• Realizing a better future faster: What we learned at the 1776 Challenge Festival


    The global population will grow to nine billion by 2050, with more than 70 percent of people predicted to live in cities by that time, according to the World Urbanization Prospects 2014 report. With such shifts come increased demand for safe neighborhoods, as well as affordable, local food, water and energy – societal challenges that will require innovative thinking and change-the-world optimism.

  • Smart home? Let’s think of the caring home


    Growing up, you likely saw futuristic cartoons and stories that depicted what the home of today would look like tomorrow.  Mirrors that could talk to you; stovetops that cooked food themselves… the possibilities were endless.  Thinking in terms of IoT (Internet of Things) and the technology available today, what could this really look like? Well, it could mean that eventually your front door might be digitally connected to your light bulbs, shedding light in your foyer when you step in your home after work.  Or, simply, that your car is connected to your garage doors, which will open when you drive on to your property.  But imagine if this went a step further – towards something really “disruptive” - and your home actually became an empathetic home? A place that was brimming with technology tailored to your individual health and wellbeing needs?

  • As partners, we can create a healthcare revolution in Europe


    It is ironic that a healthcare industry boasting such advanced technology still struggles to embrace our new digitally-driven, data-rich era. Consumers’ lives are being saved by complex innovations, yet they still don’t use powerful tools at their disposal to look after their own health.

    As consumers we expect industries such as banking, media and retail to instantly satisfy our unique digital demands and enrich our lives  – so why not healthcare too?

  • Why sustainability is at the heart of health


    A hospital isn’t simply a place where the sick are nursed back to health, or where the partnership of medical technology and human expertise help us to get well. A hospital is, in fact, a potent symbol of society – and an indicator of how we want society to develop.

    This is what makes the annual CleanMed conferences such exciting forums. This year, Philips is sponsoring the American convention in Portland, Oregon. More than 1,000 participants from across the globe convene to show how governments, medical institutions and private enterprise are transforming society through the way we care for citizens.

  • The virtual nurse is here!


    Nursing has evolved over the past few decades. The commonly perceived view of the nurse at the bedside, monitoring a patient’s vital signs or assisting physicians during rounds, has changed. With the advent of new digital technologies in health care, such as telehealth and remote monitoring tools, today’s nurse can be practically virtual.  As we celebrate International Nurses Day today, I want to shed some light on what it takes to be a virtual nurse.