PSV Eindhoven to diagnose and treat football injuries faster with digital health
The team will be the first professional club in the world to use consumer and health tech giant Philips’ ‘Lumify’ technology for the diagnosis of injuries and the acute care of its players.
It currently takes around 12 hours before a definitive diagnosis of a player’s injury can be made, delaying the drafting of a treatment plan and creating a psychological burden for the player.
With the Lumify portable ultrasound device for tablets and smartphones, PSV's medical staff can now make a first diagnosis of suspected injuries immediately, according to Philips.
“Philips Lumify is an extremely beneficial tool, and particularly useful in an environment where immediate injury analysis is needed,” says PSV’s medical director Wart van Zoest. “We can now make diagnoses and decisions much faster, anywhere in the sports complex and even when we’re travelling. This enables us to offer better care to our players and address injuries as soon as they happen.”
The Philips Lumify hand-held ultrasound transducer has advanced ultrasound processing built into the body. This means that a physician just needs to download the Lumify app to a compatible tablet or smartphone from the Google Play Store, connect the transducer and launch the app.
It is then possible, according to Philips, to make fast, informed diagnosis and treatment decisions.
Lumify can be used for a variety of clinical applications including cardiology, abdominal, musculoskeletal, lung and obstetrics/gynecology exams. Already available in North America, France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Italy, Singapore, the system will now also be available in the Netherlands and Belgium.
“Philips' app-based ultrasound delivers exceptional image quality through a compatible smart device,” said Carmen Silverstandt, business manager, ultrasound, at Philips Benelux. “This supports our vision of putting high-quality ultrasound in the hands of more professionals to serve more patients in more locations.”
The partnership between Philips and PSV goes back more than a hundred years. Philips employees founded the club in 1913, and since then the club has played in both national and European leagues. Philips is still a sponsor of the club, and also provides the latest technologies to support the players.