Designing a hi-tech future for a 21st century NHS

March 25, 2014

Next generation healthcare tech showcased at 3rd Annual Innovation Summit in London


London, UK – From the potential uses  of Google GlassTM in operating theatres to the world’s first digital PET/CT scanner with Digital Photon Counting Technology, designed to significantly improve precision in cancer diagnosis, the 3rd Annual Philips Healthcare Innovation Summit is showcasing a variety of new innovations that will help mould the future of the NHS.


Opening today at the King’s Fund in London, more than a dozen breakthrough health care innovations are being unveiled over the course of the two day event, including:

  • A proof-of-concept demonstration of how Google GlassTM has the potential to significantly improve surgical efficiencies.
  • World’s first digital imaging innovations - Vereos digital PET/CT system, and IQon Spectral CT – both designed to help clinicians get answers first time around so that they can deliver accurate and more confident diagnoses to patients.
  • eICU – an evolution in telehealth technology that keeps 24/7 tabs on critically ill patients in NHS hospitals.
  • Prostaid - a prototype web-based tool designed to help tailor care for people newly diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • Medication Adherence tools for identifying non-adherence of medical regimes with the aim of helping improve medicine management of people living with chronic disease.


"Whilst the last decade was defined by the transformative impact of innovation in consumer technology – from the rise of social media to the birth of the smartphone, the next 10 years will be all about the impact of technology on people’s health and wellbeing," commented Neil Mesher, Managing Director of Philips Healthcare UK&I. "With the many economic challenges facing healthcare providers across the world, including the NHS, technologies like the eICU and Google GlassTM have the potential to deliver meaningful improvements in care which are not only cost efficient, but will ultimately help to save lives."


This year’s Innovation Summit will bring together industry leaders, scientists and academics from across the globe, to debate how innovative technologies can help the NHS deliver ‘value-based’ care – the answer to the key priorities for change identified by the King’s Fund in 20131  in health care transformation, including more proactive self-management of chronic diseases, empowerment of patient, and the need for more integrated models of care.


The Summit also coincides with the celebration of the 100th year of Philips Research, which over the last century has been responsible for developing dozens of groundbreaking healthcare innovations such as the X-ray tube with radiation protection in 1925, and a range of connected, remote and bedside patient monitoring solutions in more recent years.


For a full list of the featured innovations at the Summit, please see below:


Prevention and Patient self-management

  • Cardio-respiratory and Motion Monitoring Technology
  • Pain Management
  • Oral Healthcare
  • Self-management support – ACE


Advanced Clinical Excellence and Efficient Care

  • Digital pathology 
  • World firsts IQON – Spectral CT, and Vereos – digital PET/CTsystems
  • Interventional/Minimally Invasive Technology – application of Google Glass in surgery
  • Oncology Information Systems – Tumor Board Portal
  • Lighting transformation projects
  • eICU (Intensive Care Unit) implementation at London Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital


Integrated Care

  • Home Clinical Monitoring
  • Innovation in Discharge Management
  • Encore Anywhere – remote monitoring and data transmission system for patient data in sleep apnoea
  • UroNav
  • Prostaid - Prostate Cancer Counseling – web-based information supplying tool for prostate cancer patients to search for diagnosis information and tailored care options


More background information and images of the exhibited innovations can also be found via the link to the Innovation Summit online:


Philips Healthcare Innovation Summit 2014 – Press Pack


For more on Philips and Innovation go to:


1 C Naylor, Transforming our health care system: ten priorities for commissioners. The King’s Fund. Revised edition 1 April 2013. Available at


Interviews with Philips Healthcare executives and business group leaders are available upon request. To arrange, please contact:


Barbara Neate
Philips UK
Tel: +44 7771 814 778


About Royal Philips:

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at