Life-saving Innovation: Philips is shaping how Thais take care of their health

Viroj Vithayaveroj

When today’s jobseekers think of working in tech, images of social media startups and digital companies come to mind. And while a career in tech appears extremely appealing and life-changing, another equally significant but often overlooked tech career can be life-preserving.

 
More than light bulbs and TVs

 

Philips has been in Thailand for 65 years, and its name has primarily been associated with lighting and electronics. But with Mr. Viroj Vithayaveroj at the helm as General Manager for Philips, that impression is changing for the better.

Solutions made faster and easier

 

“We started with x-ray machines in Thailand,” Mr. Vithayaveroj shares, “and today, we are the number one brand in cardiology and radiology machines.”

 

And much like the trend for all things tech, Philips continues to innovate its healthcare offerings so that more Thais have access to them. Starting out as a provider for high-end medical equipment, they’re now branching out in the value segment. And that means products that are portable and fit seamlessly in any home and lifestyle.

 

“We’re no longer in the business of selling boxes. We’re in the business of selling solutions. And more than ever, we want to be involved in people’s lifestyles.”

 

The Philips health continuum

 

You may not realize it right away, but Philips has been making a difference in the everyday lives of Thais. Mr. Vithayaveroj cites their bestselling Airfryer1 as an example. More households are using it to lower their oil consumption and stay healthier, without sacrificing the flavor and enjoyment of their favorite fried dishes. Philips has even innovated a solution for the stress that may come from doing daily chores – like ironing! “Our PerfectCare Iron2 has technology that prevents users from burning clothes while ironing. Before, my wife used to iron both our clothes; now I can iron my own because it’s so easy!”

 

These examples illustrate part of the Health Continuum3 that Philips has at its core. Apart from products that help with healthy living, Philips also continues to innovate in the realms of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and home care. So that whatever age, condition, or life stage you and your family are in – the latest innovations by Philips are designed to make it better.

 

New teammates bring new thinking

 

With technology moving at such a rapid pace, Philips has a workforce that meets the challenge. One of the most important things they’re doing is revitalizing their team with new employees. “We’ve recently brought in pharmacists, and they’ve helped change old processes and bring in new thinking.” According to Mr. Vithayaveroj, working at Philips makes you part of a team of like-minded professionals that treat each other like family. It also provides the opportunity to connect with a multinational network that has a shared vision for innovation.

 

More importantly, being part of Philips means working to benefit your peers in Thailand. For the past few years, Philips has brought its medical equipment to the more rural areas of Thailand, to help those who are truly in need. Every member of the workforce becomes CPR-certified. They are given opportunities to make a difference on both a personal and national level.

 

If you think you’ve got what it takes to work in healthcare innovation, visit this link4 to learn about opportunities with Philips Thailand.