Sydney, Australia - West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and Queensland Health have signed a strategic partner agreement with Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHI) to transform and improve healthcare to patients in the South East Queensland community who are suffering from complex multiple chronic diseases.
The strategic agreement is focused on implementing a new model of care that provides connected home care services, allowing for optimised care in the community and at home. It also represents a joint commitment to bring innovation to the field, using Philips technology and a global clinical evidence base to improve care delivery across the health continuum.
The partnership enables Queensland Health and WMHHS to continue to expand access to quality care and improve results for Queensland, providing a unique opportunity to bring about unprecedented change that will effectively target the highest need segment of the population resulting in fewer emergency department visits, reduced re-admissions and more patients living and recovering in a supported and monitored environment from the comfort of their homes.
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive, Ms Sue McKee, said the program aims to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic illnesses by connecting and tailoring home, community and hospital based care delivering major health, social and economic benefits to the people of Queensland.
“The burden of chronic illness on patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, taxpayers and the community is rising exponentially as our population ages,” Ms McKee said. “A significant proportion of our hospital resources are used to treat a small percentage of the population with multiple chronic conditions. By partnering with Philips the program will leverage our respective expertise to transform the current, largely ‘reactive’ model of care.”
Kevin Barrow, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand for Philips, said with Australia’s health systems facing increased pressure and complex demographic challenges a new approach to improved care delivery is required.
“Health systems need a trusted, dedicated partner that can bring deep health care and patient expertise, next to technology and resources that will help accelerate the transformation of their organisation and healthcare ecosystem,” Mr Barrow said. “Our partnership with West Moreton reinforces our strong commitment for long-term, strategic collaboration, allowing health systems to focus on what ultimately matters most – delivering better care to the people in their communities.”