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Partners HealthCare At Home Strengthens Services with Philips

        Partners HealthCare At Home Strengthens Services with Philips

Leading Massachusetts Home Health Provider Aims to Reduce Readmissions and
Improve Care Coordination with Philips Hospital to Home program

PR Newswire

BOSTON and ANDOVER, Mass., Feb. 12, 2014

BOSTONand ANDOVER, Mass., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Partners HealthCare
At Home has selected Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) to support its
growing telemonitoring services, providing improved clinical oversight for
newly discharged patients and those with chronic conditions, such as
congestive heart failure. With this enhanced care, Partners HealthCare At Home
nursing staff can remotely monitor a patient's health by tracking vital signs
and intervening earlier with medical attention, successfully reducing the rate
of costly hospital readmissions.

"Remote patient monitoring does more than improve care coordination," says Sue
Beausoliel, vice president of operations at Partners HealthCare at Home. "It
provides a tool for patients to actively engage in their own health
management. As the healthcare industry focuses more on improving patient
experience and outcomes while reducing costs, technologies such as home
monitoring contribute toward improved quality of life. Instead of having to
wait for the next appointment, this real-time data daily monitoring helps us
connect with patients, track their health status, alert us to a problem and
intervene earlier before it becomes full blown."

The agency has already demonstrated positive results with telemonitoring
through its Chronic Cardiac Care program. Since 2006, PHH has served 1,200
heart failure patients through this program and found a 50 percent reduction
in readmission rates for enrolled patients, with an estimated savings of $10
million in health care costs.

Partners selected Philips as its telemonitoring partner based on its proven
track record in implementing their other home based innovative clinical
programs — Lifeline and Medication Dispensing — for PHH patients. These
services transform the way care is delivered by creating the shortest path to
the best care, from hospital to the home. Developed in collaboration with
clinicians and health systems, Philips' hospital to home programs equip
providers with a range of tools and services that lay the foundation for
long-term success with telehealth.

The first 200 home monitors were installed in patient homes in less than two
weeks. Partners utilized its own network of installers as a key asset in
establishing monitoring services in patients' homes and providing the training
needed to ensure both clinical and patient adoption.

"Telehealth is so much more than a monitoring technology or a patient
engagement app – it's a coordinated set of clinical programs that's key to
enabling the future of healthcare and addressing the needs of our aging
population," said Brian Rosenfeld, M.D., vice president and chief medical
officer of Philips Healthcare Hospital to Home. "Since 2006, Partners has been
on the forefront of telehealth, and we're proud to help them drive the next
phase of their strategic vision."

For more information on Philips Hospital to Home clinical programs, please
visit: http://www.hospitaltohome.philips.com.

For more information on Partners HealthCare at Home, please visit:
http://partnersathome.org/index.aspx.

About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being
company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in
the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the
Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs
approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100
countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home
healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications,
as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is
located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Partners HealthCare At Home
Partners HealthCare at Home is dedicated to delivering compassionate care
across the healthcare continuum for persons recovering from or learning to
live fully with illness, injury and disability, by offering high quality
in-home support services, where the comfort and security of familiar
surroundings can greatly enhance quality of life. Partners HealthCare at Home
is affiliated with the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network as key parts of
Partners Continuing Care, the non-acute care services division of Partners
HealthCare, founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General
Hospital and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Contact:
Kathy O'Reilly
Philips
(o) 978-659-2638 (mobile) 978-221-8919
Kathy.oreilly@philips.com
Twitter: @kathyoreilly

Contact:
Amy Magin Wong
Partners HealthCare at Home
(o) 617.952.6856 (mobile) 978.604.7406
awong23@partners.org
Twitter: @PartnersatHome

SOURCE Philips Healthcare

Website: http://partnersathome.org
 
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