Philips and salesforce.com Team Up for Healthcare IT Cloud




Royal Philips and salesforce.com announced a strategic alliance in which they will work towards developing a new platform of cloud-based healthcare information technologies. The two parties plan to leverage Philips' expertise in medical technology, clinical applications, and clinical informatics, and salesforce.com's leadership in enterprise cloud computing and customer relationship management (CRM).
 
The envisioned platform, based on the Salesforce1 Platform with cloud, mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT), and social traits, will enable collaboration and workflow, allowing caregivers to collaborate closely in support of their patients. It will also facilitate integration of data from multiple sources, including electronic medical records (EMR), diagnostic and treatment information obtained through Philips' imaging equipment, monitoring equipment, personal devices, and technologies like Apple's HealthKit.
 
The platform intends to boost medical device and data interoperability, and seeks to enhance patient relationship management, from self-care and prevention, through diagnosis and treatment, to recovery and wellness. In addition, the expected collection of data and subsequent analysis aim to enhance clinical decision making by professionals and engage patients to take a more active role in managing their personal health. The platform is intended to be open to developers and to result in a vibrant ecosystem of partners creating applications.
 
Philips and salesforce.com have already worked together to produce Philips eCareCoordinator and Philips eCareCompanion, which will be released later this summer. This industry initiative comes on the heels of a recent salesforce.com offering for the financial industry. In the healthcare data integration/EMR arena, salesforce.com will challenge the leader Infor Cloverleaf and other strong players such as Oracle eGate and Orion Health.
 
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