Smartphone medical add-ons are one of the biggest trends in the industry, and a new product from Philips called Lumify integrates a portable ultrasound to offer more flexibility to health professionals whether in the field or at a hospital.
Lumify was launched November 19, and was formally unveiled soon after at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference in Chicago.
The product is Philips’ first smart ultrasound device and is currently available only in the United States to licensed healthcare providers, said Randy Hamlin, vice president and segment leader of Ultra Mobile, Philips.
Connecting to an Android Tablet or Smartphone
“What is different about Lumify is we have miniaturized all the electronics of an entire ultrasound system and put them inside the handle of the transducer. So that is really a novel technology that we created here at Philips,” Hamlin said in an interview.
The transducer connects to an Android tablet or smartphone. Lumify only works with Android for now, but future plans for Windows and Apple are in the works, he said.
While there are other portable ultrasound devices on the market, Hamlin said Lumify is distinct in a few ways.
“We are the only ones that offer a bring-your-own device concept. You don’t have to have the company dictate what kind of device you display your ultrasound on,” Hamlin said.
Connecting to a smart device offers the advantage of connecting with electronic medical records, he said.
$199 per Month
Another unique feature is the method of payment. The Lumify transducer is available on a subscription basis for $199 per month, offering flexibility and lower cost when compared to the investment of a traditional ultrasound system.
Since Lumify requires no upfront fee and no yearly commitment to the subscription, it could simply be returned if no longer needed.
“We felt that was important because physicians often can’t anticipate the demand they have for ultrasound,” said Hamlin.
Two types of transducers are currently available, a curved model that is suited for obstetrics and abdominal imaging; and a linear model for vascular, breast, thyroid or ligament imaging.
New Transducers Coming
“Our intent is to keep adding more transducer types so we provide more versatile clinical offerings,” Hamlin said.
“For example, cardiac is another that has a unique transducer type we will be looking at in the future,” Hamlin said.
The company also plans to expand its offering beyond the US market, but has not yet set a timeline for international release.