Royal Philips and Oulu University Hospital (Finland) have announced a strategic 10-year partnership to support the latter’s OYS2030 renewal programme.

The programme intends to upgrade Oulu University Hospital’s operations and infrastructure to address the requirements of future specialised treatment for Northern Finland’s 750,000 residents.

Under the partnership, Philips will provide updated image-guided therapy solutions along with maintenance, consulting, and financing services.

The partnership includes an optional 10-year extension, Philips said.

In the first phase, Philips will deliver 11 interventional suites, equipped with Philips’ Azurion with FlexArm, for interventional cardiology and interventional radiology departments.

The interventional suites will support interventions like catheter-based cardiac and vascular procedures and treat cardiac arrhythmias, as well as acute neuro interventions and procedures.

The suites will be equipped with Philips’ interventional applications platform, IntraSight, to support physiology, imaging, and co-registration tools for image-guided procedures.

Philips will also deploy its interventional hemodynamic system coupled with IntelliVue X3 patient monitoring system to measurement of ECG, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and respiration rate before, during, and after image-guided procedures.

Philips Nordics general manager MikkoVasama said: “Through our long-term strategic partnership with Oulu University Hospital, and as an accountable business partner, we can optimally help them realize their vision of the future of healthcare.

“Using our expertise in cardiovascular care, our goal is to help clinicians treat their patients better by innovating existing image-guided therapy procedures and making entirely new ones possible.

“As a result of this agreement, Oulu University Hospital’s physicians will be able to provide their patients with the most advanced innovations for the treatment of cardiac and vascular disease.”

Oulu University Hospital heart centre head Dr Kari Ylitalo said: “It’s our aim to build the smartest hospital in the world, capable of meeting the challenges of future specialized care and ensuring the best possible treatments for the people we serve in Northern Finland.

“We believe this long-term partnership with Philips, which provides us with the latest health technology innovations and services, helps us to meet this commitment.”