Enabling stress-free recovery at home through remote patient monitoring 

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Remote monitoring for better care in the first days after returning home


Healthcare professionals know a lot about patients inside the hospital. However, once patients are discharged, after an operation or similar procedure, and sent home they know little about what is happening. Complications can still occur, especially in the first few days after returning home.


With Philips Healthdot we want to allow health care professionals to also look after their patients in those first days at home*, thus improving the quality of care.

Providing confidence in recovery at home


Generally, when patients are moved from the ICU to a general ward, nurses monitor vital signs three- or two-times day. If the patients need to continue being monitored after they’re discharged, they’re often sent home with bulky, complicated hospital systems that require a lot of steps to transmit data.


Healthdot is a wearable biosensor for patients discharged from hospital that allows health care professionals to monitor their progress after discharge. It is a single-use device which is placed on the lower left rib and continuously captures the patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, posture, and activity and transmits these vitals every 5 minutes, on average, to the clinical information system.


To access the data, Philips Healthdot should be used in combination with a clinical information system, such as Philips IntelliVue Guardian Software and Philips VitalHealth Engage platform, allowing health care professionals to check vital signs and to monitor their patients inside and outside the hospital.

Unobtrusive technology for ease of use


Philips Healthdot is one of the world’s first biosensors sending heart and respiratory rates to the hospital without the patient requiring any hub or mobile phone. It uses a built-in LoRa transmitter that sends data directly to the cloud. This ensures that the biosensor is easy to use and that the sent data are reliable. By linking it to data platforms, advanced clinical algorithms can be used to support healthcare professionals in decision-making. For healthcare professionals, it provides confidence in monitoring patients remotely and means patients can potentially be discharged earlier, optimizing the use of resources. For the patient, it means recovery can take place in their own home with the reassurance of being monitored by healthcare professionals.


The Healthdot sensor was designed by Philips Research and Philips Experience Design teams, in collaboration with the Holst Centre, which contributed its expertise in sensor technology and flexible electronics.


Take a look at the commercial page of Healthdot >


*Out of hospital monitoring is only possible in countries with a Healthdot compatible network, like in the Netherlands. For in-hospital monitoring, by placing a few complementary long-range (LoRa) gateways into the care facility, any care facility will be suitable to receive the vital signs of the Philips Healthdot network.

Designing remote monitoring

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Design phase

End results

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Award-winning creativity

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Silver award 2020

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