With an eye on accountable care organizations and other providers entering into quality care initiatives, Philips Healthcare and Salesforce.com have teamed to offer a cloud-based platform to identify and manage at-risk patients.

The vendors envision the platform supporting care delivery in the physician office, hospital and at home following discharge, says Manu Varma, senior director of strategy and marketing in PhilipsÂ’ Hospital to Home program.

Philips has significant market share for provider and home-based patient monitoring products that collect huge amounts of data from providers and patients. Salesforce has robust cloud platform capabilities and widely used popular customer relationship management software.

Working with other electronic health records vendors and other IT companies and application developers to offer products and device/data interoperability on the open platform of Salesforce, Philips will roll out a suite of hosted software enabling providers to better collaborate with each other and with patients across the continuum of care. The vendor also will offer data analytics tools.

The platform initially will launch later this summer with two clinical products: eCareCompanion, which is a patient engagement application that collects home-based data; and eCareCoordinator to aid clinicians in collaboratively monitoring and prioritizing large numbers of at-risk patients, and includes patient engagement tools.

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