During the recent Africa Innovation Experience event held in Johannesburg, Philips  showcased a variety of healthcare solutions that they are developing and deploying around the world.

The solutions include wearable and IOT health monitoring and management devices and portable advanced diagnostic devices developed for environments in which healthcare is a challenge, such as under-resourced communities where hospitals and clinics are few and far between, reported IT News.

Speaking at the inaugural event, Philips Africa CEO, JJ van Dongen, said: “Our mission is to improve the lives of 3 billion people by 2025. This is a bold and daring vision. But looking at the state of the world, it is a path worth taking,” said van Dongen.

During the event attendees were able to see solutions which are addressing the challenges in Africa, such as the Visiq system, a portable ultra-mobile ultrasound system that provides high quality images. The system, which has been in use in Philips’ mobile clinics in SA, is designed for expectant mothers in remote areas who wouldn’t otherwise have access to this type of technology or advanced care.

Also showcased at the event was the Minicare Acute, a fully-automated handheld rapid diagnostic testing solution that can measure target molecules in very low concentrations of blood in a matter of minutes. According to Philips, the Minicare can perform a wide variety of diagnostic blood tests, including hormones, drugs and proteins. The platform also has the capability to test for multiple markers in the same drop of blood, at the same time.

Attendees also got a glimpse into a series of personal health programmes aimed at empowering consumers to take greater control of their health. Each health programme comprises connected health measurement devices, an app-based personalised program and secure, cloud-based data analysis.

“Innovation has been and will always be at the heart of Philips and the Africa Innovation Experience underlines how we are pushing the boundaries to improve people’s lives with a host of localized solutions and services,” concluded van Dongen.

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