Health tech giant Philips is collaborating with the research-driven health system of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to streamline the digital patient experience and improve healthcare delivery using Philips HealthSuite—a cloud-based care platform that enables virtual care, simplifies patient navigation, and uses AI to personalize care, all while bolstering interoperability.
Interoperability issues have long plagued health data exchanges, and the pressure is on to tend to them now that the ONC is cracking down on interoperability rules. Essentially, hospitals and provider networks aren’t all speaking the same language when it comes to patient health data, and data-sharing issues prevent providers from seamlessly exchanging information like health record data from different healthcare institutions, resulting in delayed care, duplicate testing, and extra work for clinicians. In April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) enforced the 21st Century Cures Act requiring healthcare providers, payers, health information exchanges (HIEs), and electronic health record (EHR) vendors to abide by new interoperability regulations meant to simplify health data exchange to make healthcare more efficient—which can ultimately help curb rising healthcare costs.
Philips’ HealthSuite solution is a triple threat—it addresses the needs of health systems, patients, and clinicians alike, which could make it an attractive digital health investment.