Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) said today it opened its 1st HealthSuite Labs co-creation center in Eindhoven, Denmark, aiming to spur digital healthcare development and innovations.
The centers will allow healthcare experts and general practitioners to work together in teams, with patients as well as business experts from multiple fields, to co-create and implement integrated care solutions, according to the company.
The newly created lab co-creation center will run on Philips’ HealthSuite cloud-based digital platform, the company said.
“Most of today’s healthcare budget goes to the fast-growing population of people living with chronic illness. The pressure on global healthcare systems is increasing, requiring them to find alternative ways of care delivery. At the same time, people want to be more involved in managing their own health. Together, these factors are shifting healthcare’s focus from traditional hospital-based, treat-when-sick (acute) models towards prevention and continuity of care in or near one’s home. Our HealthSuite Labs co-creation center will help care providers speed up the development and implementation of new integrated, connected and patient-centric healthcare delivery solutions that enable these new models,” healthcare informatics solutions and services CEO Jeroen Tas said in prepared remarks.
Philips said it is collaborating with the regional care network Zorgnetwerk Midden-Brabant to develop a new regional connected health model for people with type 2 diabetes.
“We want patients to be more empowered to manage their condition and their health. For this we need to improve the collection and exchange of data that various professionals and patients collect and make that data relevant and actionable. By working with Philips in the HealthSuite Labs co-creation center, we gain access to a wealth of know-how plus insight from other stakeholders across the care continuum and can set the next steps in creating truly collaborative and patient-centric care delivery,” Zorgnetwerk Midden-Brabant director Veronique Holtmaat said in a press release.
Philips said the facility in the Netherlands will be the 1st, as the company is slated to roll out the co-creation centers globally, with plans for centers in the U.S. and Asia.