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Ultraportable Ultrasounds Plug into a Smartphone

The connected Lumify with two advanced ultrasound transducers
The connected Lumify with two advanced ultrasound transducers (Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare)
Advanced hand-held ultrasound (US) transducers and an app-based online portal and subscription platform provide a comprehensive, connected digital imaging solution.

The Philips Lumify is a complete portable ultrasound system intended for a range of specialties and settings, including acute and emergency care as well as standard office practice. The system is supplied with two US transducers and a scanning app that controls several types of US scans, including those of the gall bladder, abdomen and lungs, as well as OB-GYN, vascular, superficial, musculoskeletal and soft tissue structures. The app is also linked to an online portal access.

Lumify will be supplied under a USD 199 monthly subscription plan that includes not only the devices and app, but also an entire healthcare ecosystem dedicated to care delivery. The system easily connects to any patient picture archiving and communication system (PACS), to share images, video, and notes with colleagues via email or a shared network. Real-time automatic app updates include rollout of new features as soon as they are developed.

At the moment, Lumify only works with Android smart devices. Once the Lumify App is downloaded from Google Play, users simply connect a transducer to a smart device via microUSB and launch the app to start ultrasound scanning. The app connects to the cloud, where data and images are also accessible via the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform. The app-based platform also allows for broader use of the device, such as browsing the internet. The Philips Lumify is a product of Royal Philips (Philips; Amsterdam, The Netherlands;).

“In an increasingly connected world where the power of technology is at our fingertips, it’s no longer enough to create an ultrasound product or service. At Philips, we create solutions holistically with the patient at the center,” said Randy Hamlin, VP and business segment leader of Ultra Mobile at Philips. “Lumify leverages advanced digital health technology to provide critical information to the right people at the right time, transforming how we approach care delivery and connecting the various touch points along the health continuum.”

“Lumify has the potential to provide on-demand, point-of-care diagnostics in a more connected environment,” said Bret Nelson, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, NY, USA). “Leveraging a familiar device with portable diagnostic testing makes learning ultrasound easier for new users and more convenient for experienced imagers. I think that convenience and availability will increase the utility of this technology, improving patient care and efficiency.”