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Oct 10, 2017

Philips showcases innovations that seamlessly connect data, technology and people at the Innovation Experience 2017

The 2017, Innovation Experience highlights solutions addressing the two-pronged challenges facing South African healthcare 

  • improving access to basic quality healthcare at grass- roots level and,
  • dealing with the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases specifically cardiovascular diseases.

Philips Innovation Experience 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa – Every day, healthcare moves forward. And it appears nothing can stop the progress of human health. Yet even the most advanced healthcare networks can be more integrated. Systems need to be able to talk to each other. Data needs to be available when and where decisions need to be made. This reality is vitally important to Philips South Africa, which showcases how Philips, helps create solutions that connect people, technology and data seamless across the care continuum at the Philips Live! Innovation Experience, in Johannesburg today.


Healthcare in South Africa is a study in contrasts and Philips has adopted a two-pronged approach addressing both ends of the healthcare spectrum. Catering for the needs of people who currently don’t have access to even basic quality primary healthcare on the one hand, and addressing the rising incidence of cardiovascular diseases on the other hand – 210 people die from heart disease every day in South Africa and these statistics are on the increase.


The Philips Live! Innovation Experience, showcases technological innovations that deliver ever-greater precision and minimally invasive interventions, allowing clinicians to getting diagnosis and treatment right the first time, for some of the most challenging cardiovascular conditions and procedures. Also, Philips will showcase locally-relevant technologies and solutions that helps address the complicated and multifaceted issues facing primary healthcare in South Africa.


“At Philips, we believe health knows no bounds, and neither should healthcare.” says Jasper Westerink, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Africa. “With a presence in Africa for over 125 years we have a deep understanding of the challenges that affect the overall performance of our healthcare systems, and we see numerous opportunities to make it better. Innovation has been and will always be at the heart of Philips and the Africa Innovation Experience underlines how we are pushing the boundaries standing in the way of organising healthcare around the patient to deliver better outcomes. With Philips’ cutting-edge innovations, localized solutions and services, we remain committed to driving improved treatment and outcomes, and giving patients and clinicians a better experience across the healthcare continuum.”


Cardiology care is a key theme at the event; cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death globally, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, and is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030[1]. Yet, most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by changing behaviours and eliminating risk factors. The event showcases, innovations that can help clinicians treat cardiovascular disease by speeding detection, diagnosis and treatment, driving more effective recovery and home care, and encouraging prevention and healthy living.


As part of the experiential setting at the event attendees will be able to see several solutions centred on improving healthcare delivery under two themes:


Seamless Cardiology | Access to Care

Seamless Cardiology

Holistic cardiovascular care begins with the heart, but looks beyond the disease to understand what matters for all people at the centre of care. Philips is uniquely-placed to make life better for patients with cardiovascular disease through its leading position in image-guided therapy with a unique portfolio of interventional imaging systems and devices, planning and navigation software, and services, supported by a global network of leading clinical partners. Innovations to be showcased will include:

Philips Azurion

Philips Azurion


Azurion is Philips’ next generation image-guided therapy platform and the new core of its integrated solutions portfolio. Azurion supports a full range of configurations across a broad spectrum of image-guided therapy procedures. These include configurations for high volume routine procedures and flexible configurations for advanced procedures. 

Harnessing vital procedural information from various sources, such as imaging systems, interventional devices, navigation tools and patient health records. This next generation platform features a state-of-the-art ergonomic design with an easy-to-use intuitive user interface, enabling clinicians to swiftly and confidently perform a wide range of routine and complex procedures in the interventional lab.

Philips Volcano

Philips Volcano


Philips Volcano, is a global leader in physiology and intravascular imaging for coronary and peripheral applications. It also offers a suite of peripheral therapeutic devices and is part of Philips’ industry leading image-guided interventional therapy portfolio that helps clinicians decide, guide and confirm the right therapy for the right patient at the point of care.

Philips IntelliSpace

IntelliSpace Cardiovascular


IntelliSpace Cardiovascular is a single cardiovascular workspace to help manage patient care and for a clinician it is the gateway to all things cardiovascular. At the heart of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular is the Workspace.  From where one has a single point of access to a comprehensive repository of cardiovascular information about the patient. This connected solution features Advanced Analytics and Diagnostic Guidance that provides physicians with the sophisticated tools to access, analyze and share images and information anytime, from virtually anywhere.

EPIQ Ultrasound


EPIQ 7 is Philips’ most intelligent premium ultrasound system, offering a complete set of easy-to-use quantitative tools to turn reproducible data into information to guide treatment.

Philips ePIC

At the heart of the powerful EPIQ 7 architecture is the Philips exclusive Anatomical Intelligence Ultrasound (AIUS), designed to elevate the ultrasound system from a passive to an actively adaptive device. With automatic anatomy recognition, protocols for automatic functionality, and proven quantification, exams are easier to perform, more reproducible, and deliver new levels of clinical information.

Philips Intellivue

The Philips IntelliVue MX800 Monitor is a patient monitor and information system in one; designed to simplify access to patient information that is needed to enhance diagnostic confidence throughout the hospital.


The MX800 monitor offers better-integrated access to relevant patient information at the bedside, and also offers a broader range of embedded Clinical Decision Support tools for a medical team. The MX800 Monitor easily integrates into a hospital’s existing IT infrastructure.

Access to care

Focusing on equitable Primary and Community healthcare is a way to tackle the needs of people who currently don’t have access to basic quality health and healthcare. In particular, it means delivering services for low-resources settings in Africa.


Delivering ‘equitable’ access to health and healthcare fits the Philips strategy: which is to optimize healthcare delivery across the health continuum. Because primary care is the entry point for patients into the health system, it is ideally placed as the point where professional healthcare and consumer health is converging (personalization of care), and is able to deliver services at the lowest-cost and with better outcomes (industrialization of care).


Philips is uniquely-placed to create social and economic value in this space due to its current position and existing innovations; some of which were showcased at the Philips Live! Innovation Experience:

 clc image

Collaborating with local governments, Philips is developing Community Life Centres (CLC) to provide a total solution for primary healthcare facilities with the aim of not only improving healthcare but also enabling community development. The CLC offers a community driven holistic approach to improving primary and community care.


Philips  recently inaugurated South Africa’s first Mini-Community Life Centre (CLC) in Diepsloot, Gauteng. Philips has already successfully implemented CLCs in Kiambu and Mandera counties in Kenya as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has plans to scale this across the Africa continent.  

clc kit

CLC Outreach Kit


The CLC Outreach Kit in connected to and is an integral part of the Philips CLC approach aimed at strengthening primary and community health care. The Kit provides a number of tools and instruments, carried in a backpack, which support community health workers and midwives in their efforts to diagnose and refer people in need of further treatment. It is also intended to support their educational activities within communities.

Innosight image

In the emergency department. At the clinic. At the community health center. No longer does your patient need to be sent to the ultrasound center for a scan. The Philips InnoSight Compact Ultrasound allows physicians to scan patients in most clinical environments, providing the clinical confidence that a quick, routine scan can offer in the office, clinic, or hospital.

This highly mobile, compact ultrasound system opens up the possibilities for healthcare practitioners across the wide variety of clinical environments in Africa to bring ultrasound in more often, with capabilities such as application-specific analysis packages, annotations, and tissue-specific pre-sets that can help a clinician perform more detailed studies. 

Minicare image

The Philips Minicare I-20, is a fully-automated handheld rapid diagnostic testing solution that can measure target molecules in very low concentrations (picomolar) in blood in a matter of minutes. The system offers multiplexing capabilities, making it possible to improve diagnostic and provide multiple marker results, simultaneously, from the same droplet of blood at the same time.

The results it presents are not only immediate, but it also enables healthcare providers  to identify high risk patients earlier to reduce the time from diagnosis to treatment or quickly discharge patients not in need of emergency care.

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Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor (ChARM)


The Philips Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor (ChARM) converts chest movements detected by accelerometers into an accurate breathing count, using specially developed algorithms. The device not only provides quantitative feedback, but also qualitative feedback to the healthcare provider based on the World Health Organization’s Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) [1] guidelines to diagnose fast breathing rates, which is one of the key vital signs to diagnosing pneumonia.

[1] 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update, American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, et al.


About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2016 sales of EUR 17.4 billion and employs approximately 70,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

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Radhika Choksey

Radhika Choksey

Head of Brand, Communications and Digital Philips Africa

Tel: +31  62525 9000

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