Ushering in the era of consumer healthcare, Philips has proposed personal health programs that could move health monitoring from hospitals into our homes.
Personal health devices on the rise
The uptick in smartphone-based healthcare has given consumers better control over their wellbeing. From heart rate and blood glucose monitors, to smartphones detecting depressive behavior in users, the convenience and diverse applicability of these devices have grabbed the attention of technology giants like Google, Samsung, and now, Philips. Philips’s latest entry into consumer healthcare represents the perfect marriage of its expertise in both healthcare and consumer goods.
Philips’s line of personal health devices
Slated to be unveiled at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) this week, the personal health programs are built using the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform, which is a cloud-based portal that procures, stores and analyzes health data from many devices. They are all Bluetooth enabled, connecting wirelessly to the HealthSuite Health app, and offering constant tracking of health measurements. The products include:
(a) The Philips health watch: A connected watch with proprietary optical sensors and accelerometer for lifestyle tracking. It tracks parameters like heart rate, physical activity and sleep patterns and supplies personalized heath regimens based on the results. This is uniquely suited to help prevent chronic conditions that result from lifestyle habits.
(b) The Philips blood pressure monitor: A combination of two devices, one for the wrist, and another for the upper arm. This rechargeable monitor measures heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
(c) The Philips body analysis scale: Measures weight, calculates BMI, and estimates body fat using bio-impedance analysis.
(d) The Philips ear thermometer: Provides body temperature readout within 2 seconds; built for adults, children, and newborns.
Your personal health data is secure
The data generated by these devices is subject to stringent security and privacy standards in accordance with the EU Privacy Directive and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Philips believes that these devices will empower consumers to track their health, recognize areas for improvement, and track their progress, all at the touch of a smartphone button.