Canadians.

    About MEDEC

    MEDEC is the national association created by and for the Canadian medical
device industry. MEDEC is the primary source for advocacy, information and
education on the medical device industry for members, the greater healthcare
community, industry partners and the general public. The medical device
industry in Canada employs over 35,000 Canadians in close to 1,500 corporate
facilities, and contributes nearly $6 billion in national sales per annum.
MEDEC's focus is on ensuring access to proven, safe technology and new,
innovative medical technology developed by member companies.





For further information:

For further information: Sara Rafuse, Vice President, MEDEC, (416)
620-1915 ext. 228, srafuse@medec.org, www.medec.org; Giuliano Golin, Director,
Marketing & Specialty Sales, Philips Healthcare, (905) 201-4903,
Giuliano.Golin@philips.com, www.philips.com/healthcare

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