Philips develops healing environments


Royal Philips Electronics is developing a new range of healing environments at a new dedicated research facility at its Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Adding to Philips’ portfolio of solutions for hospital care, the healing environments use technology to reduce patient stress, accelerate recovery and improve treatment outcomes.

The new project reflects the emergence of a generation of patients who are well-informed about their condition and exercise their power of choice in finding the hospital that best meets their needs.

One of the concepts under development is a PE-CT uptake room (pictured) that uses calming lighting, video images and sounds to reduce the stress levels of patients awaiting an oncology scan.

Other well-advanced projects include environments focused on preventing delirium in intensive care units.

The new healing environment solutions will be trialled in the facility’s Hospital Area, which simulates the conditions of real hospitals.

“There is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that patient-friendly comforting environments not only reduce anxiety levels but also promote the healing process itself,” said Henk van Houten, General Manager of Philips Research.

“The opening of the Hospital Area is a clear expression of our commitment to this important new area of healthcare research, which leverages Philips’ unique expertise in healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle.”

Philips’s existing products in the healing environments field include the Ambient Experience solution for medical imaging and A&E departments, which uses lighting, sound and images to reduce the stress levels of children undergoing a scan.

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a diversified healthcare company specialising in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare.