In 2013, as healthcare systems continued to move forward with fundamental changes, we remained focused on delivering innovative solutions and investing in strategic alliances that help enable this transformation:
- Addressing the world’s most prevalent diseases starts with the clinician’s ability to visualize clearly and accurately within the human body. By integrating imaging and information in meaningful ways – and drawing on our expertise in cardiology, oncology and other critical areas – we expanded our solutions offering with the launch of the EPIQ ultrasound system, advancements in image-guided interventional therapy and other innovations to improve diagnosis, treatment and management of disease.
- Achieving the best possible patient outcomes depends on the clinician’s ability to access relevant information, anywhere and anytime. Through innovative devices and strategic collaboration, such as our work with Mayo Clinic on developing cloud-based solutions for the intensive care unit (ICU), we helped providers manage massive amounts of patient data for more confident diagnosis and treatment. Our solutions also helped optimize workflows in an increasingly connected care environment.
- The delivery of continuous, quality care to patients living with chronic conditions requires a thoughtful, coordinated approach. New solutions combining advanced functionality and patient-centric design, including the Wisp minimal contact nasal mask for sleep and respiratory therapy, were introduced to help patients adhere to a health regimen for more independent living.
- The complexities of healthcare delivery call for comprehensive solutions to address staggering costs, clinician shortages and demanding patient populations. Through customized models and programs, as demonstrated by our multi-year alliance with Georgia Regents Medical Center to facilitate innovative and affordable patient-centered care, we continued to help visionary health systems address these challenges today while moving toward a sustainable future.
- Optimizing resources to cost-effectively meet the needs of resource-intensive patient populations requires integrated solutions. By leveraging our leadership in telehealth technology and care coordination, we implemented new Hospital to Home programs with Banner Health in the US and opened eICUs with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in the UK.
2013 also marked the third year of our Accelerate! journey of change and performance improvement. We made significant progress driving customer centricity deep into our organization, embracing operational excellence through programs like Design for X (where X can be cost, quality, manufacturing, refurbishment, etc.) and fostering a growth and performance culture across our businesses. One of the key outcomes has been faster alignment across Philips Healthcare in delivering locally relevant innovations and making these solutions more cost-effective through efficiencies in product development.