Philips – innovation

Philips – Innovation Experience

Yesterday I was privileged to be invited to the Philips Innovation Experience show case. Philips have truly out done themselves with the lighting and healthcare technology they are planning to and have already launched.

With smart technology they have managed to take the lighting and healthcare industry by storm. Starting developments in Kenya with medical centres and power over Ethernet lighting which has inevitably made the communities feel safer and more productive.

CEO’s JJ van Dongen (Philips Africa) and Thierry Boulanger (Philips lighting Africa) walked us through the innovations that Philips have stepped through to reach this pivotal point in lighting and healthcare technology.

Philips is striving to provide better living by means of providing individuals with the tools to care for themselves in healthier, more personalized ways. Also taking ground – breaking lighting to new heights to created safer and more sustainable cities.

By lighting up cities with sustainable lighting, Philips will soon achieve that which has taken many centuries to achieve. In essence, the over used power facilities should see a drop in usage and with solar energy rising at a rapid rate we should soon be able to feel more secure on the load shedding fronts.

A quote from the CEO JJ van Dongen “Our mission is to improve the lives of 3 billion people by 2025. This is a bold and daring vision. But looking at the state of the world, it is a path worth taking,” he stated as such in his opening speech of the Philips showcase today. I too believe that this is a bold and daring endeavour, but I too truly believe that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible as long as you believe.

Philips one goal in particular is to help shape the future, with affordable healthcare solutions in areas and countries who are unable to have efficient healthcare and lighting. These innovations will assist these individuals to have access to facilities which can only be found in more developed areas and countries. Part of this endeavour is to provide mobile medical and dental healthcare to mothers and children. More specifically focusing on new mother and new born babies/toddlers. With this, new mothers will be able to have scans and treatment they would not normally be able to receive.

Some of the other healthcare solutions are the Philips PulseRelief, this device will be synced to your mobile phone via Bluetooth. It uses TENS (Trancutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation) to help the user to relieve pain in all areas of the body, from muscle tension in the legs to back ache. This technology helps chronic pain suffers to manage their pain discreetly. The app has been created to fit the needs of the user making it more personal and to track their pain relief over time.

Another device which will be a great asset to mobile medical care is the VISIQ. VISIQ is a transducer-plus-tablet ultrasound system that gives you the same quality as a cart system. VISIQ will supply healthcare providers with the means to perform quality diagnostics in a heartbeat, regardless of where they are based.

One other innovative piece of technology is the Minicare Acute. This device is handheld and fully- automated to deliver sufficient diagnostics by measuring even the smallest amount of target molecules in the sample you provide and this is done in minutes. This devices has proprietary Magnotech biosensor technology which can perform a variety of tests, from hormones to drugs and even proteins. At the moment this first application for acute care is cTnI (cardiac Troponin I), but Philips aim to provide a full range of markers for the acute care.

So, to Philips: I take my hat off to you for the wonderful technology that we can expect to see in the near future.

About Mariska de Bruin

Mariska de Bruin
My nuts aren't always held together nicely by my hamster as she can get a bit behind and the other voices in my head doesn't always help.

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