Partnerships bring us to the next level of modern healthcare

Philips is a company within health and wellbeing that focuses on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovations.

Over the past century, Philips has successfully developed and launched a number of groundbreaking products, solutions and services in everything from TV equipment and lighting to advanced medical equipment and healthcare solutions. For Philips it is all about delivering meaningful innovation to the customers – and doing so faster and better than the competition – and today partnership and cooperation are central to the company’s success.

Philips’ success within healthcare is built on providing solutions that span the health continuum, bringing true benefits to patients, care providers and the communities in which they live. These solutions are developed in close partnership with customers and clinicians to improve patient outcomes, provide better value, and expand access to care.

Increased innovation through partnerships
For Philips, partnerships and close collaboration with its customers have evolved into an increasingly important way of doing innovation and ensuring that the highest quality and maximum benefits are realized. In the field of healthcare, partnerships have become one of several ways of finding creative solutions to the challenges that it faces. As a technology and solutions driven company and innovation partner, Philips today plays an important role in contributing to the development of the future healthcare.

“Long-term cooperation in healthcare creates the conditions for all parties to develop a genuine interest in each other’s challenges and to increase their willingness to meet them together. Each partner assigns dedicated people that work together. All steps forward and decisions taken create opportunities for interaction. A fantastic platform for learning and sharing is being created,” says Johan Folkunger, Nordic Director Business Development at Philips.

There are numerous challenges facing today’s healthcare industry. An ageing population means that an increasing number of people will develop the chronic diseases that normally accompany old age. There are many challenges in assigning the right priorities to care needs. The number of patients will increase across the country, regardless of their state of health, simply because there are more people. Improving access and the quality of care at the same time as reducing costs is not a simple equation. If academia, healthcare providers and industry collaborate and innovate together; there will be new ways and opportunities to meet these challenges.


Philips NeuroSuite at Karolinska University Hospital Solna reveals the brain’s vascular network like never before.

Sweden is an international player and pioneer in several medical technology fields. Philips is a world leader in numerous fields, of which medical technology is one of the most important. Philips has signed partnership agreements with a number of Nordic healthcare players, such as the Region of Southern Denmark, Stockholm County Council and Karolinska University Hospital, in order to find new solutions to meet future challenges in healthcare. “Philips can make the healthcare system more effective by analysing processes, developing better workflows for staff and reducing waiting times for patients. We look at the whole care flow, and in the long term there is huge potential for creating sustainable solutions that combine improved patient health with reduced care costs. If we work together and create synergies, we can produce meaningful innovations,” says Johan.
“We look at the whole care flow, and in the long term there is huge potential for creating sustainable solutions that combine improved patient health with reduced care costs. “
Partnership with Karolinska University Hospital
The new Karolinska University Hospital facility in Solna is currently under construction and scheduled to open in late 2016. The Karolinska University Hospital is one of the leading academic hospitals in the world and the new hospital building in Solna combined with innovation partnerships gives Karolinska great opportunities to further mark this position. With the new facility in Solna, Karolinska will be able to further strengthen a truly patient-centric approach, and develop new care pathways by integrating patient care, clinical research and education.

Philips has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Stockholm County Council and Karolinska University Hospital to create the hospital of the future, reducing population health costs, delivering highly specialised care and providing open innovation for a 14-year term, with a possibility for Karolinska to extend by another 6 years.

The agreement has a strong focus on innovation and collaboration. The new facility in Solna will have access to state-of-the art imaging equipment, solutions and services, including those of other vendors, for a multi-year term at predictable costs. The managed equipment services (MES) include procurement, system integration, education and timely upgrades and updates to ensure that the new hospital will be provided with the imaging functionalities that its departments require for the optimal delivery of care.

The staff at Karolinska University Hospital and Philips work closely together to drive innovation in healthcare.

“Partnerships like the one between Philips and the Stockholm County Council and Karolinska requires a different level of commitment and responsibility from all parties and paves the way for a better understanding of each other, which contributes to development and to patient benefit to a much greater extent,” says Johan.

Innovation hub
Cooperation on innovation is yet another part of Philips’ investment in working closer with Karolinska University Hospital. Philips is establishing a research and innovation hub at the new hospital that will bring researchers from the medical technology industry, hospital and academia together to help facilitate a closer link between the delivery of care and innovation. This is expected to contribute to a faster translation of new research findings into new diagnostic methods, therapeutics and treatment tools.

Region of Southern Denmark
Another example of strategic partnership in the Nordic region is the one with the Region of Southern Denmark and the cooperation at the Innovation Centre at Forskerparken in Odense. Together Philips and the Region of Southern Denmark will develop innovative solutions for future hospitals in the region and the New University Hospital in Odense. This will be the region’s largest healthcare project ever, and also a milestone in Danish healthcare.

The aim is to find how the combination of the region’s insight into the challenges facing the health system and Philips’ international experience with innovative solutions for modern hospitals can be useful to the Danish health system.

As a part of the strategic partnership, Philips is contributing with research and design staff in Odense to be actively involved in piloting, testing and evaluating patient-centered innovations that will provide valuable insights. Cooperation will result in synergies between the parties so that the results of innovative research and development projects can reach the market quickly and efficiently. At the same time, it may be a direct source of clinical trials and validation of research.

Hospital to home
An example of a test project in Odense is the building of an eco-system of “out-of-hospital-care”. The importance of efficient home rehab and home monitoring is a focus area, since patients will need to shorten the length of their stay in hospital in the future, and that is associated with a number of challenges.

Another example is a test for new intelligent dynamic lighting solutions for psychiatric care facilities to support, among other things, the circadian rhythm of the patients, as well as for better support during hospitalization, which encourages faster recovery.

These kinds of partnerships are built on trust and a willingness to join forces to address healthcare issues and together develop new solutions. Innovation is part of Philips’ DNA and we are constantly looking for new technologies and new ways of using existing technologies”, says Jens Ole Pedersen, Business Development Manager, Philips.

Partnership for benefit
Philips is a leading global healthcare technology company that is truly committed to providing innovative solutions for customers all over the world. The examples from Karolinska University Hospital and the Region of Southern Denmark are just two out of several partnerships that are the result of decades of experience of innovation and successful cooperation with the healthcare sector, the healthcare industry and academia.

“These kinds of partnerships are built on trust and a willingness”

For Philips, partnership means a shared vision in which we together make a journey with joint investments for creating benefit for future healthcare – and to be able to achieve that goal, we need shared willingness and shared commitment with forward-thinking organisations. With its partners, Philips looks beyond technology to the perspectives of people, together transforming the way care is experienced and delivered.


Philips MR camera 3Twith Ambient Lighting Solution and video wallprojection at Astrid Lindgren Child Hospital Karolinska University Hospital Solna

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