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Philips, Radboud unveil wearable for chronic disease patients

Iain Morris
October 15, 2014
Dutch technology player Philips has developed a new wearable diagnostic prototype aimed at supporting patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The prototype is the fruit of collaboration with Radboud University’s medical center and is said to mark the beginning of a partnership between the two organizations that will look at using mobile, digital and cloud technologies to improve patient outcomes.

The prototype works by feeding data collected from patients at home to clinicians using Philips’ HealthSuite Digital Platform.

Once patients have left the hospital it is capable of gathering a variety of data, including details of respiratory indicators, heart rhythm and heart rate variability.

This information is then sent via the cloud to the Philips (Amsterdam, Netherlands) platform from where it can be shared with care providers to provide a view of a patient’s illness.

The prototype differs from other wearable solutions recently introduced to the market, said Philips, by harnessing both clinical and personal health information to support chronic disease patients.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 117 million Americans have at least one chronic condition, while one in four Americans have more than two such conditions.

The CDC has also estimated that caring for patients with chronic conditions accounts for about 70% of annual healthcare spending in the US.

“Together with Philips, we are exploring and developing tools to enable patients to be true partners in their own health care, including Hereismydata and thus creating a digital platform for patients to collect data from EMRs as well as personal wearable technology,” said Lucien Engelen of Radboud University medical center. “Our collaboration with Philips creates the scale needed for a globalizing sustainable healthcare approach.”

Radboud University has been focused on developing digital solutions to support patient-centric care, and claims that its innovation center is at the forefront of the convergence between technology and patient empowerment.

Philips, meanwhile, has been working to create a suite of open application programming interfaces that developers can use to create applications for hospitals and health systems.
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