- Refurbish, re-use, recycle – closing the loop
With constant pressure on healthcare funding, and not all applications requiring new equipment, many care providers are looking to extend their resources within a restricted budget – without compromising on quality. Programs like Philips Circular Edition systems allow customers to benefit from thoroughly refurbished, upgraded and quality-tested technology at lower cost. This can extend their ability to deliver clinical care while at the same time reducing their environmental impact.
If refurbishment is no longer an option, we ensure responsible repurposing. By recovering valuable parts, we can service older systems, maximizing lifetime value again. If that too is no longer an option, we recycle back to raw materials via local recycling networks. As part of Philips’ ambition to close the loop for all professional equipment by 2025, over 3,000 systems were returned to the company for responsible repurposing in 2021.
- Dematerialization through digitalization and software
With their capacity to allow us to create virtual resources, digital tools and software enable us to ‘dematerialize’, delivering maximum value with minimum resources. We see this driving a shift from resource-intensive clinical facilities to networked lower-cost settings and the home, thereby giving more people access to care. It also supports preventive care and telehealth, or virtual care, by enabling remote interaction between patients and care givers, and so avoiding the related travel and CO2 emissions. One leading US customer was able to close two small primary care clinics and consolidate them into other clinics, resulting in 51% less greenhouse gas emissions per given outpatient visit .