WORLD – Royal Philips and Cognizant, a world-leading professional services firm, have partnered to develop end-to-end digital health solutions that will enable healthcare organizations and life sciences companies to improve patient care and accelerate clinical trials.

As part of this collaboration, Cognizant will build, deploy, implement, and operate client-specific applications on Philips HealthSuite.

Philips HealthSuite, built on Amazon Web Services, is an integrated, modular set of standards-based capabilities that support the development of digital health propositions.

The platform securely stores critical healthcare data and provides both advanced data analytics and AI capabilities, while delivering industry-leading interoperability, connectivity and regulatory compliance.

To date, more than 100 types of medical devices have been integrated into HealthSuite, with over 145 billion clinical images securely archived on the cloud platform.

For Life Sciences companies, Philips HealthSuite’s compliant and secure medical device connectivity, data integration, and analysis will also benefit remote patient monitoring and decentralized clinical trials.

This will enable a reduction in paperwork, help researchers reach more diverse trial participants, and improve connectivity between investigators and participants – with the goal of improving the quality and speed of therapy development.

Digitalized health is a growing trend and with these solutions, healthcare providers can monitor their patients outside traditional clinical settings, and patients can stay more informed of their own well-being.

Health systems are rapidly transforming their healthcare delivery models with online access and patient engagement tools, remote monitoring and other virtual care modalities thanks to the onset of COVID-19.

In addition, both biopharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers can quickly gain actionable insights through advanced analytics to make more informed clinical development decisions and rapidly bring new solutions to patients.

According to a report by Rock Health, just in the first half of the fiscal year 2021, a whooping US$14.78B for digital health has already been secured through funding and this amount already surpasses the amount that was secured the whole of 2020.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also been in the fore front when it comes to digital health solutions and since 2005, they have been active on having this space fully integrated into traditional healthcare.

Considerations by the WHO to have a long-term strategy plan for developing and implementing ehealth services began in 2005 and in 2013, the WHO assembly adopted the proposal.

In 2018, a comprehensive plan was drafted following extensive consultations and discussions an in 2019 it was launched.

By 2020 it was adapted under the 73rd WHO assembly and was branded, The Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2025.