Philips teams with global home care provider Right at Home to commercially launch CareSensus, connected sensors platform enabling unique remote care options for seniors

May 31, 2016

  • Philips proprietary technology in combination with Right at Home care delivery offers flexible and affordable blend of in-home and remote care monitoring designed to allow seniors to age more safely in their own homes.
  • Non-intrusive sensor-based technology provides real-time information and actionable insights to care for an aging loved one and offers peace of mind to caregivers.


Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Omaha, Neb.Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced the commercial beta launch of remote care services powered by the new CareSensus connected sensors platform in partnership with Right at Home, one of the largest in-home senior care franchise networks in the world. Together, Philips and Right at Home are redefining the home care landscape by offering a flexible and affordable blend of in-home and remote care options to proactively help seniors with cognitive and/or physical frailties who want to age in place safely. Fueled by connected sensors and powerful data analytics, this unique “blended care” high-touch, high-tech approach offers insights and adapts to a senior’s particular needs to provide “always-on” home care and peace of mind to caregivers who are not close by.

 

With its unique home care monitoring solution, the Philips CareSensus platform is bringing the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) into the homes of seniors. It consists of connected, discrete, non-camera-based passive sensors placed strategically in the home to provide 24/7 monitoring of seniors. The data from the connected sensors is processed to identify unusual patterns of activities enabling a personalized blueprint of behavior, and delivering timely data to the Right at Home remote care team. If the senior is getting up multiple times during the night to use the bathroom, or they are taking an unusually long time to get out of bed in the morning, these can be early indicators that something may be wrong.

 

Supported by the powerful analytics of the CareSensus platform, the Right at Home remote care team is able to see behavioral changes via an intuitive online dashboard with several views, and potentially intervene earlier during a health deterioration or before a more serious event occurs. The family caregiver is also given access to the dashboard so they can review periodically to see how their loved one is doing. For instance, during a recent pilot, one patient began frequenting the bathroom more often than usual. The care team alerted the client’s daughter who made a doctor appointment, where they discovered the client was suffering from symptoms of a significant health problem that could have worsened without early intervention.

 

“Philips has over 40 years of experience in delivering innovative technology to support care for seniors and caregivers,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics at Philips. “Combined with our deep knowledge of advanced analytics in patient and home monitoring, we can now offer a powerful platform delivering reliable data to the Right at Home care team. Philips’ proprietary connected sensors platform allows the senior’s Right at Home care team to proactively help keep them as healthy and secure as possible to better enable the delivery of tailored, expert care whenever and wherever it’s needed.”

 

“By 2025, there will be nearly 1.2 billion people over the age of 60 worldwide,” said Brian Petranick, CEO and President of Right at Home. “This aging shift will continue to increase demand for Right at Home’s care services and will add increasing pressure on an industry already challenged with the supply for caregivers. As the need for caregivers across the globe exceeds supply, this partnership with Philips and the use of its innovative technology will help supplement the growing demand for in-home care and improve the well-being of our clients in a revolutionary way. This blended care approach will drive the future of home healthcare.” 

 

Partnering to deliver a new level of at-home care in the US market

Philips has teamed with Right at Home to bring this innovative technology nationwide, with the commercial availability of the platform coming to 25 locations of the US market in June. In addition to the in-home care visits and well-being monitoring enabled via the CareSensus platform, alerts are used to notify the Philips Lifeline 24/7 response center if detection of a senior’s presence in a certain predetermined area is a cause for concern. If so, the Philips Lifeline response center follows the notification protocols set by the family ahead of time.

 

Senior clients will also have the option of being provided with a tablet equipped with video chat technologies, so the Right at Home remote care team is able to schedule regular check-ins customized to meet the client’s needs. Video visits can range from a casual discussion about dinner, to reminders for the senior to take their medication or blood pressure.

 

CareSensus builds on Philips’ growing portfolio of aging services that includes Philips Lifeline medical alert services, connected medication adherence solutions, post-acute and long-term care solutions and referrals to home health services. Philips recently introduced Aging Well Services at HIMSS 2016, an integrated set of services, solutions and data to create personalized guidance, coaching and care coordination unique to seniors’ current wellness needs. These services will be available through key industry partnerships, like Right at Home, to give aging seniors the support they need and caregivers access to tools that allow them to check in regularly on their loved one’s health status.

 

For more information on Lifeline and Philips’ full suite of integrated software, solutions and services for seniors, and for details on CareSensus and Philips’ partnership with Right at Home, please visit http://www.philips.com/caresensus.

 

To inquire about Right at Home remote care services, visit http://www.rightathome.net/remote-care/.

Philips introduces CareSensus, an activity monitoring and engagement solution as part of its ongoing commitment to connected care.
CareSensus helps track activity across the house, including in the kitchen where it can indicate patterns around meal preparation.
CareSensus tracks patterns that can infer everyday behaviors like sleeping, eating and bathroom trips to help identify changes in patterns that might suggest a need for care intervention.
Smart analytics identify activity by the client that is outside the client’s norm, and changes are automatically highlighted in the online dashboard for review by the home care agency.

For further information, please contact:

Kathy O’Reilly

Philips Group Press Office

+1 (0) 978-659-2638 (mobile) +1 (0) 978-221-8919

Kathy.oreilly@philips.com

Twitter: @kathyoreilly


Björn Teuwsen

Philips Emerging Businesses

Tel: +31 6 130 789 75

E-mail: bjorn.teuwsen@philips.com

Twitter: @BjornJHT


Lauren Moorman on behalf of Right at Home, Inc.

No Limit Agency

312-526-3996

lmoorman@nolimitgency.com

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. The company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips’ health technology portfolio generated 2015 sales of EUR 16.8 billion and employs approximately 69,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Right at Home

Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Local Right at Home offices are independently owned and operated and directly employ and supervise all caregiving staff, each of whom is thoroughly screened, trained, and bonded/insured prior to entering a client’s home. Right at Home’s global office is based in Omaha, Nebraska, with more than 500 franchise locations in the U.S. and seven other countries. For more information on Right at Home, visit About Right at Home at http://www.rightathome.net/about-us or read the Right at Home franchising blog at http://www.rightathomefranchise.com/blog/. To learn more about franchising opportunities, please visit http://www.rightathomefranchise.com/.