Connected Health

POLITICO Outside, In

On May 6, Karen DeSalvo, the national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, came together with health care leaders across government, industry and academia to discuss how Connected Health can cut costs and improve quality of care and patient outcomes.


Panelists agreed our health care system is at a tipping point. In order to progress forward, we must:  (1) eliminate policy and structural barriers to innovation; and (2) enable individuals to be meaningfully engaged in their care. Public/private partnerships can serve as a driving force behind these necessary systematic changes, allowing technology to dissolve and relationships to emerge.


The discussion, hosted by Philips and POLITICO, was the second of its kind in a year-long series of conversations with innovators who have used real-world solutions to enhance government efficiencies and solve complex problems.


Watch the full discussion to learn more about the future of Connected Health.

Big Data: Can it really change our lives?


Imagine a society in which potential illnesses are identified before we even get them, or are tracked before they worsen, in which we can control air pollution and reduce energy consumption, or where a healthy meal, thanks to technology, is cooked to perfection before anyone gets home.


Big data makes many of these innovations possible. Where once infrastructures were molded by tools of stone and metal, today we have begun to build an IT world in ‘the cloud’ with a collection of data so enormous and complex that we are only beginning to understand its worth. Read the full article.


Hospital to Home
In-home technologies can play a role in reducing preventable hospitalizations and readmissions, enhancing quality of life, and supporting independent living for seniors and people with disabilities, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injuries. Read more about the technologies helping to reduce hospitalizations and readmissions, specifically related to medication-related challenges and falls.

Aging Well


Philips is partnering with the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on the “Aging Well Working Series,” which aims to remove barriers that prevent people from aging in the setting that they most prefer.


Research presented at the first session found that 95 percent of GenXers and baby boomers think today’s technology could be better developed to help people age in place. Additional findings from the second panel, which focused on creating connected communities, indicate that while most people want to live in their homes as they get older, many do not plan to take the necessary steps to ensure they can maintain their desired lifestyle. Read more about the panel discussion and research here.

Is Technology the Key to Aging Well?