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Philips and Spencer Health Solutions expand partnership to Europe

October 14, 2019

Chronically ill patients in selected EU countries to benefit from in-home medication adherence and telehealth platform

Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Morrisville, NC, U.S. – Building on their successful partnership providing medication adherence solutions to high-acuity patients in the U.S. Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and Spencer Health Solutions announced today the expansion of their partnership to Europe.

Technological solutions can help patients and their caregivers to improve medication plan compliance. Medication adherence reduces hospitalization, emergency department use and doctor’s visits of patients and thereby lessens this burden on healthcare systems leading to lower healthcare costs [1,2]. Estimates suggest that non-adherence contributes to nearly 200,000 premature deaths in Europe and costs of EUR 125 billion annually in excess healthcare services for European Governments [2].

“As health systems work to better manage high risk and high-cost patient populations, medication adherence solutions can help to improve medication management and increase patient engagement,” said Derek Ross, Business Leader Population Health Management at Philips. “Technological solutions can help our customers to improve medication adherence of their patients and to deliver better value-based care. We are excited to bring a user-friendly and patient-centric solution for medication adherence to Europe together with Spencer Health Solutions.”

Already in use by patients taking multiple medications in the United States and Canada, the Spencer® Smart Hub is launching in selected markets in Europe including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland, beginning with the Netherlands in the fourth quarter of 2019. The Spencer medication adherence solution is part of a portfolio of Philips solutions to support and remotely manage elderly and patients in their homes and connect them with their care providers when needed.

“Through our partnership with Philips we can now jointly introduce our medication adherence solution into the homes of patients across Europe,” said Tom Rhoads, CEO of Spencer. “This expansion builds on our existing partnership in the U.S. which benefits care providers and patients by improving medication adherence. Our digital solution, that connects patients and care providers, supports the delivery of medicine and proactive care while driving down the costs of medical complications related to non-adherence.”

The Spencer device offers a connected ecosystem: an in-home dispensing device providing pre-packaged unit dose medication, a connection to the pharmacy and an assist app for family and caregivers. Family and caregivers are notified and able to contact the patient, when the patient does not take medication. The platform has high rates of medication adherence and patient engagement in the U.S. A case study shows an average adherence rate for patients using Spencer greater than 95 percent, and an average patient response rate to health status questions presented with medication dispenses greater than 81 percent [3].

[1] Roebuck, M.C. et al., Medication adherence leads to lower health care use and costs despite increased drug spending. Health Affairs, 2011, Jan;30(1):91-99.
[2] OECD (2018) Investing in medication adherence improves health outcomes and health system efficiency – Available at: http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=DELSA/HEA/WD/HWP(2018)2&docLanguage=En Last accessed: 13 September
[3] Spencer whitepaper

For further information, please contact

Joost Maltha
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +31 6 10 55 81 16
E-mail: joost.maltha@philips.com

Gayle McCracken
Spencer Health Solutions, Inc.
Tel.: +1 919-208-9176
E-mail: gmccracken@spencerhealthsolutions.com­

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Spencer Health Solutions
Advancing research and healthcare from the home. Bring new treatments to market faster and at lower cost with the spencer® Smart Hub. Spencer Health Solutions, Inc.’s award-winning spencer® Smart Hub combines medication dispensing, telehealth and engagement so patients, their health care providers, and clinical research teams stay connected. For more information, visit www.spencerhealthsolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter @spencerhealth

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Jokowi upbeat about Palapa Ring educing improved trade, bureaucracy

We must bear in mind that the fast growth of digital technology and connectivity should not be misused to spread hate speech or to share slander, hoaxes, and fake news. This must be restrained

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has pinned high hopes on the fully operational Palapa Ring projects boosting trade and bureaucracy in addition to enhancing public services.

“After we can connect it, market places in regions can also be connected to the national and global marketplaces. This will also boost our industry to increase its competitiveness,” Jokowi stated at the inauguration of operations of the Palapa Ring at the State Palace here on Monday.

The president has appealed to local administrations to derive benefits from the Palapa Ring to realize greater effectiveness and efficiency in public services.

He also appealed to the public to become smart internet users and restrain from spreading hoaxes and slander.

“We must bear in mind that the fast growth of digital technology and connectivity should not be misused to spread hate speech or to share slander, hoaxes, and fake news. This must be restrained,” Jokowi emphasized.

The head of state believes that Palapa Ring will offer equitable access to technology to all Indonesians.

Palapa Ring is one of the government’s priority infrastructure projects comprising a 36 thousand-kilometer (km)-long fiber optic cable network aimed at providing access to 4G services across the archipelago by 2019.

The Palapa Ring encircles Indonesia’s seven island groupings of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua and incorporates eight connecting networks.

The eastern section of the Palapa Ring is constructed along 4,450 km, comprising 3,850 km of sub marine cable and 600 km of land cable, with 15 landing points in 21 cities and districts. The eastern section covers East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, West Papua, and Papua.

The western section of the Palapa Ring covers Riau, Riau Islands, and Natuna, while the central section spans Kalimantan, Sulawesi, North Maluku, and Sangihe-Talaud Islands.

Source: ANTARA News

Stakeholders urged to conduct integrated management of water resources

Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is a new approach to develop the management of water resources that pays attention to the environment.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Public Works and Housing Ministry has urged stakeholders to jointly manage water resources, from upstream to downstream, as part of the integrated water resources management (IWRM) approach.

“Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is a new approach to develop the management of water resources that pays attention to the environment,” Secretary of the Public Works and Housing Ministry Anita Firmanti noted in a written statement released on Monday.

As such, the management of water resources can be conducted in a comprehensive and integrated manner analogous to the environment-friendly concept to ascertain the sustainable use of water for public welfare, she remarked.

IWRM requires a river basin-based method as its main entity Hence, as a river basin organization (RBO), River Area Centers of the Public Works and Housing Ministry and State Drinking Water Company Perum Jasa Tirta (PJT) function as a spearhead in the management of water resources in river areas, assisted by regional governments and residents grouped in the river community.

To improve the management of water resources, the government has divided river basin areas into 128 units across the nation in line with the management authority of the central government and regional administrations, she stated.

The water reservoir capacity across Indonesia, currently reaching some 14 billion cubic meters annually, is only able to irrigate 11 percent of the seven million hectares of irrigated paddy fields in the country.

To this end, the country was in the process of building 56 dams in 2018, of which 15 have been completed. This year, the government has also built several dams, including the Ameroro dam in Southeast Sulawesi, Jragung dam in Central Java, and Tiu Suntuk in West Nusa Tenggara.

The construction of 65 dams, once completed in 2023-2024, will add to the area of irrigated farm land, she stated.

Presence of the dams will also increase potential raw water, energy, flood control, and tourism.

Source: ANTARA News

Blaze tears through forest on Mount Andong in Magelang

Magelang, Central Java (ANTARA) – A blaze spread across a forest area on Mount Andong in Temu, Jogoyasan Village, Ngablak Sub-district, Magelang, Central Java, on Sunday afternoon, as Indonesia reels from prolonged drought induced by the El Nino natural phenomenon.

The cause of the fire is yet unknown, Edy Susanto, head of the Magelang District Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD), stated here on Sunday.

A ranger notified the Magelang BPBD about the fire on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. local time, he remarked.

A joint team comprising rangers, firefighters, and volunteers, was deployed to extinguish the blaze immediately. The team managed to put out a fire on the middle slope but was yet struggling to extinguish another fire spot located on a steep slope.

A partition was built to prevent the spread of fire to a wider area. However, a strong wind blew in the opposite direction, and the fire spread to the top of the mountain.

An El Nino-induced severe dry spell has cast a pall over 100 districts and cities in Indonesia’s provinces of Aceh, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara, and East Nusa Tenggara.

Most parts of Java, Bali, and Nusa Tenggara have yet to receive rain for nearly 60 days. The extreme dry season has impacted 102,746 hectares (ha) of agricultural area and ruined 9,358 ha.

A total of 55 district and municipal administrations in the seven provinces have declared a state of emergency in their regions over drought.

Furthermore, the prolonged drought has triggered forest fires in several provinces, such as Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan.

On Java Island, wildfires have also reportedly affected forest areas on the slopes of several mountainous areas akin to what had transpired last year.

Mount Merbabu, Mount Sumbing, Mount Slamet, and Mount Sindoro in Central Java Province; Mount Argopuro and Mount Sadran in East Java Province; Mount Ciremai in West Java Province; and Mount Lawu located on the border of the provinces of Central and East Java were among those hit by wildfires in 2018.

Source: ANTARA News

Haze cover over Palembang thickens: Walhi

Palembang, South Sumatra (ANTARA) – Haze arising from forest fires and shrouding Palembang, South Sumatra Province, has thickened over the past week, Executive Director of Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) Hairul Sobri stated.

“Air quality in Palembang today is categorized as unhealthy due to smog from forest fires in several districts, such as Ogan Ilir, Banyuasin, and Ogan Kemering Ilir,” he noted here on Monday.

He remarked that the air over Palembang is not only unhealthy but also tends to be hazardous, with pollutant level at over 250 micrograms per cubic meter (m3).

In accordance with the Air Pollution Standard Index (ISPU), the levels of 0-50 micrograms/m3 is categorized as good; 50-150, moderate; 150-250, unhealthy; 250-350, very unhealthy; and over 350 micrograms/m3, hazardous.

Walhi has urged the authorities to extinguish forest fires immediately to prevent haze from spreading to wider areas and chocking local inhabitants, especially children and women, as the smog is hazardous.

The local and central governments must immediately extinguish the forest fires, as haze threatens the health of people.

Palembang health office head Dr Letizia remarked that a team had been formed as a precautionary measure against the increase in the number of people affected by haze.

Hundreds of Palembang residents were afflicted by respiratory illness since their city had been blanketed by haze.

He reminded local residents to wear face masks and stay indoors while the city is shrouded by smog.

Forest fires induced by the El-Nino natural phenomenon that triggered prolonged drought across Indonesia during this year’s dry season have affected eight provinces in Indonesia.

However, only six have declared an emergency status for forest fire, according to Director of Forest Fire Mitigation Raffles B. Panjaitan of the Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry.

The six provinces are Riau, with the emergency status declared on Feb 19-Oct 31, or 255 days; West Kalimantan (from Feb 12 to Dec 31, or 323 days); South Sumatra (March 8-Oct 31, or 237 days); Central Kalimantan (May 28-Aug 26, or 91 days); South Kalimantan (June 1-Oct 31, or 153 days); and Jambi (July 23-Oct 20, or 90 days).

Source: ANTARA News