Philips and Marienhospital Stuttgart Sign 10-Year Strategic Partnership to Improve Patient Care and Efficiency

PhilipsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and Marienhospital Stuttgart (Germany) today signed a 10-year strategic partnership agreement to expand world-class medicine at the hospital and provide integrated patient care. The project will include renewal and ongoing development of the hospital’s diagnostic imaging equipment and associated IT systems, digitization of its pathology department, and enhancement of the hospital’s emergency medicine capabilities.

Rather than treating each of these improvement areas as a separate exercise, Philips and Marienhospital Stuttgart will integrate them into connected patient care and optimized efficiency solutions. This will involve analysis of the hospital’s current treatment structures and pathways to enhance the overall quality of the hospital’s structures, processes and results, while also identifying potential cost savings. By jointly developing needs-based technology solutions, Marienhospital Stuttgart will be able to better plan its costs and ensure investment security in all areas.

"Due to the long-term nature of our partnership with Philips, our hospital will not only actively participate in future technological advances in healthcare, but also become a leader," said Markus Mord, Managing Director of Marienhospital Stuttgart. "It will enable us to offer our patients diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that consistently meet the latest standards. We live medicine and always focus on the well-being of our patients."

"As a solution provider, we specialize in partnering with our customers to provide integrated care concepts that enhance treatment pathways for their patients," said Peter Vullinghs, Managing Director Philips DACH. "With new, highly innovative approaches, we will help to enhance the quality of medical care for the benefit of the patient across the board. We look forward to many years of mutual cooperation with Marienhospital Stuttgart."

Reliable diagnosis through digital pathology

A core element of the collaboration is redesign of the hospital's pathology department workflow, replacing conventional microscopes and glass slides with Philips' high-performance digital pathology slide scanners and computer workstations. This will allow slide images to be managed, displayed, analyzed and discussed with clinical colleagues - for example, during tumor boards for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers. The ability to share slide images will also enable virtual consultations with experts from other hospitals. Competence networks like this combine the experience of doctors working in the clinic with the knowledge of their research colleagues, speeding up right-first-time diagnosis and the initiation of therapy.

Radiology for current and future needs

Reflecting the holistic nature of the partnership model, Philips will also help to analyze and redefine Marienhospital Stuttgart's radiology procedures, processes and IT systems, as well as coordinating equipment renewal and expansion. Under the terms of the agreement, Philips will be responsible for the procurement, installation, maintenance (including updates and upgrades) and servicing of all large radiology equipment, with an obligation to ensure the availability of equipment in line with the strategic orientation of the hospital.

Emergency medicine for enhanced patient and staff experiences

As the first point of contact for patients with acute health problems, Marienhospital Stuttgart's Clinic for Emergency Medicine plays a central role in its care concept. A working group from Philips and the hospital has already examined the clinic’s current status and development potential against the background of a holistic care approach, including assessment of patient safety, processes, procedures, technical equipment and staff working conditions. The knowledge gained from this will be incorporated into the clinic's future structural planning and implementation.

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and well-being, 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.

About Marienhospital Stuttgart

The Marienhospital Stuttgart was founded in 1890. It is still owned by the Sisters of Mercy of Saint Vincent de Paul in Untermarchtal. From a small hospital with 15 nuns and 90 beds, it has developed into a large hospital and today has 761 beds and well over 2,000 employees. Marienhospital Stuttgart regularly receives recognition from independent institutions such as health insurance companies, magazines and associations; among other things as one of the best hospitals and one of the best employers in Germany.

From the beginning, two characteristics have been one of the cornerstones of the hospital: human attention to the patient and medicine that was technically always up-to-date or ahead of its time. As early as 1908, the hospital was one of the first hospitals to acquire an X-ray machine and in the 130 years of its existence it has always been one of the most technically advanced hospitals in Germany.

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