Philips and Elsevier Integrate Speech Recognition and Radiology Diagnostic Reference System to Provide Radiologists With Better Decision Support

    First-of-its Kind Solution can Improve Quality of Diagnoses

    VIENNA, Austria and PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - Royal Philips
Electronics (NYSE:   PHG, AEX: PHI) and Elsevier announced today that Philips
speech recognition platform SpeechMagic(TM) will be integrated to provide
interoperability with Elsevier's new RadConsult radiology diagnostic reference
system. This will allow customers and the partners of both parties to use
industrial grade speech recognition with access to world-class radiological
information to assist them in increasing productivity and reducing medical
errors during review and diagnosis of patient cases.
    "Clinical knowledge is estimated to double every eighteen months," said
Marcel Wassink, CEO of Philips Speech Recognition Systems. "Interoperability
between the RadConsult radiology reference system and SpeechMagic will provide
radiologists with solid decision support based on the latest information from
the field. SpeechMagic now not only speeds up the availability of medical
reports but also helps ensure more accurate and evidence-based delivery of
    RadConsult improves the diagnostic efficiency of the radiologist.
Radiology images and differential diagnosis content are delivered through an
easy-to-use website and organized around the radiologist's workflow. This
first-of-its-kind integration of the RadConsult service with SpeechMagic can
enhance the benefits of Radiology Information Systems (RIS) by giving
radiologists access to information at the reading room workstation.
    "We are excited about this partnership with Philips Speech Recognition
Systems and how it will support our goal of improving the efficiency of the
radiology practice. We are integrating more of our world-class, radiological
reference information where health practitioners need it to support their
diagnostic decisions," says Brian Nairn, chief executive officer, Elsevier,
Health Sciences Division.
    Philips' industrial grade speech recognition platform SpeechMagic is
installed at more than 8,000 professional sites in 45 nations. More
information about both technologies can be found at Elsevier's booth 1105 at
the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual conference in Chicago,
Illinois USA, November 25-29, 2007.

    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 128,100
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

    About Elsevier

    Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and
medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the
global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70
offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per
year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such
as ScienceDirect (, MD Consult
(, Scopus (,
bibliographic databases and online reference works.
    Elsevier ( is a global business headquartered in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed
Elsevier Group plc (, a world-leading publisher
and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal,
education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides
high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing
emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker
symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL
(New York Stock Exchange).

For further information:

For further information: Philips Speech Recognition Systems, Anne
Durand-Badel, USA: +1-888-SPEAK-50, Other: +43-1-60101-1048,; Elsevier, Mike Smith, Elsevier, (314) 453-7050,

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