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February 27, 2017

Philips joins forces with German Onelife for mother & child care

Health technology provider Philips has announced a partnership agreement with German digital health company Onelife Health to jointly develop innovative connected health solutions around mother and child care. While the collaboration with Onelife will initially focus on Germany, Philips’ largest market in Europe, the goal is to introduce the new propositions in other countries as well.

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Leveraging synergies between the portfolios of the two companies in this important area of consumer health, the partnership will initially focus on developing Onelife’s Femisphere pregnancy and first-year-of-life guidance app. As part of the agreement, Philips has acquired a minority interest in Onelife Health. No further financial details were provided.

Using Onelife’s Femisphere app, expectant mothers can track vital signs such as their weight and blood pressure, plus other information such as their exercise levels, sleep quality and mood. The app automatically detects relevant changes and interdependencies in the data in order to provide real-time feedback, such as whether it might be advisable to contact a medical professional. Identifying potential risks and complications at an early stage of pregnancy offers greater security for the health of both mother and child.

By subscribing to Onelife’s Intouch service, Femisphere users are able to digitally share data with their medical professionals so that situations can be rapidly assessed and any necessary intervention initiated. Intouch also provides doctors and midwives with a platform for proactively accessing relevant patient data and test results, so they can directly contact their patients to offer advice or schedule appointments.

Complementing uGrow

OneLife will complement the capabilities of Philips uGrow, which is specifically designed to help parents give their children the best start in life. Philips uGrow captures data from connected devices such as Philips’ smart baby monitor and smart ear thermometer, combines it with manually entered information such as feeding and sleeping patterns, and provides personalized feedback, advice on what to expect, and assurance that development is on track.

 The uGrow ecosystem is built on the open infrastructure of Philips HealthSuite – a cloud-enabled connected health ecosystem of devices, apps and digital tools that work together to empower personalized health and continuous care. HealthSuite is purpose-built to benefit consumers, patients and populations across the health continuum, from healthy living and prevention to diagnosis, treatment and home care.

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