Philips Demonstrates New Telehealth Platform to Enable At-Home Care Programs at the National Association of Home Care and Hospice

October 17, 2014

Andover, MA – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA) today announced its participation at the National Association of Home Care and Hospice annual conference (NAHC) from October 19 – 21 in Phoenix, Ariz. Demonstrating its commitment to improving care outside the hospital walls, Philips Hospital to Home will highlight innovative technologies, including its two new FDA-cleared home telehealth applications, eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion.

Part of Philips Hospital to Home's Transition to Ambulatory Care (eTrAC) program, which aims to reduce readmissions and lower costs, these two applications give patients and their care teams real-time insights into patient vital signs, trends, and other critical metrics.


eCareCoordinator provides clinicians with a daily review of each of their patients, allowing them to prioritize patients and adjust care plans or intervene as needed. The eCareCompanion application serves as the patient portal, driving patient engagement and self-management. The personalized application is accessed via a tablet, and allows patients to answer questions about their health and enter requested measurements, like weight and blood pressure, to stay connected with their care teams.


"Patients with chronic, complex health needs often spend too much time in and out of the hospital, driving up health care costs while at the same time, drastically reducing their quality of life," said Derek Smith, senior vice president, Hospital to Home, Philips Healthcare. "By developing advanced technologies and comprehensive clinical programs, we can give care teams the ability to unobtrusively monitor patients' health to deliver the best possible care directly within the home."


The Philips Hospital to Home booth (#525) will also spotlight technology from Philips Lifeline, including Lifeline with AutoAlert – its fall-detection technology – and medication dispenser.


Conference Agenda Features Philips Customers


Philips experts and customers will also drive discussions around how telehealth programs can be used to improve patient's quality of life by effectively delivery patient care in all care settings, including:


  • How to Remodel Telehealth Programs for the Future
    • Brooks Home Care (FL): Heather Ramirez, RN, BSN, telehealth program coordinator; and Diana Decker, RN, MSN, CNL, clinical nurse specialist.
    • Philips Healthcare: Krista Kelly, RN, BSN, CCP, senior account manager
    • October 19, 2014, 1:15pm – 2:45pm, Session 206


  • How to Use Community-Based Connected Care for Chronic Disease Management: A Nontraditional Approach
    • VNA of Greater Lowell (Mass.): Kim Santos, RN, telehealth case manager; and Sharon Fisher, BS, project director
    • October 20, 2014, 8:00am – 9:30am, Session 306


  • How to Use Remote Patient Monitoring for Post-Cardiac-Surgery Patients
    • Wellspan VNA Home Care (Penn.): Charles McDonough, MBA, CPHQ, director of operations and development; and Johann Becker, RN, BSN, MAM, director of clinical operations
    • October 20, 2014, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, Session 402


Additional Philips customers presenting at NAHC include Henry Ford (Mich.), Advanced Home Care (N.C.), Atlanticare Home Health Agency (N.J.), ProMedica Home Health Care (Ohio), Porter Hills Home Care (Mich.) and Windsor Place of Coffeyville (Kan.).


Philips will also be sponsoring NAHC's 2014 Nurse of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding home care and hospice nurses in the industry. Manu Varma, vice president of marketing and strategy for Philips Hospital to Home, will introduce the award winner during the General Session.


For more information on Philips' presence at NAHC or the full suite of Philips clinical telehealth programs, visit and follow the conversation at #NAHC2014 and @PhilipsHealth.

For further information, please contact:

Kathy O'Reilly
Philips Healthcare
(o) 978-659-2638 (mobile) 978-221-8919 


About Royal Philips:

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 112,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


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