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Sep 18, 2020

Philips’ Roy Jakobs talks Telehealth at Future of Health Event

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Philips’ Head of Connected Care Roy Jakobs to participate in fireside chat discussion on telehealth’s evolution and ways to continue the momentum post COVID-19.

On Friday, September 25th, as part of CBI Insight’s Future of Health event, Roy Jakobs, Philips’ Chief Business Leader of Connected Care, will participate in a virtual fireside chat to discuss strategies to help ensure telehealth’s momentum continues post-pandemic. The discussion will include ways to build flexible and scalable virtual-first strategies within the hospital and continued care into the home, as well as hurdles that need to be addressed along the way. 


With the battle against the virus waging on, looking to 2021 and beyond, the healthcare industry is as a pivotal moment in redefining the future of patient care and the clinician experience. A critical piece of this strategy is evaluating the role telehealth will play in optimizing care pathways to support patients and care teams with integrated digital technology to improve experiences and outcomes. 


Healthcare systems have reported a 50 to 175-fold increase in telehealth volume compared to pre-pandemic levels [1]. And while telehealth has played a pivotal role during the battle against COVID-19, industry experts are now looking ahead to ensure the momentum continues post-pandemic. As part of his fireside chat, Jakobs will discuss what will be needed to continue the growth and adoption of telehealth on a global scale.

Jakobs will also highlight key findings from the Philips Future Health Index (FHI) 2020 report, which reveals new insights into younger doctors’ commitment to improving healthcare during COVID-19. The Future Health Index Insights: COVID-19 and Younger Healthcare Professionals survey supplements the main FHI 2020 report, capturing feedback from 500 doctors under the age of 40 in five countries: the United States of America, China, Singapore, France and Germany. The survey demonstrated how critical telehealth was during the pandemic, with 61% of respondents citing telehealth as among the top digital health technologies that would have most improved their experience during the pandemic.

This year’s Future of Health virtual event brings together executives from the world’s largest healthcare institutions, most disruptive startups, and most active venture capital investors, and aims to showcase the companies, technologies, and trends shaping telehealth, AI, genomics, pharma, digital therapeutics, pandemic preparedness and more. Follow the event and connect with Roy Jakobs on LinkedIn for his perspectives from the event and on-going thought leadership discussions across the connected care landscape. 



Speaker: Roy Jakobs

Chief Business Leader, Connected Care, Philips

Roy Jakobs is Executive Vice President and Chief Business Leader for the Connected Care businesses of Royal Philips. He is also member of the Executive Committee of Royal Philips.  Roy has extensive global leadership experience, with a strong business record, next to accomplishments in strategy, digital innovation and new business development in the business-to-consumer and business-to-business domains across the world. Since joining Philips in 2010, Roy has held various positions across the company, including Chief Marketing Officer for Philips Lighting, Market Leader for Philips Middle East & Turkey (including Health Systems), Business Leader of Domestic Appliances, based in Shanghai, and Chief Business Leader of Personal Health. Prior to his career at Philips, Roy held various management positions at Royal Dutch Shell in their retail businesses and at Reed Elsevier where he transformed the business from print to digital as Managing Director.


[1] McKinsey 


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