Philips did a long list of announcements at this year’s IFA event in Berlin, and one of the major announcements in them, is the personal health programs that help people get a better control of their health. Each health program comprises connected health measurement devices, an app-based personalized program and secure, cloud-based data analysis.
These health programs are for a connected care for consumers and doctors. These programs are said to be built on a Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform, which is an open-source platform that collects and analyzes the data received from various sources. According to the company, these products are there to help prevent lifestyle-induced chronic conditions in the body.
Here’s what Pieter Nota, Executive Vice President and CEO Personal Health, Royal Philips, had to say.
“Consumers are increasingly engaged in their personal health and they want solutions that empower them to stay healthy and prevent illness,” “They understand that there is a need for active health management to stem the rising tide of chronic diseases and unhealthy lifestyles. Philips is the only technology company with a range of professional and consumer offerings that can combine clinical and personal health data across the health continuum to encourage prevention and healthy living, to speed diagnosis and treatment, and to enable better recovery and home care. Philips personal health programs will help consumers develop healthier habits for life.”
How would this work? Just like most of the fitness trackers or wearables around, the devices from Philips are Bluetooth enabled, and they would connect wirelessly to the Philips HealthSuite Health app on a smartphone, to keep a track of all the measurements. The data and stat transfer is done automatically.
Philips Health Watch
This is a connected watch, and it includes a proprietary optical heart rate sensor and accelerometer for lifestyle tracking. The health watch is capable of checking heart rate, activity, as well as sleep patterns. It sends all the data to Philips HealthSuite Health app, and a personalized health program supports and motivates the user to get better with health.
Philips ear thermometer
The thermometer is said to be checking body temperature in just two seconds, and it is designed keeping all the age groups in mind.
Philips upper arm blood pressure monitor
This is a blood pressure monitor that has to be used on the upper arm, and it is capable of measuring the systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as the heart rate. The monitor comes with a backlit display.
Philips wrist blood pressure monitor
A smaller and easier-to-carry monitor that can be used on the wrist to measure the systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as the heart rate. This monitor is USB-rechargeable.
Philips body analysis scale
Helping in measures weight, the body analysis scale estimates body fat through Bio-Impedance Analysis, and calculates BMI. It can have up to eight user profiles.
Philips Lumify mobile ultrasound and the Philips Smart Air Purifier 8000i Series are two other products that take advantage of Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform, and all these products were announced at the IFA 2015 event, to go on sale from October 2015 in Germany. The availability in other markets will be in 2016.