Philips expands healthtech portfolio with IoT, AI, cloud solutions
Carla Kriwet, CEO of connected care & health informatics at Phillips

Philips expands healthtech portfolio with IoT, AI, cloud solutions

Dutch technology company Philips is working on a string of new connected technologies to improve patient outcomes and operational efficiency in the health sector.

Speaking ahead of the 2018 HIMSS (connected health) Conference in Las Vegas this week, the firm confirmed that it is working on a suite of new IoT, AI, health management, clinical informatics, cloud, and analytics solutions.

Philips said it would be focusing on integration, interoperability, IoT, and AI systems, which will be delivered through a mix of cloud and on-premise infrastructure.

The technologies will “optimise care pathways, workflows, and system utilisation”, said the company, adding that they are “critical to operational, clinical and financial efficiency”.

New platforms

Philips will showcase FocusPoint, a Web management system that helps organisations monitor and troubleshoot the health of equipment. Philips said this is designed to “improve biomedical and IT department productivity”.

Meanwhile, HealthSuite Insights – which is built on the cloud platform – lets users tap into data science, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence to drive productivity in healthcare environments. It also sports blockchain security capabilities.

The Insights Marketplace is another new addition to the company’s health-tech ecosystem. Philips said it offers “licensable AI assets” for healthcare organisations and vendors.

Data, people, and services

The string of announcements continued with the debut of operational performance system, PerformanceBridge. The company claims that it brings together “data, people, and services to bridge the gap between data and decision making”.

Carla Kriwet, CEO of connected care and health informatics at Philips, said these new technologies are aimed at transforming the way healthcare organisations manage patient data.

“Philips’ deep expertise in healthcare information technology, including AI, combined with insights gained from our strong customer relationships, uniquely positions us to unlock the collective intelligence and insights across departments within the hospital to deliver the right information at the right time to clinicians,” she said.

“At the core of our HIMSS presence this year is our adaptive intelligence approach and open architecture technologies to help improve interoperability and to enable superior data-driven clinical decisions, improve staff and equipment productivity, and drive better patient outcomes and engagement.”

Internet of Business says

In December 2017, Philips acquired Netherlands-based medical technology company Forcare, but Philips has been tight-lipped about its plans for the acquisition. The fruits of that deal are now becoming clear. Philips has “expanded its suite of intelligent solutions designed to enhance interoperability and data sharing”, aligning Forcare’s portfolio with its own. 

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