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June 19, 2018

Philips speaking at the Politico OutsideIn Event 

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The opportunities for AI across the health continuum - from healthy living and prevention to diagnosis, treatment and home care -  lie in its potential to help translate large amounts of data into actionable insights. These insights can empower clinicians, hospital administrators, patients and health consumers to achieve better health outcomes at lower cost.


As the recently published 2018 Future Health Index (FHI) outlines, systems that deliver effective outcomes and high levels of healthcare professional and patient satisfaction – such as those in Singapore, Sweden and the Netherlands – tend to be those with comparatively high levels of focus on advanced data collection and analytics. 


For example, out of the 16 countries in the FHI Sweden has the greatest spend on AI for therapy planning per capita compared to the 16-market average ($0.17 vs. $0.06 average) and for AI in preliminary diagnosis ($0.07 per capita vs. $0.03 on average).


Nevertheless, applying AI to healthcare and personal health requires more than just machine learning, deep learning or other statistical methods. First and foremost, it requires a deep understanding of the clinical, operational, or personal context in which such methods are used, as well as a solid framework that can ensure that AI adoption in health care is done ethically and sustainably.


Policy makers, health care professionals, industry experts and patients need to make sure the right conditions are met in terms of regulations, training and adoption. 


In partnership with Politico, Philips is convening a panel of expert speakers from the public and private sectors to discuss how artificial intelligence can make health care systems fit for the 21st century and deliver better patient outcomes and more value for money. 

Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Philips, will give the Opening Remarks and set the context of the discussion. 


The debate will be animated by 

  • Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Paul Bate, Director NHS Services, Babylon Health
  • Manon Benders, Professor and Head of the Neonatology Department, Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital
  • Eleonora Harwich, Head of Digital and Technological Innovation, Reform


Among the questions that will be addressed: 


  • How can AI help address the sector’s most pressing challenges?
  • What is the potential of AI in processing data in an understandable and actionable way? Is the data currently collected clean and refined enough? 
  • Do patients and health professionals understand and trust AI enough to put care in its hands? 
  • What security, liability and insurance issues need to be resolved? 


Watch the event live here (link to below website) at 17:30 CEST.  


Event information:


Name event: OUTSIDE In – Artificial Intelligence: The next Frontier in Health Care 

Where: Résidence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels

Date: 20 June 2018 


Social Hashtag:  #OutsideIn


Opening Remarks: 

Jeroen Tas - Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Philips


Jeroen Tas is Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer and member of the Executive Committee at Royal Philips. He has more than 30 years of global experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the healthcare, information technology and financial services industries. Jeroen is responsible for the company’s strategy, research & development, design, medical affairs, sustainability, platforms and emerging businesses.


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