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Philips hosts a high-level panel discussion on Universal Health Coverage at UNGA 74

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Philips leaders discuss the creation of enabling ecosystems for digital health to accelerate the implementation of UHC

How can we accelerate the UN goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – a human right to health that more than half the world’s 7 billion citizens currently fail to enjoy? Part of the answer lies in 4th Industrial Revolution technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet-of-Things (IoT), which will revolutionize the way we experience healthcare. However, achieving fair and equitable UHC will also require responsible leadership, new business / finance models and strong legal frameworks, underpinned by primary care and high-quality service delivery.


In an upcoming High-Level Panel Discussion titled ‘Creating enabling ecosystems for digital health’, co-hosted by Philips and Devex and being held on Tuesday, September 24, during the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74) in New York, Philips Chief Medical Officer Jan Kimpen and Philips Ultrasound Business Leader Bich Le will contribute Philips’ practical experience of helping to implement UHC initiatives in underserved communities around the world. 

As Jan Kimpen and Bich Le will explain during the panel discussion, Philips’ involvement in digital health and telehealth projects goes beyond simply being a technology provider. Philips is committed to the co-creation of digital health innovations that make better use of the world’s limited competences, skills, resources, financing and governance structures in order to facilitate uninterrupted access to quality healthcare in a rapidly changing and increasingly uncertain world.


Jan Kimpen will be joined in the panel discussion by leading social enterprise, World Health Organization, NGO, private foundation and Ministry of Health representatives from around the world. 


Name event: High-level Panel Discussion on Creating Enabling Ecosystems for Digital Health

Where: New York, US

Date: September 24, 2019, 10AM – 12AM ET

Website: register online for live-stream  

Social Hashtag: #healthyaccess  #UHCPavilion

Jan Kimpen

Speaker: Jan Kimpen

Global Chief Medical Officer, Philips 


Jan Kimpen is the Philips Global Chief Medical Officer, a position he has held since January 2016. As the leader of the global clinical team, Jan works with 40 clinicians and medical PhDs with the responsibility for advocacy, customer partnerships, clinical research and medical consulting, and he is responsible for the annual publication of the Philips Future Health Index. A frequent speaker on value-based care and digital innovation in healthcare, Jan participates in the WEF Global Future Council on Healthcare, the American Heart Association alliance and the Board of Sanara Ventures in Israel. Jan is president of COCIR, the European trade union for imaging, healthcare informatics and radiotherapy.

Bich Le

Speaker: Bich Le

Chief Business Leader Ultrasound 


As the leader of Philips Ultrasound business, Bich Le is responsible for expanding the accessibility of ultrasound to new users, driving the development of new applications and advancing solutions for Cardiology, General Imaging, OB/GYN and Point-of-Care customers globally.

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Joost Maltha

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