Live more healthily with chronic conditions

Empowering our customers to live healthier lives is essential to the way our innovators work. In this digital age, it is even more important that our products are meaningful — that their usefulness is matched by their ability to improve the quality of our lives.

With this in mind, Philips entered into a unique collaboration with one of the most innovative university hospitals in Europe. Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands is the first European academic hospital to use the combined talents of Philips with its IT pioneer partner SalesForce to create wearable sensor technology to improve the treatment and lifestyles of patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
The sensors, connected to cloud-based technology, allow patients to be monitored around the clock so that they can take control of their own health as well as be given proactive support when needed. It's the kind of innovation that has transformed the life—and especially the mobility—of COPD awareness advocate Mark Junge. He says: "I can now see what I can and can't do. Instead of seeing my doctor twice a year for check-ups, I'd like to see what's going on throughout that time. I'd love to see how my heart and lungs are working on a day-to-day basis".

Detailed data from such real-time monitoring gives a complete picture of the patient, which enables doctors to give truly personalised advice".


Helping consumers with chronic conditions to live healthier lives, Philips blog 2014

Mark's newfound ability to have more control over monitoring his own health through the use of wearables is something that Jeroen Tas, the CEO of Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services at Philips, believes will transform the way chronic disease is treated. He says: "Together with Radboud Hospital, we can collaborate on the care for patients with chronic illnesses, creating an environment where patients are really empowered. With new wearable technologies, we can use sensors to track the patient's health measurements. The data is collected and the patient and provider can see what is happening in real time so providers can adjust treatments and patients can monitor their own condition".
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of Americans have multiple chronic conditions. People with multiple chronic conditions are at increased risk of mortality and poorer day-to-day functioning.


Citation: Philips Healthcare hospital to home (website)

For generations, the way healthcare has been administered has not changed — principally because the technology hasn't been there. Now we are on the cusp of a true revolution in how patients can look after their own health and providers are able to construct personalised treatment plans. For the first time, in fact, patients are effective partners in their own healthcare, no longer simply relying on getting better after falling ill, but taking their own positive, preventative actions.
Everyone has a loved one or knows someone who suffers from a chronic disease, whether it's heart failure, diabetes, a lung disease or cancer. They all need constant care and support to manage and control their condition in order to avoid complications. Healthcare is often still fragmented and managed around acute events, whereas chronic conditions need continuous care.
Effective delivery of continuous care is now possible through a combination of team-based models and digital technologies. Big data enables professionals to create a far more detailed and meaningful genetic analysis. 'Genotyping' can determine if people are likely to get certain diseases, and can help with diagnosis and finding the best treatment options. A type of big data, 'social data', can indicate a person's lifestyle, ability to comply with treatment plans and other factors, which will make it easier to assess whether individuals are at risk of contracting diseases. And then, with that kind of information, it's easier to determine the best personal treatment plans.
Detailed big data in healthcare from such real-time monitoring gives a complete picture of the patient, which enables doctors to give truly personalized advice – crucial in modern medicine. That data is sent via the cloud to the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform, where it is shared with the appropriate care providers via the eCareCoordinator application, presenting a comprehensive view of the patient’s illness. The aggregation and analysis of large amounts of data enables doctors to see patterns that they can use to support their decision-making. And ongoing monitoring and real-time analysis of the situation will lead to swift recognition and action when the situation of a patient is worsening and requires intervention.
This is the healthcare continuum brought alive and it is a model that can be replicated across the world, providing meaningful, personalised healthcare to patients whose ability to recover from serious disease is becoming greater than ever. Big data in combination with healthcare is one of the Philips Healthcare innovations that can help people to lead better lives.

50% of US healthcare spending is spent treating people with multiple chronic conditions?

False. 71% of US healthcare spending is spent treating people with multiple chronic conditions. Serving this population efficiently and effectively will require technology-enabled care programmes that will result in the desired clinical and financial outcome. Citation: Philips Hospital to Home - Chronic Diseases

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