Philips grows its HealthSuite—here’s why more health systems will flock to it

The news: Health-tech company Royal Philips rolled out two new products on its HealthSuite. One is focused on patient flow capacity, and the other provides telehealth for acute care.

More on Philips’ HealthSuite: Philips has beefed up its HealthSuite solutions to more precisely meet providers’ needs.

Its cloud-based solutions span a wide range of digital health applications—including remote patient monitoring, AI-driven clinical analytics, data-sharing capabilities to make interoperability easier, and patient navigation tools. Adding to its collection of digital health solutions helped it secure several recent health system partnerships: UCSF and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center are the latest tie-ups, but Philips also boasts partnerships with major health systems like Banner Health, MUSC Health, and Mackenzie Health.

The bigger picture: Philips’ latest patient flow capacity and acute telehealth products address key concerns for hospitals and health systems.

  • Right now, US hospitals are filling up because of surges in COVID-19 delta variant cases, leaving people with non-coronavirus acute conditions (like cancer or heart disease) at greater risk of not getting the care they need. A patient flow capacity tool can help health systems better understand resource requirements and optimize care delivery.
  • And a telehealth platform focused on acute care can be especially useful for hospitals and health systems in rural areas because it can broaden access to specialists who may be too far away for an in-person appointment and gives clinical staff greater bandwidth to coordinate care from a centralized location without being physically in a patient’s room.