Dutch health technology company Philips has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop generative AI applications to improve clinical workflows and diagnostic capabilities.

As part of the partnership, the health technology company will move its Philips HealthSuite Imaging archiving and communications system to the cloud.

It will apply Foundation Models based on Amazon Bedrock to develop the AI applications, which will support clinical decision and diagnosis and automate administrative tasks.

Philips HealthSuite Imaging on AWS, a new addition to the company’s capabilities in enterprise informatics, will help radiologists and clinicians across the entire imaging workflow.

The cloud-based applications allow clinicians to access them from any location and help healthcare organisations reduce costs on hardware and hosting image management platforms.

Philips chief innovation and strategy officer and enterprise informatics business leader Shez Partovi said: “With healthcare systems under increasing pressure, the focus of clinicians’ has shifted from technical specifications towards more efficient workflows that lead to accurate diagnoses – and that’s what we are delivering here.

“By shifting from on-premises to the cloud, we can leverage the security, reliability, and unmatched breadth and depth of AWS to support healthcare organisations in their mission to deliver high-quality care while easing the burden on their staff.”

Philips HealthSuite Imaging will leverage Amazon HealthLake Imaging to enhance scale, deliver fast time to the first image, enable easy re-use of images and reduce medical imaging costs.

The company will also use Amazon Bedrock to develop generative AI applications to advance PACS image processing capabilities and simplify clinical workflows and voice recognition.

With Amazon Bedrock, Philips will rapidly develop machine learning-based applications and reduce model development costs compared to building Foundational Models (FMs).

Furthermore, the partnership will provide migration and planning services, total cost-of-ownership analysis, and cybersecurity technical expertise to help customers migrate from on-premises to cloud-based solutions.

AWS database, analytics, and machine learning vice president Swami Sivasubramanian said: “Healthcare organisations are looking for ways to decrease operational costs, improve health data interoperability, and enable data-driven decision-making for clinicians to improve access to quality patient-centred care.

“Through democratising access to generative AI and applying FMs to help support clinical decision-making, increase diagnostic accuracy, and automate administrative tasks, AWS will continue to support Philips as they uncover new ways to simplify radiologists’ workflow and reduce the cognitive burden and clinician burnout.”