Philips and TriHealth announce multi-year partnership at heart of new TriHealth Heart & Vascular Institute on the campus of Bethesda North Hospital

February 9, 2023

With access to innovative healthcare technologies, clinicians can continue to provide exceptional care to local and surrounding communities and deliver on Quadruple Aim

Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Cincinnati, Ohio, USA – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has entered into a long-term strategic partnership with TriHealth, a leading Cincinnati-based integrated healthcare delivery system, to adopt Philips’ integrated portfolio of cardiology solutions for its new TriHealth Heart & Vascular Institute on the campus of Bethesda North Hospital and the Harold and Eugenia Thomas Comprehensive Care Center. The agreement allows TriHealth to expand cardiac care and deliver on its promise to the community: provide high quality care, act for the benefit of the community, cooperate with the physicians and other providers to coordinate health services, and to educate the next generation of healthcare providers.

TriHealth is a full-service, not-for-profit health system that services three Ohio counties as well as Kentucky residents living close to the state border, with a wide range of clinical, educational, preventive and social programs. As one of the top integrated health systems in greater Cincinnati, TriHealth is committed to providing access to the highest quality medical services for the communities it serves. Over the last few years, TriHealth has made significant investments, including its recent affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, to establish itself as the region’s destination heart and vascular program. Partnering with Philips is the latest in TriHealth enterprise collaborations focused on sharing best practices and developing new treatments and therapies to achieve the best possible outcomes for heart patients across the region.

“Our mission at TriHealth is to improve the health status of the people we serve. The reimagined spaces and workflow in the new Heart & Vascular Institute will enable us to meet our clinical and operational goals, while the new business model will allow us to adopt the technologies that we need, when we need them,” said Jamie Easterling, president and COO of Bethesda North Hospital. “We see tremendous value in our partnership with Philips. Its industry-leading technology, design services, training, ongoing education and support provide all the tools for us to deliver unmatched patient care.”

The TriHealth Heart & Vascular Institute is comprised of nine interventional suites where patients can be diagnosed and treated with a range of minimally-invasive cardiovascular procedures. The rooms are equipped with Philips image-guided therapy solutions, including Azurion, and Philips cardiovascular ultrasound systems Affiniti and EPIQ, for improved imaging, simplified navigation, more efficient AI-enhanced workflows and shorter procedure times. The co-location of the labs allows for easy collaboration with specialists, who are only steps away, for consultation during procedures and interventions. For example, an electrophysiologist can easily be pulled into a procedure for a pacemaker implant. In situations like this, standardizing on Philips technology provides consistency across the labs and ensures physicians have familiarity with the system regardless of the lab in which they are working.

“TriHealth understands that it takes both technology and true partnership to deliver the innovation needed to address today’s healthcare challenges,” said Jeff DiLullo, chief market leader, Philips North America. “Through this collaboration, Bethesda North is becoming the region’s premier destination for heart and vascular care, giving clinicians access to the best technology available so they can provide their patients the quality care they need, and do so closer to home.”

Later this year, TriHealth will open a new reception/waiting area, nursing stations and pre/post operative bays. Patients and staff can expect additional technologies such as patient monitoring, including advanced clinical decision support tools and smart alarms, which can help clinicians intervene before patients have an adverse event, and Philips ultra-mobile Lumify handheld ultrasound, the company’s tablet-based ultrasound that provides telehealth capabilities. The partnership also consists of technology management plans, helping to ensure the health system can benefit from the latest technology innovations which will help them drive their strategy and deliver on their mission.

For further information, please contact:

Mark Groves
Philips Global Press Office
Tel: +31 631 639 916
Email: mark.groves@philips.com

Avi Dines
Philips North America
Tel: + 1 781 690 3814
Email: avi.dines@philips.com

Tom Lange
TriHealth
Senior Public Relations Consultant
Tel: + 1 513 569 6728
Email: Thomas_lange@trihealth.com

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and well-being through meaningful innovation. Philips’ patient- and people-centric innovation leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver personal health solutions for consumers and professional health solutions for healthcare providers and their patients in the hospital and the home. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, image-guided therapy, monitoring and enterprise informatics, as well as in personal health. Philips generated 2022 sales of EUR 17.8 billion and employs approximately 77,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About TriHealth
TriHealth is hospitals, physicians and the community working together to help people live better. We provide clinical, educational, preventive and social programs through Bethesda North, Bethesda Butler, Good Samaritan and McCullough-Hyde hospitals and more than 140 other locations throughout Greater Cincinnati. This includes an ambulatory network, physician practices, research division, employer-based health services, hospice care, and fitness and health facilities. Learn more at TriHealth.com, Facebook.com/TriHealth, @TriHealth on Twitter, and at YouTube.com/TriHealth.

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Teledyne Geospatial revolutionizes airborne lidar ROI with Galaxy Onboard: a real-time workflow solution

Teledyne Geospatial’s Galaxy Onboard

Galaxy Onboard delivers quality-controlled processed data in real time

VAUGHAN, Ontario, Feb. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Teledyne Geospatial announced the release of the Galaxy Onboard, a workflow-focused solution that enables airborne surveyors to deliver quality-controlled processed data in real time. With Galaxy Onboard, Teledyne Geospatial has lowered the barrier of entry for organizations venturing into airborne mapping with a solution that does not require expertise or months of training.

Galaxy Onboard will also offer exceptional value to airborne surveyors allowing them to explore additional applications. Through real-time quality control during acquisition, Galaxy Onboard enables faster than ever turnaround time for governmental wide area programs and engineering-grade corridor applications. In addition, life-threatening applications such as hurricanes, storms, power outages and floods will now have the benefit of Galaxy Onboard’s ability to process 3D data in real-time, making it available for recovery, rescue, and restoration deployment while the plane is still in the air.

Comprised of a rugged onboard computer, with a state-of-the-art real-time processing engine and quality control system, Galaxy Onboard extends the lidar sensor into a full solution that accelerates workflow from airplane to office and instills organizational confidence in data integrity.

“Galaxy Onboard was engineered to delight our customers by accelerating on-time final deliverables, reducing processing time, and automating manual and error-prone work. Onboard will generate confidence by revealing obscure information in real-time.  Onboard’s intuitive design effectively showcases our user obsession and provides immediate efficiencies without compromising on productivity,” said Malek Singer, Teledyne Geospatial’s Product Manager, Airborne.

Teledyne Geospatial unifies the hardware and software expertise of both Teledyne CARIS and Teledyne Optech. The new group provides customers with innovative integrated solutions. Offerings include turnkey systems, lidar and sonar integrated workflows and a range of systems and solutions that support holistic, precision data collection.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Jennifer Parham
Jennifer.Parham@teledyne.com

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TAT says ‘A Million Thanks’ to the Indians

Bangkok, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has hosted the ‘A Million Thanks: Amazing Thailand Night Reception’ event in New Delhi to say thanks to the Indian travel industry for promoting Thailand as a preferred tourist destination. The event was held prior to SATTE 2023, which TAT has brought a strong Thai delegation to attend for the 14th time.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “India is and has always been a significant and primary tourism market for Thailand. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our industry partners in India for helping to strengthen the positive image of Thailand as a popular destination for Indian travellers.”

In 2022, Thailand recorded over 11 million foreign visitors. Of these, almost 1 million were from India, making it the second largest source of tourist markets for Thailand – after Malaysia – and the largest group of travellers arriving by air. In 2023, some 1.4 million Indian tourists is expected to visit Thailand.

Indian tourists stayed on average 7.23 nights in Thailand, with trip expenditure averaged at 35,240 Baht per person.

Indian tourists are among those eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VOA) and who can enjoy an extended period of stay in Thailand of 30 days (up from 15 days) effective until 31 March, 2023.

At the Reception, Indian travel industry professionals and members of the media were also updated on Thailand’s tourism products and experiences. The ‘Amazing Thailand Destination Presentation’ session was presented by Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing –Asia and South Pacific.

Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand-TAT

TAT puts on ‘Amazing New Chapters’ showcase at SATTE 2023

Bangkok, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is participating in the annual South Asia’s Travel & Tourism Exchange (SATTE) in New Delhi – billed as the largest, must-attend travel fair in India – for the 14th time, heading up a strong Thai delegation of over 40 tourism suppliers.

The 30th edition of the show, SATTE 2023 is on from 9-11 February, 2023, at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi-NCR and is expected to feature around 35,000 participants and 1,200 seller booths.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “SATTE 2023 is a key marketplace for TAT and Thai tourism suppliers to meet with our overseas partners, to showcase Thailand’s full reopening to tourism and to promote the kingdom’s direction towards high value and sustainable tourism, including our soft-power foundations, to offer a meaningful travel experience.”

A key component of SATTE 2023 for the Thai delegation will be B2B tourism business exchanges between Thai tourism suppliers and overseas buyers, to build on existing relationships and forge new connections.

A main attraction of the Thailand presence at SATTE 2023 is the TAT’s Thailand Stand. Jointly promoting Thailand at the stand are Thai Airways International, THAI Smile Airways, 40 tourism suppliers – hotels, tour operators, DMCs, and attractions – as well as the Association of Thai Travel Agents, and Phuket Tourist Association.

Presenting a ‘Visit Thailand Year 2023: Amazing New Chapters’ theme, visitors to the stand can enjoy fascinating demonstration and workshop on making traditional Thai arts and crafts with Nora beading and traditional Thai potpourri.

The TAT’s Thailand Stand was officially opened by H.E. Ms. Pattarat Hongtong, Ambassador of Thailand to India; TAT’s Mr. Yuthasak; Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Asia and South Pacific; Mrs. Siriges-A-Nong Trirattanasongpol, TAT New Delhi, and Mr. Thanet Tantipiriyakit, President of Phuket Tourist Association.

In addition, TAT presented a token of appreciation to our partner allies – N Chirag; Discovery Holidays; D Pauls; TravelBullz, and SAMAARA Holidays, who participate in the “Chalo Amazing Thailand campaign” (Go Thailand) and for their continuous support during the difficult time .

Among the TAT’s marketing efforts at SATTE 2023 is the promotion of sports tourism – particularly golf – via a ‘City Marketing’ approach. Along this line, Pattaya City has a dedicated booth at the show, showcasing the popular seaside resort’s wealth of sports tourism opportunities, many attractions, and wide range of tourism-related business establishments which together offer plenty for all market segments.

To further strengthen the awareness of Pattaya as a golfing destination among Indian golfers, TAT and Pattaya City will jointly host a ‘Golf and Exclusive Networking’ activity on 10 February at Delhi Golf Club in New Delhi.

In 2022, Thailand recorded almost 1 million tourist arrivals from India, making it the second largest source of tourist markets for the country. For 2023, fuelled by TAT’s ongoing marketing activities, Thailand is expected to welcome some 1.4 million Indian tourists, of the 25 million tourists forecasted from all markets.

Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand-TAT

ADPC, USAID, and NASA Jointly Launch SERVIR-Southeast Asia to Address Climate Change

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Robert F. Godec, Hans Guttman, Executive Director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and Dr. Karen M. St. Germain, Earth Science Division Director, NASA launched SERVIR-Southeast Asia (SERVIR-SEA), an $11.2 million ADPC-USAID-NASA initiative to help communities across Southeast Asia adapt to regional and transboundary climate issues and mitigate the impacts of climate change and disasters.

SERVIR-SEA builds on the success of SERVIR-Mekong, implemented by ADPC. From 2014 to 2022, SERVIR-Mekong developed 21 decision support tools, trained over 1,500 people, mobilized $500,000 of additional investment, and influenced the adoption of four policies to ensure that the 250 million residents of the Lower Mekong Region are better prepared to respond to the impacts of climate change.

“To sustain and institutionalize this capacity that has been carefully built since 2014, ADPC will integrate SERVIR-SEA into a suitable existing regional platforms such as the Regional Consultative Committee for Disaster Risk Management (RCC) – an official organ of ADPC,” said Hans Guttman, Executive director of ADPC. “This will enable SERVIR-SEA to become the go-to satellite data and geospatial information provider in the region.”

“This new program expands the geographic focus of SERVIR in Southeast Asia and deepens our engagement with regional institutions to accelerate climate resilience,” said Ambassador Godec, speaking at the launch event. “SERVIR-Southeast Asia will go a long way to ensure that communities and businesses throughout Thailand and across ASEAN are not only resilient to the impacts of climate change, but prosper in spite of these challenges.”

“This effort builds on eight years of NASA and USAID investment, working with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (APDC) and their network of partners, to bring the latest NASA Earth science information to benefit people in this region,” said NASA Earth Science Division Director Dr. Karen M. St. Germain at the launch event.

ADPC implemented SERVIR-Mekong in close collaboration with the Mekong River Commission. “The cooperation between the Mekong River Commission and SERVIR Mekong has resulted in many positive outcomes. Our collaboration has enhanced the accuracy and lead time of the MRC’s flood forecasting,” said Mekong River Commission Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Anoulak Kittikhoun. “As climate change intensifies and development accelerates, we will work together to get better and better information into the hands of farmers and communities in order to make them more resilient and adaptable.”

At the launch event, Ambassador Godec, Hans Guttman, and Dr. St. Germain also engaged with highschool students from nearby communities to raise awareness about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities and the use of space technologies among youth and other underrepresented groups. The event, held at the Space Inspirium–Thailand’s first space museum and part of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)–included a demonstration of SERVIR-Mekong’s decision support tools.

SERVIR-Southeast Asia is one of five global hubs under SERVIR – a collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that helps regional institutions, governments and citizens use publicly-available satellite technologies to address climate-related challenges – implemented by ADPC.

Source: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

Thai King and Queen send letters of condolence to Turkey and Syria

The King and Queen of Thailand sent letters of condolence today (Thursday), addressed to the presidents of Turkey and Syria, following the loss of life in the devastating earthquake which struck the two countries on Monday.

In the letter to the president of Turkey, Their Majesties the King and Queen said that they were very saddened to learn about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, which was an unbelievable phenomenon.

The death toll in the earthquake has now exceeded 15,000 people and it is expected that the number may double. There are many more who are wounded, missing or homeless. Moreover, vital infrastructure and houses were damaged, but Their Majesties’ concerns are with the victims.

The King and Queen expressed their sorrow for this great loss, but hope that Turkey will be able to overcome this disaster soon.

To the president of Syria, the King and Queen said that they were saddened by the great loss of life, missing and injured people as well as those who are left homeless by the earthquake and the extensive damage to property in Syria.

Their Majesties said they hope the disaster in Syria will end soon and the country will be restored.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Thai Journalists Wary of Proposed Media Ethics Act

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in Thailand debated a media ethics bill on Tuesday that some say will address the spread of “fake news” and others warn could be used to obstruct the work of journalists.

Dubbed the Media Ethics and Professional Standards Promotion Act, the legislation seeks to form a regulatory council that would set standards on ethics and oversee a registry of journalists, news outlets and online content creators.

If passed, an ethics board made up of lawyers, journalists with at least 10 years’ media experience, and others would oversee public complaints and make recommendations on penalties such as warnings or fines.

Supporters of the bill say it will improve journalism standards and protect against false news and disinformation.

But critics say that the regulation could allow the government greater control over the media, noting that while registration with the council is not mandatory, the bill does not say how authorities will respond to journalists who choose not to register.

Critics also warn the council risks stifling coverage of sensitive issues and could result in curbing Thailand’s vibrant social media scene.

Lawmakers Tuesday had mixed responses to the proposal.

Somchai Sawaengkarn, an appointed senator in parliament, said at the debate that the law could help reform an “ethically problematic” industry that currently includes real journalists and fake media.

But Thanyawat Kamolwongwat, an MP from the progressive-leaning Move Forward Party, said a broadly worded provision that press freedom not disrupt “good morality” could be used to obstruct the role media plays in democracy.

Ultimately, not enough lawmakers were present to put the draft to a vote.

The reprieve offered some relief for media advocates who are watching the passage of the bill closely.

“I’m relieved that, for once, our demand was heard in the halls of power,” said Teeranai Charuvastra, vice president for press freedom and media reform at the Thai Journalists Association and a journalist at Prachatai English.

The journalist association has opposed the draft bill as have other Thai media organizations.

Teeranai said that some wording in the draft bill may inadvertently open a door to interference.

Additionally, media ethics could be defined so narrowly that it could stifle investigative reporting and discourage discussion of topics deemed sensitive by the authorities, he said.

However, Teeranai believes that an effective and practical mechanism is needed to encourage the press to be more responsible.

Wasinee Pabuprapap, co-founder of the nonprofit Thai Media for Democracy Alliance, says she is concerned that the bill could leave journalists confused over what they can safely report.

“We can expect more self-censorship from the press,” said Wasinee, who is also a reporter for the news outlet Workpoint Today.

She noted that the timing of the law is putting some journalists on edge. A general election is expected to be called in 2023 and political parties are already campaigning.

Journalists in Thailand already work in a legally challenging environment, according to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. As a result, mainstream media typically follow the government line and outlets that try to offer an opposing view risk harassment.

Reporters “need to be aware that any criticism of the government could cause a draconian response,” RSF has said. In its summary of the Thai media environment, RSF notes that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has said journalists should “play a major role in supporting the government’s affairs.”

In the restrictive environment, Russia and China have attempted to expand their influence in Thailand through state-controlled operations.

In August, members of the state-run China Media Group and the Confederation of Thai Journalists held discussions on cooperation, including working together on “correcting fake news and disinformation” on legacy media and social media platforms.

A press release from the Confederation of Thai Journalists said the talks focused on “disinformation” that impacted the public image of China.

It added that the China Media Group recommended reporting only “positive, non-divisive subjects” on Thailand to create a “good perception” of the country for Chinese audiences.

Some Thai media outlets, including the conservative TOP News, have regularly broadcast pro-Russian stories during the war in Ukraine.

On Feb. 1, Prayut and some Cabinet members attended an event marking the second anniversary of the media outlet. The prime minister also featured on one of its live morning news shows, telling audiences to follow the station, which, he said, “presents news from facts, according to my assessment.”

Countries globally are seeing a rise in disinformation.

But journalist associations in Thailand have previously said that while the media sometimes make errors in their reporting, they do not publish false news.

When an order was issued under an emergency decree in 2021 to tackle what the government labeled “disinformation” over its handling of the coronavirus, six media outlets protested the move.

In a joint statement, the media groups said, “Although there are some reporting errors, they are not disinformation as labeled by the government.”

Thai House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has said the proposed media bill will be put back in line behind other bills waiting on a vote. MPs and observers, however, doubt that a vote will happen before the current House session ends in a few weeks.

Source: Voice of America

Thamanat re-joins Palang Pracharath Party to head campaign in the north

Former Palang Pracharath Party Secretary-General Thamanat Prompao is expected to be responsible for overseeing the party’s election campaign in the northern provinces, after he re-joined the party, along with 11 MPs from the Thai Economic Party.

Palang Pracharath Deputy Leader Wirat Rattanaseth said today (Thursday) that Thamanat and the 11 MPs, who are former members of the party, applied for memberships on Monday.

Thamanat and 20 of his followers were sacked from the Palang Pracharath Party in January last year, when they threatened to resign en masse if they were not given the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment portfolio, which is held by Varawut Silpa-archa of the Chartthaipattana Party.

The 12 Thai Economic Party MPs, led by Thamanat includes Pai Link of Kamphaeng Phet, Kasem Supparanon of Nakhon Ratchasima, Pornchai Insuk of Phichit, Panya Jinakham of Mae Hong Son, Yutthana Pothasuthon and Somsak Kunngern of Khon Kaen.

Earlier, two other MPs in the group, namely Boonsing Warinrak and Pol Gen Yongyuth Thep Chamnong, joined the Palang Pracharath Party.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service