Extraordinary Times Call For Exceptional Response From Philips’ Connected Care Chief
Accelerated Health Care System Transformation Has Been One Positive To Emerge From The COVID-19 Episode
Roy Jakobs was appointed internally to head connected care at Philips on 28 January, shortly before COVID-19 forced the first of many lockdowns around the world. The disruption prompted a rapid rethink of priorities, which has shown opportunities for lasting health care system change.
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Philips is already the leader in hospital patient monitoring and adding BioTelemetry will make it also the top provider of ambulatory cardiac diagnostics and monitoring systems.
Medtechs took a long look at themselves as they rose to the challenges of COVID-19. How they responded, repurposed and regrouped to tackle the coronavirus was both sobering and uplifting. The lessons of 2020 must be integrated into the digitally-enabled health care systems of 2021 and beyond.
How quickly health care delivery returns to pre-COVID-19 routines is the million-dollar question. With coronavirus volatility still a worrying reality and the burden of chronic care ever present, medtech companies that partner with provider systems must ensure they are covering all the bases. For Royal Philips’ Roy Jakobs, this means delivering on the promises of connected care.