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Philips and BioIntelliSense form strategic collaboration to enhance remote patient monitoring for at-risk patients from the hospital into the home

July 9, 2020

  • Philips integrates the BioIntelliSense FDA-cleared BioSticker™ sensor as part of its remote patient monitoring solutions for patients outside the hospital
  • Multi-parameter sensors aid monitoring across multiple chronic conditions with medical-grade vital signs for physicians to remotely track core symptoms, including COVID-19  

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced it has formed a strategic collaboration with BioIntelliSense, a continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence company, to integrate its BioSticker™ medical device into Philips’ remote patient monitoring (RPM) offering to help monitor at-risk patients from the hospital into the home.  With the addition of multi-parameter sensors, Philips’ solutions can enhance how clinicians monitor patient populations living with chronic conditions – including diabetes, cancer, congestive heart failure and more –  in their homes with passive monitoring of key vital signs, physiological biometrics and symptomatic events via a discreet wearable patch for monitoring up to 30 days.

Remote patient monitoring and telehealth-enabled clinical programs offer care teams a sustainable and scalable way to manage patient populations with chronic or complex conditions at home, and plays a key role in supporting care for COVID-19 patients who do not require hospitalization. By regularly transmitting patient data that can provide critical insights into a patient’s condition, the collaboration will empower care teams in the U.S. with a more holistic patient view and the ability to intervene earlier before adverse events occur.  With single-use sensors and patient-owned technology supporting remote monitoring, care teams can also help reduce the need for clinicians and patients to interact in person.

“With more patients interacting with their doctors from home and more hospitals developing strategies to virtually engage with their patients, remote patient monitoring is now, more than ever, an essential tool,” said Roy Jakobs, Chief Business Leader Connected Care, member of the Executive Committee at Royal Philips. “Building on Philips’ global leadership in patient monitoring, which includes an extensive suite of advanced monitoring solutions, platforms and sensors, this is the latest example of our capability to allow more seamless, cloud-based data collection across multiple settings from the home to the hospital and back into the home. Patient data, coupled with our clinically differentiated and leading AI-powered technology, quantifies the data into relevant actionable insights to help detect deterioration trends and support care interventions – all while outside the walls of the hospital.”

Wireless, secure data transfer of key vital signs
The BioSticker is a single-use, FDA-cleared 510k class II wearable medical device to enable at-home continuous passive monitoring with minute level data across a broad set of vital signs, physiological biometrics and symptomatic events (skin temperature, resting heart rate, resting respiratory rate, body position, activity levels, cough frequency) on a single device for thirty-days. Symptoms, including those directly associated with COVID-19 such as temperature and respiratory rate, can be remotely monitored in confirmed cases of Coronavirus and also for those patients not sick enough to be hospitalized, or those suspected of having COVID-19. In addition to COVID-19, the BioSticker device will help transform the way clinicians monitor and manage patients living with chronic conditions from the home.

“Multi-parameter sensors are the natural next phase for remote monitoring, especially at a time when more patients are engaging with their physicians from home,” said James Mault, MD, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BioIntelliSense. “Clinicians need medical grade monitoring and algorithmic clinical insights for COVID-19 exposure, symptoms and management. Accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis, the practice of medicine has been irreversibly enlightened as to the safety and efficacy of virtual care. Philips is a demonstrated leader in remote patient monitoring, and we look forward to BioIntelliSense’s technology  playing an integral role in simplifying and enhancing outcomes for patients and their doctors.”

Healthcare Highways first to leverage BioSticker as a part of Philips’ RPM solutions
Healthcare Highways, a leading provider of health plans, high performance provider networks, pharmacy benefit management, population health management, and benefit plan administration, is the first to leverage the BioSticker sensor as a part of Philips’ RPM program in the U.S. Out of the seven programs that will be deployed with Healthcare Highways, one will focus specifically on monitoring patients with COVID-19. The remaining six will focus on conditions across the acuity spectrum, including patients with congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, total joint replacement, cancer and asthma. The program will help Healthcare Highways improve insights to patient health status across its provider network.

“Healthcare Highways was built on the idea of delivering measurable value and access to quality care to our members. We work in partnership with our providers to innovate on the care model, and look at Remote Patient Monitoring as the next frontier of how providers will connect with patients,” said Creagh Milford, DO, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of Healthcare Highways and Chief Executive Officer of HighCare Health. “COVID-19 has underscored the need for proactive care management. Resources are strained and by integrating an RPM program with biosensor technology, we’ll be able to drive further value for our unique member base, providers and employers to establish a new way of care delivery.”

Philips’ remote patient monitoring offerings are part of the company’s broader Population Health Management portfolio, which provides a comprehensive and proactive healthcare delivery strategy to connect clinicians, providers and patients for ongoing care. By combining technology and data-driven population management with clinical expertise and a proven programmatic approach, Philips supports the delivery of telehealth services for programs in and out of the hospital to provide connected, patient-centered care across the health continuum.

For further information, please contact:

Kathy O’Reilly
Philips Global Press Office
Tel: +1 978 221 8919
Email: Kathy.oreilly@philips.com
Twitter: @kathyoreilly

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2019 sales of EUR 19.5 billion and employs approximately 81,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About BioIntelliSense
BioIntelliSense is ushering in a new era of continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence for Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). Its medical-grade Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform seamlessly captures minute-to-minute vital signs, physiological biometrics and symptomatic events through an effortless patient experience. For more information on how BioIntelliSense is redefining remote patient monitoring through medical-grade and cost-effective data services, please visit our website at BioIntelliSense.com.


COVID-19: Time for people to step up as ‘frontliners’ – Health Minister


KOTA KINABALU The time has come for the people to shoulder the responsibility of being “frontliners” in the fight against COVID-19, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.


He said this meant that the people had to take greater responsibility through their own actions to get Malaysia declared free of the coronavirus according to the six criteria set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).


“Personnel of the Health Ministry (MOH), National Security Council, police, Rela, army and several other agencies which have been in the frontline of the battle can now divert (part of) this responsibility to the people.





“As such, the people need to fully abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP) set under the new normal so that we can return to our normal way of life,” he told reporters after making a courtesy call on Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal here today.


He reminded the people to adhere to all the guidelines given by the authorities, including avoiding crowded and confined places and refraining from getting too close to people when talking.


“We should also wash hands with soap and water regularly, wear masks in public places and heed reminders from MOH,” he added.



Dr Adham said the reopening of schools on July 15 would be a big test in the fight against the coronavirus.


“We do not want a school cluster to emerge. Therefore, adherence to the guidelines under the new normal is important, apart from the monitoring of compliance with SOP,” he said.


Asked on the courtesy call, he said it was to update the chief minister on the COVID-19 situation in the country.


“The Sabah chief minister appreciates the need to stop the spread of COVID-19; he is very proactive,” he said.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency



Elderly woman cheated of RM3.83 million

Rattled by a ‘police officer’s’ warning that she had committed an offence, a 90-year-old woman ended up losing RM3.83 million.


Petaling Jaya District Police Chief ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said in April this year, the victim received a telephone call allegedly from Pos Malaysia that there was a parcel containing her identity and bank cards.


“The victim refuted this and the call was transferred to an individual claiming to be a police officer from the Perak Contingent Police Headquarters who told the victim she was involved in a money-laundering case and would be arrested,” he said in a press conference here today.




“Worried, the woman then obeyed the suspect’s instructions to make cash transactions to seven different company accounts from April 20 to June 15 in order to avoid arrest.


The victim later realised she had been scammed into losing millions of ringgit and lodged a police report on June 28.


Nik Ezanee said police have arrested eight men and a local woman aged between 30 and 43 years between July 1 and yesterday.



“Seven company accounts in four states, namely Selangor, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah with RM1.4 million have also been frozen,” he said, adding that police were still tracing the remaining RM2.43 million.


The case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.


Nik Ezanee said the syndicate targeted senior citizens or people who were less informed about cyber crimes.


In a separate development, 13 Chinese nationals and a local person were detained in a raid on several houses in Tropicana Avenue here on Tuesday, on suspicion of conducting an online investment scam involving cryptocurrency.


He said the suspects who were aged between 19 and 36 years were being remanded for four days until tomorrow.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Firefighters kept busy rescuing snakes, lizards

JOHOR BAHRU Firefighters were summoned today to catch a three-metre-long python in Iskandar Puteri, Gelang Patah, the latest animal rescue Johor firefighters have engaged in since the imposition of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to check COVID-19.


The firefighters took just 20 minutes to take the snake away, demonstrating their prowess in animal rescue matched their skills in fighting fires.




Johor Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Yahaya Madis said that lately the department has been summoned more often to rescue snakes, biawak (large lizards), cats, dogs and runaway cows as well as take down wasp nests.


He said there have been more cases of the sighting of snakes, lizards and wasps than accidents and fires.


“Since the imposition of the MCO (on March 18), the statistics show that we have been summoned more often to handle animals than fight fires or rescue people.



“Sometimes, in a day we are summoned to attend to 10 to 30 (animal rescue) cases in the whole of Johor,” he told Bernama.


Yahaya also said that the hot and rainy weather also contributed to the rising number of cases involving venomous animals.


Between April and June this year, the number of cases involving special humanitarian services rose about 40 to 50 per cent as compared to the corresponding period last year.


“In April this year, there were 431 cases compared to 319 in April 2019. In May this year, there were more cases, 489, compared to 349 in May last year. Last month, the number of cases surged to 638 compared to 391 in June last year,” he said.


About 30 to 40 per cent of the cases reported involved venomous reptiles and insects. Other special humanitarian services included rescuing kittens and dogs as well as runaway cows.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Anna Jenkins: Family in Australia ready to send DNA samples following discovery of pelvic bone

GEORGE TOWN The family of an Australian woman, Anna Jenkins, who was reported missing in 2017 in Penang, is ready to send DNA samples to police for a comparative test aimed at finding out if a pelvic bone found in a forest near Jalan Batu Gantung, here recently, belonged to the victim.


Timur Laut District Police chief ACP Soffian Santong said the samples were being sent over because of restrictions on international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“We contacted the Australian High Commission in Malaysia to obtain DNA samples of the victim’s family members…and yesterday, the police received feedback from them that the family members had agreed to send it from there,” he told reporters after visiting the construction site where the bone was found along with some clothes and other items here today.





On June 24, a worker who was doing landscape work at the site chanced upon the bone and other items scattered a few metres apart from each other.


Soffian said the site was about three kilometres away from where the victim was last reported to be seen on Jalan Scotland, adding that high-resolution pictures of the items, which included a toothbrush, cross, clothing items, glasses, and hotel access card were also sent to the family for identification purposes.


“Investigations have also revealed that the place where the bone and other items were found was still a jungle in 2017 when the victim was reported missing, and is currently being developed into a residential area. We will also investigate how the items and bone had gotten there,” he said.



Meanwhile, Soffian stressed that the police had never stopped investigations into the missing person’s case as alleged in the Australian media, and that any leads would be used to unravel the mystery behind Anna Jenkin’s disappearance.


He said the police would also record the statements of several individuals including the manager and employees at the project site, besides calling back the e-hailing driver who had ferried the woman before she disappeared to assist in the investigation.


On Dec 13, 2017, Jenkins, 65, was said to have headed out of her hotel room for a dental appointment in Pulau Tikus, and after the treatment, asked staff at the clinic to help her hail a car to go to a charity home in Batu Lanchang.


The woman asked the driver to drop her near a traffic light on Jalan Scotland, but for safety purposes, the driver dropped her off at a school nearby. She has since been reported missing and a police report was lodged by her husband.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


COVID-19: Thailand records 45 days without local transmission


BANGKOK Thailand has recorded zero local COVID-19 transmission for 45 consecutive days and the authorities are beefing up border control to curb the entry of illegal immigrants due to the demand for foreign workers after businesses in the kingdom resumed operations from July 1.


Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman, Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin urged employers to legally employ the foreigners in the kingdom to curb the spread of COVID-19.





“Checkpoints will be set up to intercept illegal immigrants entering the kingdom to curb the spread of COVID-19,” he said at the COVID-19 daily briefing, here, today.


Meanwhile, Immigration Bureau chief, Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang said more than 3,000 illegal immigrants were arrested last month for trying to enter the kingdom.


“Prime Minister, General Prayuth Chan o-cha has instructed the Immigration Department and other security agencies to beef up border control,” he said.



Thailand has reported five new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, all Thai nationals who returned from abroad and undergoing 14-day quarantine at state facilities, bringing the total number of cases to 3,202.


Of the five, four aged between 38 and 54 years, returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the other, a 22-year-old student, returned from Egypt.


Thaweesilp said no fatalities were reported over the same period with the death toll remaining at 58.


To date, 3,085 patients have recovered and discharged from hospitals while 59 remain warded.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency



Muhyiddin visits Rukun Negara exhibition gallery


PUTRAJAYA Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today visited the Rukun Negara exhibition gallery showcasing materials and historical pictures relating to the drafting of the national philosophy.


He visited the gallery after launching the 50th anniversary celebration of Rukun Negara at the Perdana Putra building here.


Muhyiddin was also given a briefing on the exhibition gallery by Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) chairman Suhaimi Sulaiman.




One of the main attractions at the exhibition is a piece of paper featuring Minutes of First Meeting on the Drafting of Rukun Negara, dated March 30, 1970,


The minutes of the meeting, among others, mentioned the meeting which was held at 10am at Treasury, Kuala Lumpur was chaired by Tun Tan Siew Sin (former Finance Minister).


It also stated that Tan Sri Muhammad Gazali Shafie (former Home Minister) was among those who attended the meeting.



Courtesy of the National Archives, the minutes of the meeting is a historical document obtained during the early stages of the formation of Rukun Negara.


The Rukun Negara was proclaimed on Aug 31, 1970, by the then Yang di-Pertuan Agong Almarhum Tuanku Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Zainal Abidin following the May 13 incident in 1969, with the aim to foster unity among the people of different races, religions, cultures, and beliefs.


The exhibition also features local newspaper cuttings as well as 81 photographs relating to the formation of Rukun Negara which were provided by Bernama, the National Archives and the Information Department.


Among the newspaper cutting showcased at the exhibition, are an article from the Straits Times entitled “5-Point guide for all” and Utusan Malaysia’s “Lima Prinsip Rukun Negara” article, dated Sept 1, 1970


With the concept of “time tunnel”, visitors will be taken to explore seven panels, five of which represent each of the five Rukun Negara principles.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency