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Style collaborates with Brilliance: Indian Skipper Virat Kohli unveils the Revolutionary Philips OneBlade



- Experience the power of 3. Style, trim and shave with the new Philips OneBlade

- A revolutionary grooming tool for the modern men

- Priced at 1899/-

Bengaluru, India – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the launch of the latest innovation in male grooming technology – the Philips OneBlade. A revolutionary product, the Philips OneBlade combines capabilities for styling, trimming and shaving in one hybrid tool. Setting a new benchmark in the male grooming segment in India, OneBlade is a one stop solution for today’s men who love experimenting with their facial hair style without too much hassle.
Unique OneBlade combines modern-day technology of Philips break-through innovation which allows men to style, trim and shave with just one tool, while keeping the skin feeling soft. The dual sided blade enables easy styling and shaping of beard. Its shaving technology features a fast-moving cutter that moves 200 times per second for precise sharp edges and comfortable shave. It includes a single replacement blade, built with a rechargeable handle that offers three trimming combs of 1, 3 and 5 mm, respectively that lasts up to four months. It comes with a protective plate on top of the cutter, preventing the blade from touching skin and a long-lasting battery that holds 45 minutes of styling in a single charge.

Commenting on the launch, Gulbahar Taurani, President, Personal Health, Philips India Subcontinent said, “At Philips, our endeavour is to design all our products keeping in mind the evolving needs of our consumers. Our latest addition, the Philips OneBlade stands out in its category and provides a one stop solution for men looking to embrace their own style without the rigidity of traditional male grooming. It gives a superior cutting performance and empowers millennial men to experience the power of three – Style, Trim and Shave. We hope our consumers across India would make the most of this innovative product while achieving their best styled look.”

Speaking about the product, Virat Kohli, Brand Ambassador for Philips Male Grooming said, “I have always loved experimenting with my looks – it goes with my personality. I prefer Philips products as they guarantee great styling with convenience and comfort. I am really excited about the newly launched Philips OneBlade – it combines trimming, styling and shaving in one device with the reliability, comfort and convenience one can expect from Philips products. Given my busy schedule, Philips OneBlade is a must have for me.”

Convenient and hygienic, the styling tool gives a confident sense of facial styles, from a chin curtain and a perfect stubble to a clean-shaven look while gently gliding through facial hair regardless of the length. Encased in a waterproof body, the OneBlade is water resistant, can groom both wet and dry hair and provides a refreshed look without any cuts and nicks.

The Philips OneBlade is priced at an MRP of 1899/- and comes with a two years warranty and one-year extended warranty on product registration through Philips India website
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Philips to expand its Population Health Management business with the acquisition of Wellcentive



 Amsterdam, the Netherlands 20 July 2016 – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Wellcentive, a leading US-based provider of population health management software solutions. Financial details of the transaction will not be disclosed.

 In population health management, Philips already offers enterprise telehealth, home monitoring, personal emergency response systems (PERS) and personal health services that address multiple groups within a population from intensive ambulatory care for high-risk patients to prevention and personal health programs for the general population. Wellcentive complements Philips’ portfolio with cloud-based IT solutions to import, aggregate and analyze clinical, claims and financial data across hospital and health systems to help care providers deliver coordinated care that meets new healthcare quality requirements and reimbursement models.

 Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected later today, Wellcentive and its employees will become part of the Population Health Management business group within Philips. Tom Zajac, CEO of Wellcentive and an experienced healthcare industry leader, will be appointed to lead this business group.

 “With this strategic acquisition, we will strengthen our Population Health Management business and its leadership, as health systems gradually shift from volume to value-based care, and provide more preventative and chronic care services outside of the hospital,” said Jeroen Tas, Philips’ CEO Connected Care & Health Informatics. “Our sweet spot is at the point of care as we give consumers, patients, care teams and clinicians the tools, such as remote monitoring solutions and therapy devices, to optimize care. Wellcentive’s solutions will provide our customers with the ability to collect data from large populations, detect patterns, assess risks and then deploy care programs tailored to the needs of specific groups.”

 “Over the past 11 years, the Wellcentive team has focused on delivering data-driven clinical, financial, and human outcomes for our customers as they provide care management for more than 30 million patients,” said Tom Zajac, CEO of Wellcentive. “Combining forces with Philips and its broad portfolio of health technologies and global reach will create a great foundation to accelerate growth in connected care – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care – enabling consumers, providers and health organizations to benefit from our combined, stronger offering in population health management.”

 Wellcentive’s applications will be integrated in the Philips HealthSuite cloud, the company’s digital enabler for the next generation of connected health solutions.  One example of Philips’ existing care programs for population health management is the Intensive Ambulatory Care (eIAC) program: this combines telehealth technologies and population health management software to help care teams monitor and coach patients at home. It aims to improve patient outcomes, care team efficiency, and prevent patients from entering the hospital, where costs are significantly higher.

 Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Wellcentive employs approximately 115 employees. The company has a strong customer base in the US.

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Philips and UNFPA collaborate to transform lives in Mandera County, Kenya – announce plans to implement Kenya’s second “Community Life Centre”



May 12,  13.21 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 The Community Life Center in Mandera is expected to provide the local area with modern, integrated high quality health services, access to energy, education, employment opportunities, commercial activities, and a secure social activity hub.

 Kigali, Rwanda – Royal Philips (NYSE: PGH, AEX: PHIA), in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today revealed its plans to inaugurate a Community Life Center (CLC) in Mandera, a County in North-Eastern Kenya with one of the world’s highest maternal mortality ratio - 3,795 per 100,000 live births[1]. The project which is supported by the County Government of Mandera is the second of its kind in the world; Philips inaugurated the first CLC in Kiambu County, Kenya in 2014. The CLC will deliver crucial primary healthcare and enhance community development in Mandera. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed this year.

 Strengthening Primary Care & Enabling Community Development
 The issues facing primary healthcare in Africa are complicated and multifaceted therefore, to create sustainable improvement means addressing a wide range of issues collectively. Issues range from unavailability of qualified healthcare workers to lack of electricity, water and basic healthcare technology. The creation of the CLC concept enabled Philips to realize its vision to drastically improve primary healthcare in Africa by addressing all causes in one solution. Developed by the Philips Africa Innovation Hub, the concept of the CLC is a community driven and integrated approach for strengthening primary healthcare and service facilities that provide community development from a healthcare, lighting and healthy living perspective.

 The CLC concept goes beyond healthcare by turning a health facility into a community hub where technology is bundled with an integrated service package and community empowerment interventions. The technology includes solar power (for reliable and clean energy supply), efficient and durable indoor and outdoor LED-lighting (enabling extended opening hours and providing security to patients and staff), healthcare equipment (to enable patient monitoring, diagnosis and triage), laboratory equipment (especially for antenatal care tests), refrigeration (preserving the life span of vaccines), IT-solutions (storage of patient data), water supply and purification (preventing waterborne diseases) and promotion of community entrepreneurism and social enterprise (utilizing new opportunities created  by 24/7 lightning, energy and water).

 Siddharth Chatterjee, the UNFPA representative to Kenya said, “Our collaboration with Philips on the CLC is a welcome first step. Our collaboration will be more meaningful when we have demonstrated significant improvements in the health outcomes of the 15 Counties in Kenya that suffer from the highest burden of maternal and newborn mortality. We aim to improve these outcomes by transforming their primary healthcare systems. Key elements for the success of our CLC collaboration are innovation, adaptability, scale and sustainability.”

 UNFPA has spearheaded the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Private Sector Collective Action initiative in Kenya of which Philips is a founding member. This ground-breaking initiative aims to significantly advance maternal new-born health outcomes in 6 counties[2] in Kenya, which contribute close to 50% of all maternal deaths in the country. The CLC in Mandera reflects the EWEC commitment.

 Community Life Center, Kiambu
 In June 2014, Philips inaugurated the world’s first CLC in Kiambu, Kenya (located at the Githurai Lang’ata Health Center in Kiambu County). The development in Kiambu saw Philips transform a rundown healthcare center into a bustling community hub where families gather, children do their homework (under solar powered lights), commercial activities take place, and where local Government representatives raise awareness and inform locals about relevant health issues.

Within eighteen months of its opening (from June 2014 – December 2015), the center in Kiambu saw the total number of outpatients visiting per month increase from 900 to 4080; the number of children being treated quadrupled from 533 to 2370; first antenatal care patients grew by fifteen fold from 13 to 188 patients each month, while the number of fourth visit antenatal care patients each month grew sixteen fold, from 6 to 94. The maternity wing of the center enables women to deliver their babies in a safe and secure environment and since its inception, 634 babies have been born with an average of 36 babies currently born at the facility each month.

 “In support of our EWEC commitment, the CLC in Mandera, will bring quality primary healthcare to a catchment population of about 40,000 women and children,” said JJ van Dongen, CEO Philips Africa. “At Philips our mission is to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovation, the CLC  demonstrates an integrated model of healthcare that conjoins technology with services and aims to inspire an entire community to change the way it sees and looks after itself. That’s precisely the kind of innovation that can revolutionize society.”

 Technology and capacity building central to the CLC
 In Mandera, health workers, community members and other key stakeholders are involved in the entire development process. The CLC will utilize modern healthcare technology and over time is expected to migrate from manual to automated processes and systems, which will be connected to the appropriate Philips local service support organization. Local health workers and community members will be trained and adequately skilled in using this technology, and in turn this will create new education and employment opportunities at local level, thereby improving the livelihood of the community and supporting the sustainability of the CLC.

 Ahmed Sheikh, CEC Health, Mandera County said, “We are delighted that Philips and UNFPA have collaborated to develop a CLC in Mandera. This news comes at a time when our region needs it most – we continue to have high incidents of infant and maternal mortality, we have a severe shortage of healthcare facilities and our communities are suffering as a result. This collaboration will have far reaching benefits, and we expect it will enrich the community in Mandera for years to come.”

 Philips is rolling out the CLC solution in collaboration with organizations like UNFPA and governments that want to strengthen their community and primary healthcare systems, improving both preventive and curative healthcare as well as social and economic development.

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Philips aims to address billions of people globally to encourage healthy oral habits



March 21 2016,  18.46 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Philips has united with FDI World Dental Federation to drive awareness of the importance of good oral health

 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) united with FDI World Dental Federation to celebrate World Oral Health Day (WOHD). In a world where 90% of the population will suffer from a condition in the mouth, teeth or gums during their lifetime [1], Philips is committed to developing meaningful innovation that addresses global societal needs and improves lives.

“We understand the value of good oral health and welcome the responsibility of increasing awareness to the wider benefits,” said Egbert van Acht, General Manager Philips Health & Wellness. “Through continued innovation, education and growing awareness, we hope to inspire people to enjoy the benefits of good oral health and ultimately recognize the value of a healthy body.”

Oral hygiene habits are developed at a young age, therefore it is important children develop their own brushing techniques and build good habits early on. Through meaningful innovation, Philips launched a connected children’s toothbrush and app, the Philips Sonicare for Kids Connected, designed to reinforce and help build healthy oral hygiene habits from the outset. With a comprehensive range of oral healthcare solutions, Philips continues to support people’s oral care needs throughout their lifetime.

 Our efforts don’t stop there and we work in collaboration with dental practitioners to continue our focus on developing innovations that improve people’s lives and deliver better and affordable care, both in-clinic and when continuing their regime at home.

 "With established associations between oral and systemic health, dental professionals are now challenged to better educate patients on improving their total wellbeing,” said Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, M.Ed., Associate faculty member of the L.D. Pankey Institute and Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry. “Philips helps dental professionals meet that challenge by developing educational strategies to assist clinicians in managing the oral health of our patients, while creating innovative and efficacious oral healthcare products. Thankfully this results in patients with healthier mouths who may also benefit from longer and happier lives.”

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Philips and Rijksmuseum extend long standing partnership, focusing on link between art and well-being



March 08 2016,  14.44 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Philips is founder of the Rijksmuseum since 2001 and the continued partnership ensures that people will experience the enriching power of art

 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) and the Rijksmuseum today announced that they have extended their long term partnership for another five years. As part of the partnership, Philips will work closely with the Rijksmuseum to jointly apply meaningful innovations and programs that reinforce the link between art and well-being while enhancing the overall experience for the museum’s visitors.

 The Rijksmuseum is the iconic art museum of the Netherlands. After ten years of rebuilding, refurbishing and renovating, the Rijksmuseum opened its doors to the public again in 2013. Today, 8,000 pieces of art in the museum’s 80 galleries tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history, from the Middle Ages to Mondrian in the previous century. As the founder of the Rijksmuseum, Philips was closely involved in the redesign and rebuilding of the museum. The Rijksmuseum and its artworks are illuminated by Philips’ LED lighting that was specifically designed to enhance the visitors’ experience and optimize the conservation of the art together with other Philips technologies. Comprising a total area of 9,500 square meters, it is one of the largest gallery spaces ever lit by LED lighting.

“This year we celebrate the renewal of our partnership with the Rijksmuseum which goes back many years,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. “I am delighted that we will continue on our common mission to touch people’s lives through the combination of technology, people-centric design and our cultural history.”

 “I am very proud and happy to continue our close collaboration with our founder Philips after 15 ‘enlightened’ years!”, said Wim Pijbes, general director of the Rijksmuseum, “Conserving the Dutch cultural history is part of our shared goal, and we aim to apply Philips’ technology innovations in new ways to touch people’s lives and those of future generations with art. I am very much looking forward to work with Philips to let art contribute to people’s well-being.”

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Philips is the world’s largest patent applicant at the European Patent Office



March 03 2016,  14.48 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Also ranking first in three leading technology fields: ‘Medical Technology’, ‘Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy’ and ‘Measurement’

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced that it is the world’s largest patent applicant for patents filed at the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2015. Last year Philips filed 2,402 patent applications according to the 2015 Patent Applicant Ranking, which was released today by the EPO.

 Philips rose to first place in 2015 from the second position in 2014 in the EPO’s annual ranking. In addition, Philips ranks first in three of the ten leading fields of technology: ‘Medical Technology’, ‘Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy’ and ‘Measurement.’

Philips was by far the largest patent filer from the Netherlands – responsible for one third of all patent applications by Dutch companies – and therefore strongly contributing to the rise of the Netherlands as second largest country in the world in terms of patent applications at the EPO per million inhabitants.

 Philips’ current IP Portfolio consists of 76,000 patents, 47,000 trademarks, 91,000 design rights and 5,000 domain names.

“We are very proud of becoming the world’s largest patent applicant at the EPO in 2015,” said Brian Hinman, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Philips. “It underscores the innovative power of Philips. Impressive numbers, yet for us, the quality and value of our IP portfolio remains more important than quantity.”

Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights, delivering integrated solutions and innovations to improve people’s lives and enable better outcomes across the health continuum, from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care.

“With our strong IP portfolio we protect these solutions and innovations which support the company’s growth, competitiveness, profitability and create new business opportunities,” Hinman adds.

“Philips has consistently been among the most active applicants at the EPO for many years and for the company to have been the EPO’s top applicant in 2015 is a great achievement. The prominence of Philips and other European companies in our top ten attests to the dynamism of European inventors and innovators,” said Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office.

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Philips receives 510(k) clearance of Care Orchestrator, next generation cloud-based clinical management software for patients with sleep and respiratory conditions



•       First to market solution seamlessly connects clinical data and informatics for clinicians, caregivers and patients from the hospital into the home
•       Powered by Philips HealthSuite digital platform, complete view of sleep and respiratory patient data now available in one place for easy information exchange

Philips receives 510(k) clearance of Care Orchestrator, next generation cloud-based clinical management software for patients with sleep and respiratory conditions


March 01 2016,  18.38 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Philips Respironics, a business of Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX:PHIA), today announced it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Care Orchestrator, its cloud-based clinical management software application. Care Orchestrator is a first-of-its-kind connected health technology in the homecare space that connects the portfolio of sleep and respiratory care enabling data, clinical management workflow, informatics and intelligence for providers, payers and patients within a single platform. Care Orchestrator is built as part of Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform, an open cloud-based platform of services, capabilities and tools that allows for the creation of the next generation of connected health and wellness innovations.

“With Care Orchestrator, we are offering the next generation in healthcare software applications and informatics, and are expanding our strong legacy of solutions and vision for connected patient care,” said Tim Murphy, General Manager of New Business Solutions, Philips Respironics. “The future of sleep and respiratory home care is enabled by health tech solutions that help our customers manage growing requirements with intelligent, clinical interventions that connect all members of the care team to deliver effective patient outcomes.”

Building on the success of Philips Respironics’ Encore Anywhere, the world’s most widely-used patient compliance management system that has supported over 7 million patients, Care Orchestrator will interact with Philips’ sleep and respiratory devices, electronic medical records (EMRs), insurance claims and billing systems and other Philips and third party applications on the HealthSuite digital platform. The Care Orchestrator application offers a full view of sleep and respiratory care patients and makes it easier for providers to share and exchange information, addressing some of the most critical needs for homecare providers, clinicians and patients, including:

•       Treatment adherence: The complete and robust data provided by Care Orchestrator enables providers and their care networks to efficiently communicate important information about their patients. This helps to create an adaptable treatment decision process and support better clinical outcomes.
•       Patient and provider engagement: Care Orchestrator alerts providers when treatment intervention is necessary, allowing them to focus resources on patients who most need their attention. For patients, Care Orchestrator builds on existing solutions, such as DreamMapper, to help patients become more engaged in their treatment.
•       Billing and Reimbursement: With Care Orchestrator, homecare providers, health systems payers and physicians gain the benefit of a set of integrated data technologies that enable them to efficiently share information with their networks.

“Health care systems continue to seek solutions that provide a more complete view into a patient’s health in a way that makes their jobs simpler while improving outcomes for patients,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics, Philips. “Care Orchestrator provides a fluid process for managing treatment plans and for engaging patients in their own therapy. By adding Care Orchestrator to the Philips Health Suite digital platform, we’re building on our commitment to bring innovative technology solutions into different care settings, and to provide streamlined approaches for diagnosing and treating sleep and respiratory conditions.”

The Philips HealthSuite digital platform enables connected health services by securely connecting smart devices, mobile apps and clinical data to help people make more confident health and lifestyle-related decisions. Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform applications, such as Care Orchestrator, provide patients and their care providers actionable and longitudinal insights through the combination of clinical and personal health data.

 Philips will be showcasing Care Orchestrator at booth #930 at the upcoming Medtrade Spring Annual Meeting, on February 29th through March 2nd in Las Vegas. For more information on Philips’ advanced solutions for sleep and respiratory care, follow @PhilipsResp and the Philips Respironics Facebook.

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Philips tops international iF ranking for design with 48 awards in 2016



February 29 2016,  13.39 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Awards reflect increasing importance of communication, concept and service design

 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today announced that it has been honored with 48 prestigious awards at the 2016 iF Design Awards, including three prestigious iF Gold Awards. As a result, Philips is now #1 in the international iF ranking for design. Each year, the iF International Forum Design GmbH organizes the iF Design Award, one of the world’s most valued design competitions. Recognized as a symbol of design excellence globally, the iF Design Award receives over 5,000 submissions from 70 countries.

“Philips Design has pioneered the shift from product-led to experience-led design. By co-creating with our customers and broadening our view to design for whole ecosystems we have a big real-world impact, which is reflected in our #1 iF ranking” said Sean Carney, Chief Design Officer at Philips. “Using Design-thinking we harness the power of the Internet of Things, big data and digital ecosystems to deliver on our ambition to make the world healthier and more sustainable through Design.”

Among the 48 iF winners, Philips increased the number of awards it received across the iF Design Award disciplines, including communication, professional concept and service design. Philips also scooped one prize in the first edition of the Public Value category. The ultra-mobile ultrasound solution Lumify (in the discipline communication design); the cardiac catherization suite at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois (US) (in the discipline professional concept design); the advanced neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) (in the discipline service design) and Light for Public Spaces (in the discipline public value) were recognized for their creative approaches and their impact beyond product design.
 The three Gold winners were announced on February 26 in Munich, Germany:

 Gold Award - Communication Design
 Lumify Ultra-Mobile Ultrasound Solution

 Lumify is the world’s first app-based, smart device ultrasound solution, connecting providers with patients to provide high-quality care whenever it is needed. Philips’ digital health approach to ultrasound allows clinicians to transform their compatible smart device into an advanced imaging solution, designed for fast point-of-care diagnostics, procedural guidance, data sharing and collaboration. Designed with the simplicity of today’s mobile technology in mind, Lumify brings together familiar hardware and an ecosystem of ultrasound app software, advanced transducer innovations, connectivity and support services, for a total connected health experience that puts clinical insights and tools into the hands of more providers across the health continuum.

 Gold Award - Product Design: DreamWear

 Designed to help patients feel like they are not wearing a mask, DreamWear’s revolutionary design directs airflow through the sides of the mask frame so patients can sleep comfortably in any position with more freedom to move in bed. With DreamWear, patients have a clear and natural line of sight, while the minimal contact, under-the-nose cushion prevents red marks, discomfort or irritation in the nostrils and on the bridge of the nose[1]. With an open field of vision, patients can enjoy their normal bedtime activities, such as watching TV, reading with their glasses on or even kissing their partner goodnight. This enables patients to have a more comfortable and freeing sleep solution, helping them to feel more like they are sleeping naturally.

 Gold Award - Product Design: IconiQ Special Edition Shaver

 The IconiQ Special Edition Shaver is Philips’ latest electric 3-head shaver - its design echoes traditional shaving brushes but with wireless charging technology and SmartClick interface. For a next generation shaving experience, the IconiQ Special Edition Shaver’s retro-futuristic look is designed for the modern gentleman who enjoys an indulgent shaving experience. This limited edition shaver makes use of premium materials including an aluminum machined power switch, ceramic black body paint and chic warm metallic rose gold accents, for an indulgent yet innovative product. The shaver, cleansing brush and trimmer connect using intuitive SmartClick, while the wireless charging plate neatly charges the device and compatible mobile phones thanks to Qi technology.

 Today Philips Design has a team of more than 500 designers – one of the largest, most diverse of its kind in the world. The team includes 35 nationalities, located in 15 design studios around the world – from Netherlands, to Asia and the US.

 Philips Design dedicates its iF design awards to our colleague and friend Annemieke Strous. http://ifworlddesignguide.com/annemieke-strous-memorium

 Since 1953, iF has been dedicated to organizing fair, independent and reputable design awards and has thus gained a top position in the international award spectrum. Representing excellent design and outstanding design achievements, the iF seal of quality is recognized the world over, with registrants ranging from automotive companies to individual design studios. The iF ranking represents the overall results of all iF Design Awards from the last three years.

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Philips tackles biggest health IT challenges with connected health software, solutions and services at HIMSS 2016



•       Enterprise clinical informatics and advanced patient monitoring captures data and presents actionable insights to better manage personal and population health
•       Integrated solutions and services connect clinical data from the hospital into the home to deliver timely access to patient information to help improve outcomes
•       Philips executives join leaders from premier health systems to discuss emerging connected health technologies and innovation driving health IT

 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced its participation in the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS16), taking place February 29 – March 4 in Las Vegas, Nev. Committed to helping health care organizations meet their biggest health IT challenges, Philips will showcase connected digital health solutions and services to help improve and optimize chronic disease management, care coordination, and personal and population health.

“We are in the midst of one of the most challenging times in health care history, facing growing and aging populations, the rise of chronic diseases and global resource constraints, and the transition to value-based care,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics, Philips. “These challenges demand connected health IT solutions that integrate, collect, combine and deliver quality data for actionable insights to help improve patient outcomes, reduce costs and improve access to quality care.”

Interoperable software and solutions connecting care for continuous health
 Philips will showcase advanced technology and connected health solutions addressing issues that are top of mind for health care administrators, health IT executives, clinical informatics professionals and patients. The Philips booth (#3416) will spotlight integrated software solutions and services that enable care providers to make fast, informed decisions and help health IT professionals manage the large amount of patient data coming into the system.

 Philips will feature its population health predictive algorithms using robust population data and deep clinical expertise to detect patterns and predict risks before they happen. Also showcased will be Philips care coordination and telehealth solutions, enabling care teams to stay continuously connected to patients at home while helping to prevent costly hospital readmissions. Visitors to the Philips booth will also experience Philips’ connected digital health tools helping to improve the daily lives of patients coping with chronic diseases by reducing complexity, seamlessly tracking their condition, and providing proactive support to keep them living healthier and longer.

 Areas of focus include Enterprise Clinical Informatics, featuring Philips’ award-winning IntelliSpace Portal, the 2015/2016 KLAS category leader for Enterprise Advanced Visualization. Philips informatics and advanced analytics deliver data that is easily accessible, contextually relevant and helps to drive actionable insights to improve patient care. Highlights include integrated solutions and services in key areas of:
•       Precision diagnostics;
•       Patient & staff safety;
•       Intelligent, universal  data management;
•       Medical imaging and visualization; and
•       Acute patient informatics.

 Philips will introduce its new highly scalable, high-performance data management solution in collaboration with Hitachi Data Systems. Another service making its debut at HIMSS is the new rapid cloud-based recovery service for healthcare data that has been developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services. This new service can move the entire data repository for any healthcare organization to the cloud in days instead of months.

 The Philips booth will also feature integrated solutions focused on the Connected Patient and Population Health, aimed to improve the daily lives of patients coping with chronic diseases and individuals focused on their health and wellness, while also helping care teams stay connected to patients.  Solution highlights include:
•       Health Cloud Services centered on the Philips HealthSuite digital platform, an open, secure cloud-based platform that powers solutions that can collect, compile, store and analyze clinical and other data from multiple devices and sources;
•       Telehealth and care coordination;
•       Home care and predictive analytics;
•       Sleep and respiratory therapies; and
•       Consumer health & wellness.

 Philips executives and customer leadership presentations
 Philips will host multiple HealthTech Talks throughout HIMSS16 in the Forum area of their booth, featuring connected health thought leadership presentations and open discussions with customers and key opinion leaders. The full schedule of talks – which will feature health advocate, author and TV talk personality Leeza Gibbons and Philips customers Westchester Medical Center (WMCHealth), Banner Health, Partners Healthcare, UCHealth and more – is available here.

 Philips will also host HealthSuite LIVE! sessions, an exclusive invite-only experience, to demonstrate how Philips collaborates with health care organizations to co-innovate and help solve their biggest health IT challenges.

 Beyond the show floor, Philips will have a significant presence at the HX360TM exclusive Executive Leadership forum addressing how emerging technologies and business model changes will transform care:
 •       Healthcare Beyond the Bedside: A People-Focused Approach to Innovation: On Monday, February 29 at 1:30 p.m. PST, Carla Kriwet, CEO of Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions, will present an HX360 session on how Philips is working with research partners to enhance care in the ICU utilizing cloud-based technology.
•       Fireside Chat with Frans van Houten: In addition to participating in an invite-only roundtable with industry leaders, Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips, will also participate in a Fireside Chat facilitated by veteran technology reporter David Kirkpatrick of Techonomy on Tuesday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. PST.
•       Innovation & the Future of Diabetes Care: On Tuesday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. PST, Jeroen Tas, CEO of Connected Care and Health Informatics, will explore cutting-edge innovations and the future of diabetes management.

 Philips executives will also participate in discussions centered on key issues facing health IT executives and practitioners both as part of HIMSS16 and its interactive destinations:
•       Volume-Based to Value-Based Care at a Pioneer ACO: On Thursday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. PST, Manu Varma, Head of Strategy for Hospital to Home at Philips, will participate in a panel session alongside Julie Reisetter, CNO at Banner Health.
•       Connected Health Experience pavilion is the show’s destination for connected patients, telemedicine, remote patient monitoring and games for health:
 o       Helping Seniors Age Well with Continuous Health – Kimberly O’Loughlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Home Monitoring, and Philips spokesperson and health advocate Leeza Gibbons will present on Tuesday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. PST.
 o       Continuous Health for the Connected Patient – Varma will also present on Wednesday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m. PST.
•       Interoperability Showcase (Booth #11954): A demonstration of cutting edge technologies and standards-based systems that advance connected health and care:
 o       Francois Andry, Sr. Director Enterprise Architecture, will discuss interoperability with the Philips HealthSuite digital platform on Tuesday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m. PST.
 o       Andrew Arthur, M.S., Sr. Director Engineering, will present on the seamless data interoperability journey on Wednesday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m. PST.

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Philips and Allianz Worldwide Partners launch connected health solution and services in Germany



February 25 2016,  14.41 PM IST || Pocket News Alert


 Philips personal health programs* include a combination of connected health measurement devices, app-based health programs and personal coaching

 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) and Allianz Worldwide Partners entered a partnership focusing on connected health solutions and services in Germany. The personal health programs* are designed for and tailored to motivate people to make healthy choices in their lifestyle, as active health management is necessary to stem the rising tide of chronic diseases. The health programs leverage Philips’ deep healthcare and consumer expertise are offered across employers as an instrument for occupational health, insurers and consumers.

“With ageing populations and in some cases poor lifestyle choices, the risk of chronic diseases are ever increasing, with significant impacts on the individuals and on the healthcare system,” said Caroline Clarke, CEO Population Health Management at Philips. “We want to help people take more control over their health.”

Participants in the Philips personal health programs receive one or more devices, a smart phone app, digital content, and regular coaching sessions from Allianz Global Assistance, the German  entity of Allianz Worldwide Partners. These coaching calls are conducted by a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, a nutritionist or a physiologist depending on the program. The healthcare professionals give participants the chance to get more insight into their lifestyle and get personal advice and help change their habits.

“Our multi-modal prevention programs combine modern Philips technology and digital know how with personalized coaching programs and aim at sustainable lifestyle change in the fields of nutrition, exercise and stress management, which are widely accepted as the key to prevent chronic diseases,” said Dr. Steffen Krotsch, Head of Innovation, Allianz Worldwide Partners. “The coaching adds the personal touch, education on medical topics and friendly reminders to sustain the improved lifestyle.”

The health measurement devices that gather information for the Philips personal health programs are all Bluetooth enabled, connecting wirelessly to the Philips HealthSuite Health app so users can conveniently track their measurements over time. They form part of Philips’ connected health propositions that all link through the Philips HealthSuite digital platform, an open and secure platform that collects and analyzes health and other data from multiple devices and sources. The health measurement devices used for the programs include:

•       The Philips Health band – empowers you to live a healthier life by tracking your activity, heart rate and sleep
•       The Philips wrist blood pressure monitor – a compact and easy-to-carry device that allows you to measure your systolic & diastolic blood pressure as well as your heart rate. Is rechargeable via USB.
•       The Philips body analysis scale – an elegant device that measures weight, estimates body fat through Bio-Impedance Analysis, and calculates BMI. Supports the entire family with up to eight user profiles.

 *The Philips health programs and health measurement devices are not currently available for sale in the USA.

Philips and Allianz Worldwide Partners launch connected health solution and services in Germany

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Philips enters new agreement on patient monitoring systems and software with the Stockholm County Council




February 25 2016,  13.42 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Stockholm, Sweden – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced that it has signed a new agreement with the Stockholm County Council on patient monitoring systems and software for the Karolinska University Hospital, which comprises the New Karolinska Solna University Hospital and the Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge.

 As part of the agreement, Philips will deliver patient monitoring systems and clinical decision support applications that can be used to monitor a patient’s vital signs including the respiratory rate, pulse, blood pressure and temperature.

“The deterioration of a patient’s condition is often preceded by physiological changes that can be detected up to 24 hours before a serious event,” said Håkan Skytt, Customer Manager at Philips Sweden. “Changes in a patient’s vital signs are frequently an indication that the patient’s condition is worsening and that there is an increased risk of complications. Constant monitoring of the vital signs will allow any subtle changes to be detected and addressed in a timely manner.”

The new agreement further includes an innovation collaboration to jointly develop next-generation solutions for patient-centric care.

“For Philips, strategic partnerships with leading healthcare providers such as Karolinka University Hospital are an important and effective way to create innovative health technologies that can both streamline and enhance the delivery of care,” said Johan Folkunger, General Manager of Philips’ Health Systems businesses in Sweden.

 Philips’ patient monitoring systems can measure and collect a patient’s vital signs and allow remote monitoring from a central workstation as well as bedside monitoring at an individual patient’s bedside. The data can be readily accessed and used by the relevant staff for the adequate delivery of care. The collected data is stored centrally at the Karolinska University Hospital and can be used for the delivery of care, quality enhancement and clinical research.

 The New Karolinska Solna University Hospital is currently being constructed and will be admitting the first patients in the fourth quarter of 2016. The majority of the construction work is expected to be finalized in the course of 2017 and the hospital is planned to be fully operational in 2018. Karolinska University Hospital is one of the world’s leading academic hospitals, and its new site will reinforce its position in the field of highly specialized medical care.

 The New Karolinska Solna University Hospital will implement a patient-centric approach to healthcare and deploy care pathways in which patient care, clinical research and training have been integrated. This is fully in line with Philips’ mission to develop meaningful innovations that make a difference for consumers, patients and healthcare providers.

Philips enters new agreement on patient monitoring systems and software with the Stockholm County Council


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Philips increases sales of Green Products to 54% of total sales



February 23 2016,  13.36 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today reported further progress in its sustainability performance in 2015 with Green Product revenue increasing to EUR 13 billion, now representing 54% of total revenue [1]. In 2015, Philips invested EUR 495 million in Green Innovation and reduced its carbon footprint by 7% compared to 2014.

“We again delivered on our sustainability commitments, driven by our EcoVision program, showcasing the success of our continued focus to deliver on our mission and vision to improve people’s lives with our meaningful innovations,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. “We improved the lives of 2 billion people [2] around the world in 2015, and I am proud that we will continue with the next 5-year sustainability program that we will announce in the second quarter of 2016.”

Philips was recognized in 2015 as a world leader for corporate action on climate change, achieving a perfect score in the CDP Climate Change survey for the third year in a row, and being named Leader in the Industrial Conglomerates category in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. At the 2015 Paris climate conference, Philips committed to making its operations carbon neutral by 2020.

 In 2015, Philips increased the level of materials delivered for recycling to 83% of its total waste, up from 80% in 2014. The company also continued its sustainability drive across its portfolio. For example, Healthcare added an energy-efficient CryoCompressor to its MRI systems, with energy savings in various non-scanning modes of 30-40%. In Lighting, Los Angeles became the first city in the world to control its street lighting through an advanced Philips management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies, leading to significant energy efficiency benefits. In Consumer Lifestyle, continued green investments resulted in high Green Product sales in all business groups.

 The Philips 2015 sustainability update is an integral part of the Philips 2015 Annual Report. [http://www.annualreport.philips.com/]

 [1] Green Products need to prove leadership in at least one Green Focal Area compared to industry standards. Green Focal Areas are: Energy efficiency, Packaging, Hazardous substances, Weight, Recycling and disposal and Lifetime reliability.

 [2] Market intelligence and statistical data are used for the number of people touched by our solutions that contribute to a healthy life or a sustainable planet. The average time these solutions are used is then multiplied by the number of solutions delivered in a year. After elimination of double counts, this results into the number of lives improved.

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Four leading U.S. health systems sign on to improve ICU care with Philips enterprise telehealth programs



February 22 2016,  19.41 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

•       Multi-year agreements for telemonitoring of ICU patients will allow health systems to expand  24/7 intensivist-led care to wider geographies for hundreds of ICU beds and thousands of ICU cases each year
•       New eICU programs will help health systems reduce ICU and hospital stays,  and potentially  lower mortality rates and care costs

 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced four leading U.S. health systems have signed multi-year telehealth agreements with Philips to implement its remote intensive care unit (eICU) program. These new population health management engagements include agreements with royachester Medical Center Health Network in New York, Baptist Memorial Health Care in Tennessee and BJC HealthCare in Missouri and will further extend Philips’ eICU reach by hundreds of beds and thousands of ICU cases each year. Over the past 15 years, the program has been implemented in more than 50 health systems and 500 hospitals in the U.S. to deliver care throughout 3.5 million ICU patient stays [1].

“As health systems seek to improve patient outcomes while lowering costs, healthcare leaders often first look at the ICU since it can account for 50 percent of mortality and a third of hospital costs,” said Derek Smith, General Manager, Hospital to Home at Philips. “The level of care required by these patients demands continuous monitoring. The explosive growth of telehealth in recent years proves the need for these unique delivery models that provide the best care, while addressing the demand to reduce costs.”

The conditions of ICU patients can deteriorate rapidly. The eICU program’s telehealth team of remote specialists continuously monitor patients to support the bedside team and proactively identify issues and intervene before they become significant problems. The eICU telehealth team has access to Philips advanced analytics that can process large amounts of data from more than 150 patients, along with data visualization tools that allow clinicians to focus on those  patients who need their attention first.

“Ensuring the best care possible for patients takes on a new meaning when their condition is critical,” said Corey Scurlock, M.D., Medical Director for the Westchester Medical Center Health Network’s eHealth Center. “While our on-site staff is exceptionally capable, the additional support that a specialized telehealth program like Philips offers empowers us to oversee a larger population and have a deeper insight into those at the greatest risk of needing intervention immediately.”

Ultimately, this type of proactive care can help improve clinical and financial outcomes. Compared to patients receiving usual ICU care, patients who received ICU care from a hospital with an eICU program were 26% more likely to survive and discharged from the ICU 20% faster [2]. Additionally, on average, tele-ICUs result in USD 5,000 in cost savings per patient [3], and USD 1.2 million in savings due to reduced transfers [4].

 As the population in the U.S. ages, demand for critical care is rising at a time when the industry is facing a chronic shortage of intensivists. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, the intensivist shortage will become increasingly challenging, with supply meeting only 22 percent of the demand for services by 2020 [5]. Consequently, ICU patients are often cared for by non-specialists. Telehealth enables intensivists to cover wider geographies and provide access to care to more people, while patients stay in their local hospitals. This helps them avoid both transportation costs and the stress of transferring to other critical care centers, while still giving them access to the specialized care they need.

 The Philips eICU program is part of a suite of enterprise telehealth solutions delivered by Philips Hospital to Home to help improve outcomes, provide better value and expand access to care. Programs help address multiple cohorts within a population ranging from highest cost patients with intensive ambulatory care and acute needs, to discharge transition and chronic patient management, to  prevention and wellness for the general population. These programs use a proactive care model to clinically transform the delivery of care to address growing clinician shortages while improving patient outcomes.

 Philips will be showcasing its integrated telehealth solutions and services at booth #3416 at the HIMSS 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, taking place Feb. 29 – Mar. 4, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. For updates on Philips’ presence at HIMSS, follow @PhilipsLiveFrom and visit www.philips.com/HIMSS.

 [1]     Data are rounded figures based on a query of the eICU Research Institute database conducted in December 2015.
 [2]     Lilly CM, et al. A Multi-center Study of ICU Telemedicine Reengineering of Adult Critical Care. CHEST. 2014 Mar 1; 145(3): 500-7.
 [3]     TeleICUproject with University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. November 17, 2008.
 [4]     Zawada, et al.  Impact of an Intensive Care Unit Telemedicine Program on a Rural Health Care System. Postgrad Med J, 2009; 121(3):160-70.
 [5]     Angus DC, et al. Current and Projected Workforce Requirements for Care of the Critically Ill and Patients With Pulmonary Disease. JAMA. 2000 Dec 6; 284(21): 2762-70.

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Philips to introduce next-generation monitoring solution enabled by wearable biosensors



February 22 2016,  19.15 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

•       Solution to seamlessly connect wearable biosensor, clinical decision support software and services
•       Medical-grade, wearable biosensor automatically and continuously measures heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature, single-lead ECG, posture and activity data for at-risk patients in low acuity settings in the hospital
•       New biosensor-enabled solution to help caregivers detect early signs of patient deterioration and intervene early

 Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced that it will introduce a next-generation monitoring solution for at-risk patients in low acuity hospital settings, such as the general ward. As an industry-first, the new medical-grade biosensor enabled solution demonstrates Philips continuing commitment to better addressing clinicians’ and patients’ needs through monitoring.

 Unlike fitness trackers and consumer focused wearables, the new medical-grade, connected biosensor automatically and continuously measures clinically relevant vital signs including heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature and more. The biosensor then transmits the data it collects to a connected clinical decision support software application, where the software can be configured to promptly notify the appropriate caregiver or clinician when preset limits are exceeded.

“Driven by Philips’ strong patient monitoring heritage, we are entering the emerging growth market of mobile health enabled solutions and services,” said Carla Kriwet, CEO Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions at Philips. “We envision a future where patients enabled by connected health technologies will recover faster with fewer complications and greater peace of mind in the hospital and subsequently at home. We see the potential for connected sensing solutions and the value created by the rich and actionable data they generate to have a very positive impact on the chronically ill by helping to reduce associated costly adverse events, complications, unplanned transfers back to the ICU and longer lengths of hospitalization.”

Philips’ creation of this solution began from conversations with providers looking for rapid co-creation models to address specific issues, such as helping at-risk patients in low acuity hospital areas through recovery and transition to home care. Philips plans to introduce a portfolio of integrated solutions which will connect to analytics tools and dashboards with the goal to give clinicians actionable insights to help improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and improve access to care.

 Due to a growing aging population and a rising number of people with chronic diseases contributing to 86 percent of health care costs [1], healthcare stakeholders are seeking more cost-effective ways to monitor, diagnose and treat patients. While Philips personal health programs will help consumers develop healthier habits for life and potentially prevent illness, Philips’ connected health solutions for professional healthcare applications, including the wearable biosensor, are designed to help patients in low-acuity areas of the hospital transition home.


Philips to introduce rapid cloud-based recovery service for healthcare data in collaboration with Amazon Web Services

•         Powered by Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform and Amazon Web Services, new rapid secure data backup service can move the entire data repository for any healthcare organization to the cloud in days instead of months
•         Philips cloud-enabled storage service aims to remove time and cost barriers for healthcare organizations adopting cloud-based data recovery

 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced the introduction of a secure data recovery service, built in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), that rapidly captures and backs up an entire healthcare organization’s data repository in the cloud. Specifically tailored to meet the needs of medical data backup, Philips’ new storage service helps healthcare enterprises to further secure patient-critical information against local data loss events, ranging from equipment failure to catastrophic events such as earthquake, fire and flood. With this new storage solution, Philips and AWS continue to strengthen their collaboration to deliver innovative solutions that accelerate the industry’s transformation toward a more connected, value-based, patient-centered care model.

 Due to the increased use of medical imaging and the emerging use of digital pathology and genomics in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, healthcare organizations need to store and backup ever-increasing amounts of data. A typical hospital's data repository can easily exceed hundreds of terabytes to petabytes and is often fragmented across the facility, making the transfer of data to remote back-up services, even via high-speed leased-line broadband connections, prohibitively time consuming and expensive. Because of these limitations, many healthcare organizations currently rely on local backup servers directly connected to their internal network that do not guarantee recoverability of the data in the event of a catastrophic failure.
 Philips’ new hybrid storage solution combines the company’s expertise in medical data management with AWS’ petabyte-scale data transport service, AWS Import/Export Snowball, to integrate, manage, encrypt and transfer a hospital's entire data repository to the cloud within days, rather than the weeks or months it would take via a wired network. Using the Philips data recovery service, a hospital organization’s IT department simply plugs an AWS Import/Export Snowball device into its network, invokes the appropriate security features, and transfers the required data to the unit. The device is then physically shipped back and the data transferred to Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform, an open cloud-based platform that allows the creation of the next generation of connected health and clinical IT innovations.

 Vendor neutral in terms of the type, format and source of the data, the Philips solution manages security, identity and access, auditing, logging and traceability associated with medical data backup. The goal is to deliver a service that would meet the requirements of the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by the second half of 2016.

 In addition to meeting one-time backup requirements, Philips’ HealthSuite data recovery storage service is designed to assist in meeting the ongoing backup needs of healthcare IT departments. One or more of AWS’ 50 terabyte data transport devices will remain on-site to provide a local backup, from which all or parts of the data can be quickly recovered. Philips HealthSuite digital platform will provide users with the option of adding powerful data analytics, such as population studies, and sophisticated reporting features. It will also offer them the ability to transfer files to or from the cloud via a secure Philips network connection.

“Due to the nature of their data, many healthcare organizations have understandably in the past adopted in-house solutions, but the explosion in the amount of data they now need to secure, together with new regulatory requirements, mean that they need to adopt a different approach,” said Dale Wiggins, General Manager HealthSuite digital platform, Philips. “By working together with AWS we can offer our customers a next-generation solution enabled by our HealthSuite platform that removes the time and cost barriers of cloud-based healthcare data backup and management.”

 “We’re excited to bring the value of the cloud to even more healthcare organizations in collaboration with Philips,” said Bill Vass, Vice President, AWS Storage Solutions. “By combining the expertise of Philips’ HealthSuite with the power of our AWS Import/Export Snowball service, which transfers petabyte-scale data with secure appliances into and out of AWS, healthcare customers will be able to securely and reliably back up their important patient data to the cloud.”

An early adopter of AWS technologies, Philips previously announced a collaboration with AWS focused on the AWS IoT service to enable an ecosystem for new types of connected and personalized eHealth solutions.

 Philips will showcase its new HealthSuite recovery data management solution at booth #3416 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, taking place Feb. 29 - March 4, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV. For updates, follow @PhilipsLiveFrom or visit www.philips.com/himss for more information on Philips’ presence at #HIMSS16.

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Philips and Hitachi Data Systems to deliver next-generation data management solution for healthcare organization-wide access to billions of medical images



• New Vendor Neutral Archiving  solution delivers medical images from all disciplines to clinicians across multiple departments and locations within the health system in less than 3 second
• Powered by Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform, solution combines standards-based interoperability, scalability and high-speed performance to help reduce costs and avoid repeat exams

February 18 2016,  18.51 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced a collaboration with Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd (TSE: 6501), to deliver a highly scalable, high-performance Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) solution. A VNA is a universal data management solution in which medical images, documents and potentially other clinically relevant data are archived in a standard format, allowing them to be rapidly accessed in a vendor neutral manner by other informatics systems. The collaboration combines Philips' expertise in enterprise medical image management solutions with Hitachi’s digital health data management capabilities. Philips plans to launch the solution in the second half of 2016, further complementing the company’s portfolio of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and image analysis solutions.

 This advanced VNA addresses the biggest challenges healthcare organizations face in making their many millions of images, often stored in multivendor systems and infrastructures from various departments, rapidly available to virtually any clinician at any location within the health system. In less than 3 seconds, clinicians can access relevant multi-discipline medical imaging information in order to obtain a more complete and integrated view of an individual patient's medical condition over time, with the aim of improving patient outcomes.

“Conventional VNA solutions have struggled to satisfy the performance and scalability requirements of large healthcare enterprises. Together with Hitachi, we have been working on the development of a robust and secure solution that will integrate the entire medical imaging portfolio in one universal data management platform that is highly scalable, standards based and delivers the performance our customers need,” said Yair Briman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare IT, Philips. “We know from conversations with our customers that such a solution is needed to support healthcare enterprises in their efforts to deliver better patient care at lower cost.”

With rapid advancements in medical imaging, and its increased use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, healthcare organizations face challenges with storing and retrieving imaging data in ever-increasing volumes, varieties, and file sizes. Many of Philips’ premier health system customers are generating over 2 million medical images per week. These images range from X-ray, CT and MR-scans made by their radiology, cardiology and oncology departments to the digital photos taken by dermatology and plastic surgery as part of a consultation. A single radiology or cardiology scan, for example, can easily generate several hundred megabytes of data. An even greater data explosion is on the horizon as digital pathology and genomics data storage become more widely adopted. However, today's images are often still held in decentralized systems unable to connect - for example, separate radiology, cardiology and dermatology databases.

 There is a growing need for an enterprise-wide solution that offers high-speed universal access to imaging data for the different clinical settings that can help contain costs, avoid repeat exams, and improve patient outcomes. For Chief Information Officers (CIOs) at healthcare enterprises looking to implement more effective data management strategies with centralized access using VNAs, high-speed on-demand delivery of large medical images to the clinicians who need them remains a challenge.

 The Philips data management solution will leverage Philips’ proven ability to manage more than 135 billion medical images and is enabled by its HealthSuite digital-platform, an open hybrid on-premise and cloud-based platform that allows the creation of the next generation of connected health and clinical IT innovations. It will deliver high-speed performance for the universal hospital-wide management of medical images, while also adhering to the standards-based interoperability needed by institutions to leverage existing investments. Combined with Hitachi Data Systems’ experience in information protection, consolidation, archiving and searching, the result is a highly scalable and flexible solution that can cope with vastly growing amounts of data without compromising performance or speed of response. It is designed to be future-proof with the aim to integrate and store data coming from other sources such as EMRs, patient monitoring systems, and emerging technologies such as digital pathology and genomics.

“The ability to provide anytime, anywhere access to medical imaging and digital health records across the enterprise is an enormous opportunity for healthcare providers in their unending quest for better outcomes and higher quality of care,” said William A. Burns, Vice President, Global Health and Life Sciences, Hitachi Data Systems. “Together with Philips, we are committed to addressing the need for integrated and homogeneous universal clinical data management and orchestration to give clinicians the access and data insights to achieve this goal.”

 Philips will showcase its new data management solution at booth #3416 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, taking place Feb. 29 - March 4, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV. For updates, follow @PhilipsLiveFrom  or visit www.philips.com/HIMSS for more information on Philips’ presence at #HIMSS16.

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Henry Ford Health System is eighth U.S. health system in six months’ time to adopt Philips’ predictive analytics solution as health systems seek to identify at-risk elderly patients at home



February 9 2016,  19.34 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

•       Philips’ CareSage predictive analytics engine supports population health efforts to drive improved patient satisfaction, reduce costs and avoid unnecessary readmissions
•       Eight leading US health systems adopt CareSage to monitor fall risk for up to 6,500 discharged patients per month

 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced the growing adoption of its predictive analytics engine CareSage with health organizations across the U.S. such as Henry Ford Health System, a leading comprehensive, integrated U.S. health system, with whom the company recently signed an agreement. Using Philips’ Lifeline technology, CareSage enables hospitals and health systems to manage their patient populations by proactively identifying at-risk patients most likely to need an emergency transport in the next 30 days, helping prevent avoidable hospitalizations.

 Since CareSage’s commercial availability in the second half of last year, eight U.S. health systems have signed on to support an initial population of 6,500 elderly patients per month. Next to Henry Ford Health System (Michigan), these systems include Roper St. Francis (South Carolina), Peninsula Regional Medical Center (Maryland), Carondelet Home Care (Kansas/Missouri), Delmar Gardens Home Care (Missouri) and Presence Care @ Home (Illinois).

 CareSage provides analysis of real-time and historical data from health care providers and Philips Lifeline’s AutoAlert technology to focus on senior patients when they return home after a hospital visit or home health care period. The predictive analytics tool identifies patients most likely to need to be transported to a hospital within the next 30 days so clinicians can provide timely intervention. Part of Philips’ continued effort to support this population, CareSage is being built on Philips’ cloud-based HealthSuite digital platform, a multivendor, open and scalable Platform-as-a-Service that supports the development of connected health solutions.

“Health systems continue to face increased pressures to reduce costs, especially within a growing senior patient population living with multiple chronic conditions that affect their lives and the lives of their caregivers each day,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics, Philips. “The enthusiasm we are seeing for CareSage demonstrates the commitment of these leading health care systems to better monitor and care for elderly patients. Our forty years of experience in supporting seniors, combined with our deep knowledge in advanced analytics for patient monitoring has enabled us to offer a powerful tool that provides hospitals, health systems and clinicians with actionable insights to help improve patient outcomes.”

 “As we continue to work towards improving patient care, addressing the hospitalization rates of our at-risk elderly patients is a critical step,” said Mary Hagen, e-Home Care Supervisor at Henry Ford Health System. “Working with Philips to implement predictive analytics into the home monitoring services that we offer our patients will help identify those in need of early intervention and improve how we deliver care to help patients stay out of the hospital and live independently.”

Seniors use more health care per capita than any other group [1], and this will only increase as the population grows – currently 5percent of patients account for 50 percent of Medicare health care spending [2]. By 2060, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to be 98 million [3], and poor care transitions are a top cause of unnecessary readmissions, emergency department visits and hospitalizations of seniors. As the industry evolves toward a value-based care model, health systems are looking to use predictive analytics to extend care to the home while reducing costs and readmissions and providing better patient outcomes for this high cost group.

 Philips will be showcasing its CareSage technology at booth #3416 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, taking place Feb. 29 – March 4, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV. For updates on Philips’ presence at HIMSS, follow @PhilipsLiveFrom and visit www.philips.com/HIMSS.



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First patient treated with LC Bead LUMI™ radiopaque embolic bead supported by Philips live image guidance




February 4 2016,  13.59 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Collaboration brings new tools to interventional radiologists and oncologists to help treat liver cancer and enhanced patient care

 London, UK and Amsterdam, the Netherlands - BTG plc (LSE: BTG), a global specialist healthcare company, and Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA), a global leader in image-guided therapy, announced today a significant milestone in their collaboration with the treatment of the first liver cancer patient with LC Bead LUMI™ in conjunction with Philips live image guidance, targeting a hypervascular tumor with the goal to block blood flow to achieve tumor necrosis.

 Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the world [1], and one of the most challenging to treat. Each year, more than 700,000 patients worldwide are diagnosed with liver cancer [2]. Interventional embolization is an option for some patients with tumors that cannot be removed by surgery.

 The first patient treated signals the next stage in commercializing next generation embolic beads, which can be visualized during interventional procedures, allowing enhanced visualization to evaluate completeness of tumor treatment. As a result of the collaboration between BTG and Philips, for the first time doctors will be able to see rather than assume the location of the LC Bead LUMI™, in order to deliver their treatment with more confidence when treating liver cancer.

 "The aim with this new radiopaque embolic bead and visualization technology is to provide clinicians like me the ability to make real-time adjustments while conducting the embolization procedure, so that we can optimize patients' treatment and hopefully improve targeting accuracy," said Bradford Wood, M.D., Director of the NIH Center for Interventional Oncology [3] and Chief of Interventional Radiology. "It is reassuring for the clinician and the patient to know that the treatment was delivered exactly where it was aimed, and where it was needed. Treating the first patient using LC Bead LUMI™ in combination with dedicated Philips 2D X-ray and 3D CBCT image guidance is a milestone in our public-private partnership with both of our industry research partners. The imaging of the beads during this first procedure was exquisite and provided valuable information."

 By enabling visualization of beads during an embolization procedure, LC Bead LUMI™ will help embolization technology achieve its full potential. LC Bead LUMI™ has been developed with revolutionary radiopacity technology in collaboration with Philips that enables real-time visualization of bead location during embolization. LC Bead LUMI™, supported by Philips live image guidance, has the potential to offer interventional radiologists more control, allowing enhanced visualization to evaluate the completeness of tumor treatment and end-point determination.

 "BTG continues to advance its leadership in Interventional Medicine by actively listening to our customers and providing creative solutions to meet their clinical needs," said Peter Pattison, Interventional Oncology General Manager, BTG. "Several years ago, we began scientific collaboration with Philips to evaluate the benefits of better image-guided therapy and this venture resulted in the ability to calibrate Philips' imaging software to LC Bead LUMI™. The clinical impact of the BTG-Philips collaboration is now helping interventional radiologists and multi-disciplinary teams make enhanced treatment decisions for patients with liver cancer."

 "Minimally-invasive therapy procedures provide key benefits for healthcare systems and patients, and intelligent image guidance is an essential part of these procedures,” said Ronald Tabaksblat, Business Leader Image Guided Therapy Systems at Philips. “We aim to continuously improve Image Guided Therapy and our collaboration with BTG to provide enhanced visibility and guidance during interventional embolization procedures is another important milestone in this exciting journey to help deliver excellent treatment and enhanced patient care."

 LC Bead LUMI™ was cleared for clinical use in the US in December 2015 after extensive laboratory testing based on the clinical foundation of its predicate device, LC Bead®.

 BTG and Philips will showcase their advancements in interventional oncology at the upcoming symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology (CIO), taking place on February 6 and 7, 2016, in Hollywood, Florida.

 For information on BTG, visit http://www.btg-im.com, and to learn more about Philips integrated solutions for diagnostics and therapeutic oncology, please visit http://www.philips.com/io.


 [1]. World Health Organization (WHO). Cancer factsheet. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/. Last accessed January 25, 2016.
 [2]. American Cancer Society. What are the key statistics about liver cancer?. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/livercancer/detailedguide/liver-cancer-what-is-key-statistics. Last accessed January 25, 2016.
 [3]. NIH does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of authors expressed here do not necessarily state or reflect those of the US Government or the NIH, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

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Philips teams up with Validic to integrate personal health data from third-party devices and apps into connected health services



February 3 2016,  19.45 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

 Collaboration enables the integration of consumer-generated health data into Philips cloud-based HealthSuite digital platform to power connected health solutions and services

 Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Durham, NC – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced it is further enabling connected health by signing an agreement with Validic, a U.S.-based fast-growing company that pioneers a technology platform for connectivity and access to digital health data from clinical and remote-monitoring devices, sensors, fitness equipment, wearables and patient wellness applications.

 The collaboration with Validic – whose platform reaches approximately 223 million people in 47 countries – will offer Philips opportunities to expand the breadth and depth of its connected health solutions such as its Personal Health Programs, Lifeline medical alert services and eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion eHealth applications with third-party device data. These connected health solutions and services have been designed to facilitate coordinated care across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention to diagnosis, treatment and home care. They have been built on Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform, an open cloud-based platform of services, capabilities and tools that allows for the creation of the next generation of connected health and wellness innovations.

“Being able to deliver the best care requires that healthcare providers have a comprehensive view of each patient’s health condition,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics, Philips. “Increasingly, health care is moving beyond the walls of the hospital, enabled by connected devices to monitor both health and care. We can now take a next step by securely combining the data generated by someone’s glucose meter and fitness tracker with their clinical data, so that caregivers can discover relevant and actionable insights for new models of personalized health management of their patients. Our collaboration with Validic helps to accelerate this step.”

The Philips HealthSuite digital platform enables connected health services by utilizing smart devices and mobile apps to help people make more confident health and lifestyle-related decisions. Through its integration capabilities with electronic medical records and other clinical data sources it also supports health systems in the delivery of care coordination solutions. Patients and their care providers are given actionable and longitudinal insight through the combination of clinical and personal health data. The collaboration with Validic will further augment the integration of consumer-generated personal health data from multivendor fitness wearables, remote monitoring devices and health apps, as well as medical devices like blood pressure cuffs, health patches and glucose meters, into existing and new connected health services.

“With a strong presence in both professional health care and consumer health spaces, Philips understands the global impact of people better managing and engaging with their health. They also recognize the industry need for making this remotely collected health data actionable for care providers,” said Ryan Beckland, CEO and co-founder of Validic. “Philips and Validic share a similar vision on connected health and recognize the importance of leveraging digital health data collected outside of the clinical setting to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes.”

The Philips HealthSuite digital platform supports enterprise application development with services specialized for the secure collection of health, wellness and clinical data, allowing for aggregation, analysis and actionable insights. As new digital health technologies rapidly become available, Philips’ customers – both patients and clinicians – will be able to accelerate the adoption of connected health services by utilizing smart devices and mobile apps to make more confident health and lifestyle-related decisions. Philips also offers its HealthSuite digital platform as a scalable and secure Platform-as-a-Service for custom connected health application development and deployment.

 For more information on how Philips is connecting care for continuous health with its digital health solutions, visit the Philips booth (#3416) at the HIMSS 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibition at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, February 29 – March 4.

 Join Jeroen Tas for a Live Webinar on February 19 at 1:00 PM EST on the topic of “Cloud Powering the Connected Health Continuum,” and hear more about the latest developments on connected and integrated healthcare delivery, enabled by Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform.
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Philips appoints Jean Botti as Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer



January 29 2016,  13.39 PM IST || Pocket News Alert


 Appointment strengthens Philips’ health technology innovation drive

 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced the appointment of Jean Botti as Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer as part of the company’s strategy to capture a larger portion of the HealthTech opportunities. Jean Botti, who will join Philips as of April 1, 2016 from Airbus Group (AIR), will become a member of Philips’ Executive Committee and will report directly to Philips CEO Frans van Houten. Jean Botti will succeed Jim Andrew, who left Philips in the fourth quarter of 2015 for personal reasons.

“I am very pleased that Jean Botti has decided to join Philips on our journey to extending our leadership in health technology, capitalizing on opportunities arising from the consumerization and industrialization of healthcare to transform the delivery of care,” said Frans van Houten. “Jean has had a remarkable and distinguished career and his achievements at Airbus are impressive, ranging from his ability to continually improve the company’s innovation capabilities and building intelligent systems, to embedding quality across the company’s value chain. His track record in driving innovation and change in high-tech industries will prove extremely valuable for Philips.”

Jean Botti (French, 1957) joins Philips from Airbus Group, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services, where he served as Chief Technical Officer since 2006. Prior to this, he worked in various roles in Europe and the U.S. at among others Renault and General Motors. He graduated from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Toulouse in 1986, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers in collaboration with the University of Michigan. Jean Botti also earned an MBA from Central Michigan University and a degree in Research and Development Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

”I am excited to join a company that has made it its mission to improve the lives of billions of people every year globally and that has such a strong track record in innovation, advanced technologies and design capabilities,” said Jean Botti. “I am convinced that my experience in the automotive and aviation industries in terms of digital transformation and process optimization will support Philips’ ambitions to drive the personalization and industrialization of care.”

The appointment of Jean Botti is the latest example of Philips’ efforts to align its organization in order to better capitalize on HealthTech market opportunities:

 Recently, and in addition to his role as CEO of Personal Health, Philips appointed Pieter Nota to the newly-created position of Chief Marketing Officer, whose role is to establish an integrated approach to marketing, building out Philips’ capabilities to drive marketing excellence in the rapidly changing world of health technology.

 Furthermore, Philips established the Monitoring, Informatics & Connected Care segment, led by Jeroen Tas and comprising Patient Care & Monitoring Solutions, Healthcare Informatics, Emerging Businesses and a newly created Population Health Management business.
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Philips and consortium led by GO Scale Capital terminate Lumileds transaction



January 22 2016,  12.20 PM IST || Pocket News Alert


- Parties withdraw CFIUS filing and terminate agreement, because of inability to resolve CFIUS’ unforeseen concerns
 - Philips is engaging with other parties that have expressed an interest in the Lumileds business
- Termination of the agreement does not impact Philips’ separation process

 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced that Philips and GO Scale Capital have terminated the agreement pursuant to which the consortium led by GO Scale Capital would acquire an 80.1% interest in Lumileds.

 Despite the extensive efforts of Philips and GO Scale Capital to mitigate the concerns of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), regulatory clearance has not been granted for this particular transaction.

”I am very disappointed about this outcome as this was a very good deal for both Lumileds and the GO Scale Capital-led consortium. This outcome does not, however, impact the fundamentals of the Lumileds business,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. “Lumileds is a highly successful supplier of lighting components to the general illumination, automotive and consumer electronics markets with a strong customer base. We will now engage with other parties that have expressed an interest in exploring strategic options for Lumileds to pursue more growth and scale.”

Frans van Houten added: “I would like to extend my appreciation to GO Scale Capital for having been a deeply committed partner to Philips during the transaction process.”

Lumileds has operations in more than 30 countries and employs approximately 8,800 employees worldwide. In 2015, it generated sales of approximately USD 2 billion.

 The termination of the transaction with GO Scale Capital does not involve a break fee nor impact the separation process of the remaining Lighting business from Royal Philips, which is being pursued as an independent transaction.

 Philips will continue to report the Lumileds business as discontinued operations.

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