To reach patients in communities with limited access to healthcare, Philips Foundation plays a proactive role in understanding local community needs and deploying Philips digital and connected healthcare solutions to address the medical needs of communities in low-resource settings. Fast and reliable access to advanced medical support in underserved communities helps reduce healthcare barriers, such as having to travel to a larger hospital due to local staff and medical capability shortcomings.
Philips Foundation supports initiatives that aim to digitalize and integrate technology-enabled healthcare solutions in underserved communities.
Two major obstacles to providing healthcare in underserved areas are the lack of financial means and lack of human resources. The solutions we propose must take these challenges into account. Philips Foundation supports initiatives aimed at integrating technology to reduce healthcare costs and increase access to a doctor or specialist at a distance through virtual care.
We collaborate on projects that aim to create evidence for new ways of delivering digital healthcare, addressing existing gaps and barriers in the local health system. In leveraging Philips technologies – such as mobile ultrasound, medical information apps, sensors, testing, monitoring and data collection – the aim is always to have a substantial positive impact on people’s lives. Digital technology enables early disease detection and timely referral, allowing people in their own communities to become the first link in the healthcare chain.
Below are some of our projects that drive locally adapted technology solutions.