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Philips-Commissioned RAND Report Highlights Promise of Home Health and Need for Multi-Stakeholder Action to Break Down Barriers to Adoption
Date:12/7/2010

ANDOVER, Mass., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and the RAND Corporation today released results of an international analysis on issues and challenges facing home healthcare. The study suggests that healthcare stakeholders believe a greater reliance on home healthcare is necessary to better equip healthcare systems with caring for the rapidly growing aging population living longer with chronic illnesses.

The report, which surveyed influencers in China, France, Germany, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S., also found that stakeholders believe home healthcare technology has clear potential to relieve pressure on healthcare systems from staff shortages and capacity constraints.  

Although experts agree on the role of home health in principle, initiatives to change the status quo remain limited. According to the RAND report, several challenges, such as a lack of familiarity with technology, health literacy and skills to effectively use home healthcare solutions, along with affordability, serve as barriers to the adoption of home health technologies.

The report found that stakeholders believe a consensus must be reached between U.S. patients, healthcare providers, insurance companies and healthcare payers to successfully shift the structure of healthcare toward more home health. This includes the need for more research on home technology solutions.

"Philips is committed to seeing home healthcare become more accessible, and we have a vision for how technology can help make that happen," said Walter van Kuijen, general manager of Home Monitoring for Philips Healthcare. "The RAND report validated that the vision is shared by many healthcare thought leaders. The report also showed us that more comprehensive proof is needed."  

To further discuss the results of the study and promote an increased utilization of home health solutions, Philips will host a panel discussion with leading home
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