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Philips, Masimo sign partnership agreement in patient monitoring and select therapy solutions

Royal Philips and Masimo announced a wide-ranging, multi-year business partnership involving both companies’ innovations in patient monitoring and therapy solutions.

The partnership includes joint marketing and sales programs in North America and certain markets in Asia and Europe for Masimo’s non-invasive sensor technologies, such as its rainbow® and SET® platforms, in conjunction with Philips’ patient monitoring and select therapy solutions.

 In addition, Philips will in the future integrate Masimo SedLine® brain function monitoring, O3™ regional oximetry, and Nomoline™ capnography technologies in certain Philips IntelliVue® monitors.

Philips is a global leader in patient monitoring solutions with a comprehensive product portfolio ranging from multi-parameter bedside monitors to wearable patient monitors combined with mobile applications and clinical decision support tools.

With a primary focus on prediction and prevention of patient deterioration, these integrated solutions aim to support clinical workflow and caregiver efficiencies, and enhance patient care. In 2015, an estimated 275 million patients were monitored using Philips’ patient monitoring solutions.

Sensor and signal processing technologies are an essential component of patient monitoring solutions, and Masimo is a prolific innovator in this field. Examples of Masimo’s non-invasive sensor and signal processing technology innovations include Masimo SET® pulse oximetry, Masimo rainbow® Pulse CO-Oximetry and Masimo total hemoglobin (SpHb®) monitoring technology.

“This business partnership agreement marks an important day for us and our customers as two leaders in patient monitoring collaborate to develop solutions designed to enhance clinical outcomes and patient safety,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips.

 “I am very satisfied that we have reached an agreement that is beneficial for both companies and that we have ended our legal disputes. Going forward, Philips and Masimo will completely focus on jointly delivering meaningful innovations to our customers, such as the integration of Masimo rainbow® technology across our IntelliVue® patient monitoring product range.”

“It’s wonderful to think that Masimo and Philips will be working together for the benefit of patients and clinicians around the world,” said Joe Kiani, Chairman and CEO of Masimo.

In conjunction with the appropriate Philips patient monitoring platform, Masimo’s rainbow SET™ technology analyzes multiple wavelengths of light to accurately measure total hemoglobin (SpHb), oxygen content (SpOC), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®) and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®) non-invasively and continuously.

Continuous monitoring of SpHb on a Philips monitor at the point of care provides clinicians with real-time visibility to changes in hemoglobin in between invasive blood samplings.