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Philips to showcase medical grade biosensor, tele-ICU tools at HIMSS16

The company will also tout a new data recovery partnership with Amazon Web Services, the CEO said.
By Mike Miliard
01:22 PM
Philips will demonstrate an array of new technologies for use within the hospital and beyond at HIMSS16

Philips will demonstrate an array of new technologies for use within the hospital and beyond at HIMSS16. Among the biggest recent announcements is what the company is billing as the first medical grade biosensor designed for at-risk patients in low-acuity hospital settings.

Continuously tracking vitals such as heart and respiratory rate, skin temperature and more, the sensor can stream data to software that will detect signs of patient deterioration, giving caregivers the chance to intervene early.

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"Between the shift toward value-based care, the increase in patients with chronic conditions, and rising healthcare costs, healthcare organizations are rethinking their current models and looking for new ways to help monitor patients in the general ward," Carla Kriwet, CEO of patient care and monitoring solutions at Philips told Healthcare IT News. "A patient's health journey doesn't begin or end at the hospital doors, and connected technologies like this biosensor will play a huge role to support a smooth patient recovery."

On the clinician side, the biosensor tool will enable them to get insights about patient trends with which to ideally identify which patients are at risk of deterioration as early in the process as possible.

"A patient's health journey doesn't begin or end at the hospital doors, and connected technologies like this biosensor will support a smooth patient recovery," she said.

Philips will also be showing telehealth tools and touting a new partnership with Amazon Web services at HIMSS16. The company announced this month that several U.S. health systems, including Westchester Medical Center Health Network in New York and Baptist Memorial Health Care in Tennessee, have signed multi-year telehealth deals to implement Philips’ remote intensive care unit, or eICU program.

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The program enables clinicians to remotely monitor patients, supporting the bedside team and proactively identify issues and intervene before serious medical problems arise.

Philips also intends to demonstrate new cloud-based fast capture and backup of data repositories that it can now offer as a result of a deal it inked last year with Amazon Web Services.

Philips will showcase these new initiatives in booth 3416 at HIMSS16.

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