History and change. You can’t have one without the other. More than 80 years ago, Philips opened its first office in Canada to sell the new technology of the day – the X-ray – which gave doctors the ability to see patients in a totally different way, literally. As a Philips employee for the last 35 years, I’ve had the opportunity to witness Philips help make healthcare history again and again by developing and offering innovative solutions in medical imaging, clinical informatics and patient monitoring. Healthcare has never been the same.
But history has a way of never stopping, and neither does the need for change. Canada is seeing a dramatic rise in chronic and lifestyle diseases as competition for limited healthcare resources intensifies and a digital revolution transforms how we deliver care. Canadians are becoming more involved in their healthcare, and the focus for healthcare in general is shifting to lower-cost alternatives and the ability to provide citizens with healthcare at home, where possible.
So it’s not surprising that hospitals want industry partners with strong consumer and clinical insights who can do more than deliver solutions to business challenges or introduce the latest technologies and gadgets. They want partners who can help them transform how they deliver care.