Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) said it signed on to a new platform from Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN) designed to facilitate the so-called “Internet of Things,” aiming to link and collect data from mobile healthcare devices.
Amazon Web Services said its AWS IoT platform is designed to allow companies to “store, process, analyze, and act on the volumes of data generated by connected devices on a global scale.” Philips said it plans to use it with its HealthSuite platform.
“The digital health revolution and the power of the Internet of Things offer tremendous opportunities to positively transform how care is delivered,” Philips Healthcare informatics, solutions & services CEO Jeroen Tas said in prepared remarks. “By unleashing data from connected devices and health records, combined with analytics, valuable insights into how we can live and age well can be uncovered. At Philips, we seek to empower consumers to be active participants in their own health. For example, by giving them access to and control over their own health information, making that data more actionable, and by facilitating better collaboration between patients, clinicians and caregivers.”
“The promise of the Internet of Things is to make everyday products smarter for consumers, and for businesses to enable better, data-driven offerings that weren’t possible before. World-leading organizations like Philips, NASA JPL, and Sonos already use AWS services to support the back-end of their IoT applications,” added AWS mobile & IT vice president Marco Argenti. “Now, AWS IoT enables a whole ecosystem of manufacturers, service providers, and application developers to easily connect their products to the cloud at scale, take action on the data they collect, and create a new class of applications that interact with the physical world.”
Philips said its cloud-based HealthSuite is designed to securely collect, aggregates and analyze data from apps, medical devices and healthcare IT systems such as EMRs. The system is already managing more than 7 million connected devices, sensors and mobile apps, the company said.