Royal Philips Electronics is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. We combine our unique clinical expertise with insights to develop solutions that deliver value throughout the care cycle: from disease prevention to screening and diagnosis, through to treatment, monitoring and health management. Phillips delivers new technologies, applications and service models to enhance and expand the Philips product portfolio for the future. Phillips holds world leading positions across its Healthcare businesses and is currently growing Home Healthcare. Philips Research Cambridge is a group of 40 employees working on Chronic Disease Management, looking at technologies and innovations to keep people with long term conditions living at home for longer. Philips Research Cambridge focuses on data gathering, processing and analysis using inputs from a variety of sources including vital sign sensors, patient reports and electronic health records. Phillips Europe has expertise on security, privacy and interoperability and standardisation.
Mr David Walker is a senior scientist at Philips Research Laboratories in Cambridge UK with 30-year experience in research, technologies and development. He has been working on remote health monitoring and recently extending telehealth systems to cover the monitoring of people with neurodegenerative disease. David led the Philips participation in SAPHE – a 3 year DTI funded collaborative project on next generation telehealth and telecare systems. In SAPHE, elderly people living at home with long-term conditions such as COPD and Heart Failure were remotely monitored with patient data being sent to both professional and non-professional carers. Participatory design was used to elicit requirements from all stakeholders. The project culminated with a trial in collaboration with Liverpool PCT. David has also built innovative systems for adherence monitoring and the unobtrusive measurement of lung function. More recently David has been focussing on dementia and developing technology to help people living with dementia as well as their formal and informal carers.