An ecosystem approach
Philips Foundation considers the development of a healthcare ecosystem crucial, as it improves collaboration among the social enterprises it supports, amplifying their joint impact. Key examples are:
Interlinking radiology services – Rology stands out by integrating a teleradiology platform into Kenyan hospitals and clinics, such as linking with Philips X-ray and ultrasound services at Penda Health. Rology’s platform bridges the significant gap between the limited number of radiologists and patient needs, especially given the country's ratio of one radiologist per one million people . The FDA-approved teleradiology platform connects medical cases with remote radiologists at no initial setup cost, ensuring prompt, quality diagnostic reports. By leveraging AI to streamline case preparation and assignment, Rology not only enhances the efficiency of radiological services in clinics but also makes them more cost-effective.
Connecting solutions for improved access – Philips Foundation’s collaboration with NCD Alliance and the Ministry of Health Kenya leverages Philips’ portable ultrasound and iMedrix’ mobile-connected electrocardiography (ECG) technology, KardioScreen. This partnership aids doctors in swiftly diagnosing and managing heart conditions. Having trained over 100 health workers in Siaya County, the initiative strengthens the tele-cardiology network near community care centers. Consequently, KardioScreen diminishes the necessity for patients to travel to distant and more costly hospitals for cardiac screening and consultations.
“Each story from our partners is a testament to the power of passion in transforming healthcare. We are not just investing in technologies; we are investing in hope, determination, and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives societal improvement,” says Margot Cooijmans, Director of the Philips Foundation. “Observing the dedication of these social entrepreneurs, and helping to integrate their innovations, reaffirms our commitment to creating a healthier future for all.”
 Global Citizen (2019). There are over 9,000 clinics in Kenya’s Nairobi County. Only 1,079 are legal.
 The Lancet (2021). Medical imaging and nuclear medicine: a Lancet Oncology Commission
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