BENGALURU: Equipment and technology firm Philips is sharpening its focus on new wave technologies transforming itself into a “digital company” and is looking to increase its workforce in the segment, said Srinivas Prasad, CEO, Philips Innovation Campus (PIC).
PIC started operations in Bengaluru in 1996 as an offshore software centre for Philips. Since, it has evolved into an innovation hub with most of Philips’ R&D work done in the 3,86,000 sq ft campus.
Philips spun off its lighting division in June 2016 to focus on the healthcare division establishing Philips HealthTech as a separate company. Almost 60% of the Philips’ R&D staff is now focused on software and PIC plays a major role.
After refocusing its strategy, the company is trying to win big in the healthcare space by leveraging its expertise in Artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning. “About 15% of our total workforce at PIC works in these three segments and we are looking for talent in the same space,” Prasad said.
In addition to engineers, Philips is also looking for doctors with domain expertise to co-create healthcare solutions for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and looking to increase the workforce by 25% this year — from 2,500 to 3,125 employees — to focus on scaling its positioning in the healthcare sector, Prasad said.
The HealthTech company makes imaging systems like CT, MR, Ultrasound, Interventional X Ray, Clinical Applications and Healthcare Transformation Services amongst others.
PIC has developed several products including IntelliSpace Consultative Critical Care (ICCC), a tele solution that enables the transformation of clinical care into an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The hardware and software provided by Philips HealthTech enables clinicians to monitor the health of patients in multiple ICUs from a central location.
Nurses stationed at the command centre can monitor the patients in the peripheral ICUs 24/7. Currently, there are five such command centres in India covering 1500 ICU beds located in several small towns across country. This solution has been deployed in India and around the world, he said.
PIC has also developed other healthcare products such as TB detection in Chest XRay, Healthsuite Digital Platform (HSDP), Chest Pain Clinics and Mobile Obstetrics Monitoring (MOM). Most of these solutions are in pilot phases or in advanced talks with Hospitals to deploy it, he said.
“With consumers increasingly taking centre stage for the healthcare industry, the entire market is being recalibrated around them,” Prasad said, “the logical solution is — adapting to digital technologies”.