Brisbane, Australia – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) together with West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (WMHHS) and Queensland Health have launched a connected health program using the latest health data technologies. The program, called MeCare, will deliver proactive, continuous and integrated patient care for Australians with complex chronic illness who consequently have reduced quality of life and require frequent hospitalisations. This is the first program in Australia and Asia Pacific helping the high acuity complex chronic population.
MeCare aims to improve the health and quality of life for individuals from the West Moreton community with chronically poor health, while providing significant economic benefits also to the hospital and health system. The program is tackling the challenges of increased expectations to improve self-management, to be treated closer to home, of an ageing population and of increased pressure on the hospital system, by transforming the delivery of care supported by connected health technology.
MeCare is highly personalised with health management plans specifically tailored to each patient’s current behaviours. A patient receives the Philips eCareCompanion, an easy-to-use telehealth app that patients access on a secure tablet at home, and a range of monitoring devices such as a blood pressure monitor, a pulse oximeter and a weight scale. With just a few simple steps, a patient’s vital information is captured wirelessly and transmitted to their care team for review. They can also answer survey questions, receive reminders about their care plan and connect to their care team via a video call.
With this program in place, the West Moreton and extended community is able to make more timely care decisions and intervene earlier, leading to fewer hospitalisations and enhanced patient self-care. The participants will be cared for in the community most of the time by a multi-disciplinary team that includes their family/carer, GP, specialists, allied health professionals and social and community support services; therewith reducing their reliance on hospital inpatient and emergency services.