One crucial development that Liat sees for the future is continuous, unobtrusive monitoring. But that generates a lot of data. The question of what happens to that data is increasingly important in an age that is already seeing a surge in monitoring equipment and healthcare apps.
“Today, when you get blood work, or a CT scan, where does that data live? Or what about the data you collect on your latest sleep patterns or exercise routine? All this data lives in different silos, managed by different companies in different clouds, or worse yet, in different filing cabinets in different hospital systems.”
It is imperative that consumers own their data and decide how it should be used, Liat believes. To address this, Philips created the HealthSuite Digital Platform, which is of medical grade and compliant with the HIPAA standard for protecting sensitive patient data.
The platform ensures that people can control who sees which data and when. An ecosystem of connected products, programs and services, HealthSuite is designed to paint a picture of our wellbeing in a holistic way, from hospital data and images, to our IoT devices and wearables at home, creating a longitudinal record of our personal health. “This is something that every consumer should be demanding,” Liat says. HealthSuite is an open platform, as Philips believes in supporting innovation in healthcare and solutions that go far beyond the company itself.