Royal Philips, in collaboration with leading Dutch digital health provider, Radboud University Medical Center, (Radboudumc), and cloud computing company, Salesforce, has unveiled a new “connected digital health prototype” that’s intended to help type I diabetics manage their health and connect with caregivers.

“We want to encourage and support people to take full command of their disease by providing them with the right decision tools. This fits in with our mission towards patient-centred participatory health care at Radboudumc,” said Professor in internal medicine at Radboudumc, Cees Tack.

The platform is set to include a prototype mobile patient app and an online community enabled by Philips’ new HealthSuite digital platform. The community will enable enrolled patients and healthcare professionals to interact via private messaging or shared posts.

According to Philips, the system will collect and connect data from electronic medical records (EMRs), multiple personal health devices – including wireless glucose meters and activity monitors – and patient self-reported data. Via a smartphone or tablet, the app will give patients continuous access to important parameters such as blood glucose levels, insulin use, and nutrition. It will also provide continuous coaching guidance.

“Empowering patients to be true partners in their own healthcare by giving them access to their data and by facilitating collaboration is the key to driving change across populations,” said Director at the REshape Center at Radboudumc, Lucien Engelen.

“By collaborating with Philips, we’re creating the digital framework necessary to make data actionable and transform how patients engage with their caregivers and social community,” continued Engelen.

The collaborative prototype mHealth platform will be available in a pilot release by the end of 2015, with plans to introduce similar connected care solutions addressing other chronic conditions in the future.

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