Since 1891, Dutch electronics company Philips has been making lives brighter with its breakthrough innovations. Efficient light bulbs, X-ray devices, the CD and the recordable DVD are among the many projects Philips has developed.
In the USA, the multinational is revolutionizing healthcare by “bringing the hospital to the home,” as Gerard van Spaendonck, senior vice president of Philips Healthcare, likes to phrase it. “Most people recover better in their own home. We offer products that make this possible.”
Lifeline is an example of a Philips product that helps to detect falls. The service, used by more than 650,000 people in the USA, detects when someone falls and automatically sends an alarm to a support service. “Even if they land on the button or are so severely hurt that they cannot move, a signal will be sent,” explains Van Spaendonck.
Philips is planning to take the technology further. “We can use the device to gather information about people’s movements. If it indicates that somebody is walking slower or is more unstable, we can warn their family members to check on their loved one. We will be able to prevent injuries this way.”
Philips is also investing in “telehealth” services that can keep patients out of the hospital. “We are developing devices to test your vitals at home and send the results to the hospital, so they can monitor your health from a distance, so patients can go home sooner to recover.”
In the future, Philips hopes to offer technologies that can help patients and physicians at every stage, from diagnosis to recovery. As Van Spaendonck says, “Philips is dedicated to finding out what consumers and patients need and to offering a solution for that.”