Canada-based Mackenzie Health partners with Philips to create a 'smart hospital'

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As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to drive innovation throughout a wide-range of industries, Canada-based Mackenzie Health has recently signed a...

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to drive innovation throughout a wide-range of industries, Canada-based Mackenzie Health has recently signed a CAD$300 million deal over 18 years with technology giant Philips to create the organization’s vision of a “smart hospital.”

The deal is based on a Managed Equipment Services (MES) model, and is the largest managed equipment services agreement in the history of Canadian healthcare. In addition, the partnership will help progress Mackenzie Health’s maintenance programs and medical technology procurement for its existing Richmond Hill Hospital, as well as the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital set to be completed in 2019.

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Located in the growing Southwest York region just outside of Toronto, the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will feature the most recent Philips healthcare innovations. It will also have access to Philips’ healthcare-specific expertise in categories such as radiology practice management, systems interoperability and patient-centric design.

“The new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital has the potential to transform the lives of residents in our community, who are in need of quality care throughout their healthcare journey,” said Mackenzie Health president and CEO Altaf Stationwala. “To bring our smart hospital vision to life, we are partnering with industry leaders like Philips who are at the forefront of innovation.”

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The new development will include an array of services, including cloud-based predictive analytics as well as new diagnostic technology aimed at improving service and the patient experience.

Furthermore, Philips and Mackenzie Health will work in unison in an attempt to turn patient information like genetics into actionable data to be used for predictive medicine and preventative health. Innovative ideas such as monitoring patients with wearables would also improve clinical outcomes in a much more efficient manner.

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