Philips & Nuance Team Up to Bring AI in Radiology Reporting

Koninklijke Philips N.V.PHG recently announced that it has decided to team up with Nuance Communications NUAN to bring artificial intelligence-based (AI) image interpretation and reporting capabilities to radiologists. The partnership will leverage Philips' Illumeo with adaptive intelligence, and Nuance's PowerScribe 360, to reduce discrepancies, and improve radiology reporting, standardization as well as accuracy.

Touted as one of the modern imaging and informatics technology, Illumeo is powered with adaptive intelligence. It supplements the work of a radiologist by integrating contextual awareness capabilities with advanced data analytics. On the other hand, Nuance PowerScribe 360, a real-time radiology reporting platform, facilitates rapid generation of high-quality actionable reports.

The integration of Philips Illumeo and Nuance PowerScribe 360 will enable radiologists to access a variety of tools at the point-of-care. These include tools for risk stratification, faster turnaround times as well as greater report accuracy and structure. The collaboration will enable radiologists to access AI-driven solutions and practical applications, including the integration of ACR guidelines, which would save time as well as effort along with improving report quality and patient outcomes.

Healthcare Market Losing Momentum

Philips has broadened its presence in the healthcare markets in recent quarters and expects this segment to be a long-term growth driver. However, the company's near-term profitability is likely to be hurt by sluggish growth prospects of the healthcare market on a global scale. For instance, the company expects the United States to witness low single digit growth in the healthcare industry, in light of uncertainties like slowing government spending and events surrounding the ACA (Affordable Care Act) legislation. Also, factors like anti-corruption initiatives, slow GDP growth and centralized tendering remain country-specific risks for China are likely to dampen the prospects of the healthcare industry, thwarting the company' growth.

Moreover, as this Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) company has a geographic presence in more than 80 countries, it is exposed to a number of regional and local regulatory rules in sensitive areas like healthcare. The company believes such stringent rules expose it to difficulties in obtaining clearances or approvals for new products, which in turn, may lead to unfavorable performance. Further, the industry in which Philips operates is highly dynamic, which indicates that failure to accelerate the company's innovation-to-market processes may lead to materially adverse effects on its financial condition as well as operating results.

The stock has returned 6% in the last three months, underperforming the industry 's gain of 9.3%. Moreover, analysts have become increasingly bearish on the stock over the past few months, with estimate revisions moving south. With two downward revisions compared with no upward revision in the past two months, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2017 earnings has declined from $1.58 to $1.37.

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