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This article was published on March 25, 2015

Beyond wearable tech: How Philips is pushing towards the future of connected health

Beyond wearable tech: How Philips is pushing towards the future of connected health
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Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

Health tech was a big theme at SXSW last week, and I met up with Liat Ben-Zur, Senior Vice-President and Digital Technology Leader at Philips, to find out about how the longstanding tech giant is approaching the digital health revolution.

Given its broad reach across consumer and business technology, Philips sees digital health as encompassing everything from connected services for doctors through to healthier consumer tech products.

“What if your crockpot could manage the nutritional value of your dinner?,” as the company said in its SXSW PR pitch. To ‘join the dots’, the company has created a platform to share data across a spectrum of Internet of Things devices.

The photograph above shows a wearable diagnostic prototype for chronic illness, which was first unveiled at Salesforce’s Dreamforce event last year. Salesforce is a partner in Philips’ HealthSuite Digital Platform. The prototype patch feeds diagnostic information from the patient at home back to doctors via the platform.

In the audio interview below, Ben-Zur explains how Philips wants us all to move beyond the novelty of connected devices and start to see how much broader the world of connected health can be.

Image credit: Philips