Salesforce and Philips partner to manage chronic illness
Fortune 500 technology company Salesforce.com has announced a partnership with Philips, the electronics company, to create new technology to manage chronic health conditions.
Chronic diseases account for 7 of 10 deaths
The New York Times writes, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases account for 7 of 10 deaths, and for 75 percent of health care costs in America. The five major chronic conditions, in the CDC list, are heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and obesity.”
Remote monitoring helps patients with greatest needs
Salesforce and Philips have been working together for the past 6 months. They’re starting with applications that allow hospitals and caregivers to remotely monitor patients with chronic illness. These applications link software over the Internet with sensor devices like blood pressure cuffs, weight scales, fall detectors, and activity trackers. The information from the devices is analyzed by Philips software so that medical staff can be alerted to patients who are in the greatest need of attention.
Hopes for improved care
We hope these innovations will also help chronically ill patients prevent traumatic hospitalizations and improve quality of life through better management of their conditions. We imagine that remote monitoring could also help family caregivers by reducing the need for in-office visits or constantly measuring and reporting vital signs.