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Funders join forces to advance a global economy that works for people and the planet.

Their Response & Vision Fund launches today to support community-led and civil society organizations, workers’ rights groups and social movements that work with those most impacted by the economic fallout of Covid-19.

New York, NY, June 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new fund to advance fair global economic responses to COVID-19 launched today. The Response and Vision Fund, an initiative of a newly formed donor collaborative – Funders Organized for Rights in the Global Economy (FORGE) – seeks to build the power of workers and communities, strengthen accountability, and advance progress towards a vision of a global economy that works for people and the planet.

The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated how interconnected the world is, and how entrenched economic disparities remain. Women, migrants and marginalized racial and ethnic groups in multiple regions are bearing the brunt of the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Right now, migrant workers in the Persian Gulf States are forced to live in overcrowded dormitories where little can be done to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. In Latin America, corporations are taking advantage of lock-downs to accelerate extraction and harm of indigenous communities’ natural resources. In Asia, women working in global supply chains face deepening poverty and precarity as buyers cut economic ties.

With such disparities laid bare, the FORGE collaborative and additional philanthropies – which together encompass a variety of arenas, including workers’ rights, climate change, indigenous rights, women’s rights and corporate accountability – have come together to launch the Response and Vision Fund, to advance support to communities most acutely impacted by this crisis and to help drive much-needed systemic change within the global economy.

The Response and Vision Fund has the following three immediate priorities:

·     Build power: Bolster and elevate power-building organizations led by and in service to those most impacted by the economic fallout of Covid-19, including migrant workers, women, indigenous communities, peasant farmers and the urban poor;

·     Strengthen accountability: Hold financial and corporate actors – particularly those providing or receiving bailouts, stimulus and recovery funds – to account for impacts of their actions in the context of this crisis;

·     Shape bailout and recovery packages: Shape transnational bailout, recovery and stimulus initiatives, to center economic, climate and gender justice.

The Fund’s first rounds of funding through this year will build forward into a second systems-change track that will advance innovative international strategies for a more just global economy.

The Fund will support promising strategies to achieve impact now, and to translate those lessons to scale.

There are multiple ways in which funders can seek to address challenges inherent in the global economic system: the FORGE collaborative creates a dynamic space for funders to learn from the field and each other, to align strategies effectively, as well as to pool resources.

The Response and Vision Fund is not only a collaboration between several members of FORGE, but also an effort supported by additional philanthropic partners who are not currently part of the collaborative. The Fund welcomes further donor contributions. At the present moment funding from the Fund is by invitation only.

Patrick Gaspard, President, Open Society Foundations, said: “We are living through a pivotal moment. Philanthropies have a role to play in determining how we build back from COVID-19. Far too often, philanthropies work in their silos, and for this, I am heartened to see so many of us come together through the FORGE collaborative, to work together across our various sectors to ensure that the voices of those most impacted by both the economic disparities in our world, and the ecological destruction in the name of profit, are at the center of the policies and reforms put in place to ensure a more inclusive, and responsible recovery.” 

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, said: “COVID-19 has electrified long-standing flaws in our global economy. The Response and Vision Fund invests in the power of working people who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, to advance solutions that will not only drive recovery in the short term, but will build an economy that works for everyone in the long term.”

Leslie Johnston, CEO of Laudes Foundation, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the deficiencies in our dominant economic system which perpetuate inequality and vulnerability. We are proud to join other funders to support the brave approaches of civil society, labour and environmental groups to seize opportunities to transform this system.”

Srik Gopal, Managing Partner, Humanity United, said: “Our global economy is characterized by the power imbalance between employers and vulnerable workers. It is now our responsibility to support communities and workers in ways that fundamentally shift this imbalance, while also holding corporate and government actors accountable. The Response and Vision Fund will play a critical role in helping communities rebuild a more equitable system.”

Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund, said: “As governments shape stimulus and recovery packages, people – not corporations – must be at the center of policymaking. Decisions made now will determine whether we set the global economy on a path of continued inequality or universal human rights. As we face crises ranging from climate destruction to deepening economic and social divides, the necessary choice is clear. Through FORGE and the Response and Vision Fund, funders are working collaboratively for greater impact, investing in system change that defends the rights of people today and improves the lives of future generations.”

Conniel Malek, Executive Director, True Costs Initiative, said: “This pandemic has simply unmasked the mutually reinforcing health, economic and inequality crises which already existed. The Response and Vision Fund allows us to build and use our collective muscle to prioritize those most affected by these crises and to challenge existing systems that concentrate power without accountability to people.”

Gabriel Baracatt, CEO of Fundación Avina, said: “Those whose rights are constantly under attack are more vulnerable to the impacts of the pandemic. Only by ensuring their capacity to exercise power can we shift some of the structural imbalances that have exacerbated the fallout of the crisis in the global South. Ground-breaking innovations are tackling COVID-related challenges while dismantling inequitable structures. Through collective collaboration, the Response and Vision Fund looks to elevate some of these promising global South-led initiatives.”

Daria Caliguire, Director of the SAGE Fund, said: “We are witnessing widespread structural failures of our global economy to protect workers, communities and the planet. We are also witnessing an unparalleled opening to advance solutions and a collective response from the ground up. Through FORGE and the Response and Vision Fund, funders are coming together with civil society and social movements to support, cultivate and scale strategies that target root causes of disparities and human rights abuses within the global economy.” 

Mike Kubzansky, CEO, Omidyar Network, said: “This moment requires a bold and unifying response. The Response and Vision Fund is an opportunity to begin to address the near-term economic crisis and drive longer-term systemic change. We must rebuild an economy that is equitable, sustainable, and recognizes the need to increase worker power. Collectively and globally, we strive to create and preserve a healthy society where prosperity is fairly shared.”

Note to editors:  Funders Organized for Rights in the Global Economy, (FORGE), is a newly formed collaborative in which participants have opportunities to learn from the field and each other, align strategies effectively, and also to pool funds. FORGE members include Ford Foundation, Freedom Fund, Fundación Avina, Humanity United, Laudes Foundation, Open Society Foundations, SAGE Fund, True Costs Initiative, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and Wallace Global Fund. www.forgefunders.org

The Response and Vision Fund is open to funders beyond those participating in FORGE. In addition to FORGE members, Omidyar Network and an anonymous foundation are seed contributors to the Fund.  www.forgefunders.org/response-and-vision-fund

For additional information or to arrange interviews, please be in touch with Lucy Carrigan, Communications Officer at Open Society Foundations: lucy.carrigan@opensocietyfoundations.org

Lucy Carrigan
Open Society Foundations 

 

Funders join forces to advance a global economy that works for people and the planet.

Their Response & Vision Fund launches today to support community-led and civil society organizations, workers’ rights groups and social movements that work with those most impacted by the economic fallout of Covid-19.

New York, NY, June 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new fund to advance fair global economic responses to COVID-19 launched today. The Response and Vision Fund, an initiative of a newly formed donor collaborative – Funders Organized for Rights in the Global Economy (FORGE) – seeks to build the power of workers and communities, strengthen accountability, and advance progress towards a vision of a global economy that works for people and the planet.

The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated how interconnected the world is, and how entrenched economic disparities remain. Women, migrants and marginalized racial and ethnic groups in multiple regions are bearing the brunt of the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Right now, migrant workers in the Persian Gulf States are forced to live in overcrowded dormitories where little can be done to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. In Latin America, corporations are taking advantage of lock-downs to accelerate extraction and harm of indigenous communities’ natural resources. In Asia, women working in global supply chains face deepening poverty and precarity as buyers cut economic ties.

With such disparities laid bare, the FORGE collaborative and additional philanthropies – which together encompass a variety of arenas, including workers’ rights, climate change, indigenous rights, women’s rights and corporate accountability – have come together to launch the Response and Vision Fund, to advance support to communities most acutely impacted by this crisis and to help drive much-needed systemic change within the global economy.

The Response and Vision Fund has the following three immediate priorities:

·     Build power: Bolster and elevate power-building organizations led by and in service to those most impacted by the economic fallout of Covid-19, including migrant workers, women, indigenous communities, peasant farmers and the urban poor;

·     Strengthen accountability: Hold financial and corporate actors – particularly those providing or receiving bailouts, stimulus and recovery funds – to account for impacts of their actions in the context of this crisis;

·     Shape bailout and recovery packages: Shape transnational bailout, recovery and stimulus initiatives, to center economic, climate and gender justice.

The Fund’s first rounds of funding through this year will build forward into a second systems-change track that will advance innovative international strategies for a more just global economy.

The Fund will support promising strategies to achieve impact now, and to translate those lessons to scale.

There are multiple ways in which funders can seek to address challenges inherent in the global economic system: the FORGE collaborative creates a dynamic space for funders to learn from the field and each other, to align strategies effectively, as well as to pool resources.

The Response and Vision Fund is not only a collaboration between several members of FORGE, but also an effort supported by additional philanthropic partners who are not currently part of the collaborative. The Fund welcomes further donor contributions. At the present moment funding from the Fund is by invitation only.

Patrick Gaspard, President, Open Society Foundations, said: “We are living through a pivotal moment. Philanthropies have a role to play in determining how we build back from COVID-19. Far too often, philanthropies work in their silos, and for this, I am heartened to see so many of us come together through the FORGE collaborative, to work together across our various sectors to ensure that the voices of those most impacted by both the economic disparities in our world, and the ecological destruction in the name of profit, are at the center of the policies and reforms put in place to ensure a more inclusive, and responsible recovery.” 

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, said: “COVID-19 has electrified long-standing flaws in our global economy. The Response and Vision Fund invests in the power of working people who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, to advance solutions that will not only drive recovery in the short term, but will build an economy that works for everyone in the long term.”

Leslie Johnston, CEO of Laudes Foundation, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the deficiencies in our dominant economic system which perpetuate inequality and vulnerability. We are proud to join other funders to support the brave approaches of civil society, labour and environmental groups to seize opportunities to transform this system.”

Srik Gopal, Managing Partner, Humanity United, said: “Our global economy is characterized by the power imbalance between employers and vulnerable workers. It is now our responsibility to support communities and workers in ways that fundamentally shift this imbalance, while also holding corporate and government actors accountable. The Response and Vision Fund will play a critical role in helping communities rebuild a more equitable system.”

Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund, said: “As governments shape stimulus and recovery packages, people – not corporations – must be at the center of policymaking. Decisions made now will determine whether we set the global economy on a path of continued inequality or universal human rights. As we face crises ranging from climate destruction to deepening economic and social divides, the necessary choice is clear. Through FORGE and the Response and Vision Fund, funders are working collaboratively for greater impact, investing in system change that defends the rights of people today and improves the lives of future generations.”

Conniel Malek, Executive Director, True Costs Initiative, said: “This pandemic has simply unmasked the mutually reinforcing health, economic and inequality crises which already existed. The Response and Vision Fund allows us to build and use our collective muscle to prioritize those most affected by these crises and to challenge existing systems that concentrate power without accountability to people.”

Gabriel Baracatt, CEO of Fundación Avina, said: “Those whose rights are constantly under attack are more vulnerable to the impacts of the pandemic. Only by ensuring their capacity to exercise power can we shift some of the structural imbalances that have exacerbated the fallout of the crisis in the global South. Ground-breaking innovations are tackling COVID-related challenges while dismantling inequitable structures. Through collective collaboration, the Response and Vision Fund looks to elevate some of these promising global South-led initiatives.”

Daria Caliguire, Director of the SAGE Fund, said: “We are witnessing widespread structural failures of our global economy to protect workers, communities and the planet. We are also witnessing an unparalleled opening to advance solutions and a collective response from the ground up. Through FORGE and the Response and Vision Fund, funders are coming together with civil society and social movements to support, cultivate and scale strategies that target root causes of disparities and human rights abuses within the global economy.” 

Mike Kubzansky, CEO, Omidyar Network, said: “This moment requires a bold and unifying response. The Response and Vision Fund is an opportunity to begin to address the near-term economic crisis and drive longer-term systemic change. We must rebuild an economy that is equitable, sustainable, and recognizes the need to increase worker power. Collectively and globally, we strive to create and preserve a healthy society where prosperity is fairly shared.”

Note to editors:  Funders Organized for Rights in the Global Economy, (FORGE), is a newly formed collaborative in which participants have opportunities to learn from the field and each other, align strategies effectively, and also to pool funds. FORGE members include Ford Foundation, Freedom Fund, Fundación Avina, Humanity United, Laudes Foundation, Open Society Foundations, SAGE Fund, True Costs Initiative, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and Wallace Global Fund. www.forgefunders.org

The Response and Vision Fund is open to funders beyond those participating in FORGE. In addition to FORGE members, Omidyar Network and an anonymous foundation are seed contributors to the Fund.  www.forgefunders.org/response-and-vision-fund

For additional information or to arrange interviews, please be in touch with Lucy Carrigan, Communications Officer at Open Society Foundations: lucy.carrigan@opensocietyfoundations.org

Lucy Carrigan
Open Society Foundations 

 

Constellation Brands Announces Comprehensive Effort in Advancing Social Justice and Eliminating Systemic Racism

  • Commits to invest $100 million over 10 years in Black and minority-owned businesses to improve representation in the beverage alcohol industry
  • Contributes $1 million to Equal Justice Initiative in support of their mission in challenging racial and economic injustice in the U.S.
  • Commits to advancing company policies and practices, providing training for employees to eliminate bias, and continue to foster a safe and inclusive working environment for all

VICTOR, N.Y., June 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today its commitment to a multi-initiative social justice action plan aimed to achieve greater equity for African American/Black colleagues at Constellation, within the beverage alcohol industry, and within the communities they operate in.

“The conditions that have allowed systemic racism to persist in the U.S. have existed far too long,” said Bill Newlands, president and chief executive officer at Constellation Brands. “We categorically denounce bigotry, racism, and social injustice. They are clearly inconsistent with our company values and our commitment to embracing diversity and creating an inclusive environment where all employees feel safe, respected, and valued. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and we are committed to achieving meaningful and lasting change.”

Constellation Brands Ventures (CBV), the company’s corporate venture capital group, will invest $100 million in African American/Black and minority-owned businesses in the beverage alcohol space and adjacent categories by 2030 through a new program, Focus on Minority Founders. Data has shown that the venture capital ecosystem is starkly homogeneous. In a study of U.S. venture activity from 2013 through 2017, just 1% of VC-backed entrepreneurs were Black(1). “These businesses serve as the fabric of their respective communities and we must make it more equitable for them to access the capital needed to have a fighting chance at success,” said Newlands. “In a little over a year, CBV’s Focus on Female Founders initiative has shifted our Ventures portfolio mix from 20% female-owned to 50% female-owned. This reinforces there is a real need for these programs, and they can drive measurable improvement in minority representation for our industry.” In addition to funding, the Focus on Minority Founders initiative will support the growth and development of Black and minority-owned businesses by providing sales, marketing, operations, and finance expertise through the CBV team and Constellation’s many subject matter experts.

In support of societal reform, Constellation is entering a multi-year partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). The partnership will include a contribution of $1 million to further EJI’s mission and provide training opportunities for Constellation leadership. Founded by Bryan Stevenson in 1989, EJI is committed to challenging racial and economic injustice, advocating for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable in American society.

Also part of its action plan, Constellation is taking steps internally and within its extended network of business partners to create greater equity for African American/Black colleagues. The company is reviewing recruitment, hiring, and talent development practices to ensure African American/Black talent is supported and unconscious bias is addressed at all levels. The company is also evaluating brand engagements and advertising policies to ensure media partners, brand sponsorships, and other activations are aligned to brand and company values.  For example, true to its brand ethos of supporting and empowering all women, Kim Crawford has partnered with Black Girl Ventures, a non-profit providing greater access to funding and resources for Black and Brown female entrepreneurs and a stronger pathway for women of color to launch and grow their own business.

(1)  Rate My Investor, Diversity in U.S. Startups

ABOUT CONSTELLATION BRANDS
At Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), our mission is to build brands that people love because we believe sharing a toast, unwinding after a day, celebrating milestones, and helping people connect, are Worth Reaching For. It’s worth our dedication, hard work, and the bold calculated risks we take to deliver more for our consumers, trade partners, shareholders, and communities in which we live and work. It’s what has made us one of the fastest-growing large CPG companies in the U.S. at retail, and it drives our pursuit to deliver what’s next.

Today, we are a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine, and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, and Italy. Every day, people reach for our high-end, iconic imported beer brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Corona Premier, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, and Pacifico, and our high-quality premium wine and spirits brands, including the Robert Mondavi Brand Family, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, The Prisoner Brand Family, SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey.

But we won’t stop here. Our visionary leadership team and passionate employees from barrel room to boardroom are reaching for the next level, to explore the boundaries of the beverage alcohol industry and beyond. Join us in discovering what’s Worth Reaching For.

To learn more, follow us on Twitter @cbrands and visit www.cbrands.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACTS
Mike McGrew 773-251-4934 / michael.mcgrew@cbrands.com Patty Yahn-Urlaub 585-678-7483 / patty.yahn-urlaub@cbrands.com
Bob Czudak 585-678-7170 / bob.czudak@cbrands.com

A downloadable PDF copy of this news release enhanced with multimedia links can be found here: http://ml.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/d2872adc-7b82-4414-bff3-bb65720fcd92

Constellation Brands Announces Comprehensive Effort in Advancing Social Justice and Eliminating Systemic Racism

  • Commits to invest $100 million over 10 years in Black and minority-owned businesses to improve representation in the beverage alcohol industry
  • Contributes $1 million to Equal Justice Initiative in support of their mission in challenging racial and economic injustice in the U.S.
  • Commits to advancing company policies and practices, providing training for employees to eliminate bias, and continue to foster a safe and inclusive working environment for all

VICTOR, N.Y., June 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today its commitment to a multi-initiative social justice action plan aimed to achieve greater equity for African American/Black colleagues at Constellation, within the beverage alcohol industry, and within the communities they operate in.

“The conditions that have allowed systemic racism to persist in the U.S. have existed far too long,” said Bill Newlands, president and chief executive officer at Constellation Brands. “We categorically denounce bigotry, racism, and social injustice. They are clearly inconsistent with our company values and our commitment to embracing diversity and creating an inclusive environment where all employees feel safe, respected, and valued. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and we are committed to achieving meaningful and lasting change.”

Constellation Brands Ventures (CBV), the company’s corporate venture capital group, will invest $100 million in African American/Black and minority-owned businesses in the beverage alcohol space and adjacent categories by 2030 through a new program, Focus on Minority Founders. Data has shown that the venture capital ecosystem is starkly homogeneous. In a study of U.S. venture activity from 2013 through 2017, just 1% of VC-backed entrepreneurs were Black(1). “These businesses serve as the fabric of their respective communities and we must make it more equitable for them to access the capital needed to have a fighting chance at success,” said Newlands. “In a little over a year, CBV’s Focus on Female Founders initiative has shifted our Ventures portfolio mix from 20% female-owned to 50% female-owned. This reinforces there is a real need for these programs, and they can drive measurable improvement in minority representation for our industry.” In addition to funding, the Focus on Minority Founders initiative will support the growth and development of Black and minority-owned businesses by providing sales, marketing, operations, and finance expertise through the CBV team and Constellation’s many subject matter experts.

In support of societal reform, Constellation is entering a multi-year partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). The partnership will include a contribution of $1 million to further EJI’s mission and provide training opportunities for Constellation leadership. Founded by Bryan Stevenson in 1989, EJI is committed to challenging racial and economic injustice, advocating for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable in American society.

Also part of its action plan, Constellation is taking steps internally and within its extended network of business partners to create greater equity for African American/Black colleagues. The company is reviewing recruitment, hiring, and talent development practices to ensure African American/Black talent is supported and unconscious bias is addressed at all levels. The company is also evaluating brand engagements and advertising policies to ensure media partners, brand sponsorships, and other activations are aligned to brand and company values.  For example, true to its brand ethos of supporting and empowering all women, Kim Crawford has partnered with Black Girl Ventures, a non-profit providing greater access to funding and resources for Black and Brown female entrepreneurs and a stronger pathway for women of color to launch and grow their own business.

(1)  Rate My Investor, Diversity in U.S. Startups

ABOUT CONSTELLATION BRANDS
At Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), our mission is to build brands that people love because we believe sharing a toast, unwinding after a day, celebrating milestones, and helping people connect, are Worth Reaching For. It’s worth our dedication, hard work, and the bold calculated risks we take to deliver more for our consumers, trade partners, shareholders, and communities in which we live and work. It’s what has made us one of the fastest-growing large CPG companies in the U.S. at retail, and it drives our pursuit to deliver what’s next.

Today, we are a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine, and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, and Italy. Every day, people reach for our high-end, iconic imported beer brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Corona Premier, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, and Pacifico, and our high-quality premium wine and spirits brands, including the Robert Mondavi Brand Family, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, The Prisoner Brand Family, SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey.

But we won’t stop here. Our visionary leadership team and passionate employees from barrel room to boardroom are reaching for the next level, to explore the boundaries of the beverage alcohol industry and beyond. Join us in discovering what’s Worth Reaching For.

To learn more, follow us on Twitter @cbrands and visit www.cbrands.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACTS
Mike McGrew 773-251-4934 / michael.mcgrew@cbrands.com Patty Yahn-Urlaub 585-678-7483 / patty.yahn-urlaub@cbrands.com
Bob Czudak 585-678-7170 / bob.czudak@cbrands.com

A downloadable PDF copy of this news release enhanced with multimedia links can be found here: http://ml.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/d2872adc-7b82-4414-bff3-bb65720fcd92

Philips expands its remote clinical collaboration offering based on the Reacts platform

June 29, 2020

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that it is expanding its remote clinical collaboration and virtual training offerings across its portfolio, building on the IIT* (Innovative Imaging Technologies) Reacts collaborative platform. Leveraging innovative technologies, such as augmented reality, for remote virtual guidance, supervision and training, the platform provides unique interactive tools designed to meet the multi-faceted collaborative needs of healthcare professionals and patients.

“It is vital that we continue to advance our offering to help customers increase first-time-right diagnoses, by integrating innovations and technology that alleviate our customers’ pain points and streamline workflows,” said Bich Le, Business Leader Ultrasound at Philips. “With Reacts’ unique interactive tools we can provide secure expert solutions, and the training and support, needed for physicians to make definitive diagnostic decisions effectively and efficiently. This will enable us to accelerate our commitment to the patients we serve today as well as expanding access to imaging for new users and new use cases.”

The Reacts platform has already been deployed in more than 80 countries, across various disciplines in both clinical and educational settings. It allows healthcare professionals to interact remotely and dynamically in a wide range of applications, from teleconsultations, secure messaging, remote wound care and tele-ultrasound, to interactive telesurgical assistance and remote procedure supervision.

“Reacts addresses the clear and pressing need for secure remote collaboration and communication between healthcare providers and patients,” said Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, head of Clinical Science for Philips Ultrasound. “By deploying this interactive collaboration platform across Philips’ health technology solutions, we can change patient care models, expand telehealth capabilities, and accelerate technological developments in virtual collaboration globally.”

Since 2018, Reacts is integrated with the Philips’ Lumify point-of-care ultrasound solution, enabling users to share the live ultrasound stream from a Lumify device with a remote colleague on a mobile device, tablet or computer. This allows both parties to simultaneously view the live ultrasound image, as well as the webcam video stream, and provide real time feedback. Lumify with Reacts has proven to be a valuable tool for educational institutions, medical students and resident clinicians, EMS providers with long transit times, disaster relief providers, hospitals with satellite clinics, and clinicians seeking peer-to-peer collaboration for virtual guidance and training.

Lumify with Reacts can provide valuable diagnostic insight for front-line care providers to manage COVID-19-related lung and cardiac complications. Moreover, by enabling remote communication, Reacts reduces the need for physical interaction and can therefore help minimize the risk of virus transmission for medical teams. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Philips has also successfully piloted Reacts to provide case support during image-guided therapy procedures, remotely assisting clinicians as they diagnose and treat patients with coronary artery disease and other cardiovascular diseases. Philips will now further expand Reacts across its Diagnosis & Treatment portfolio.

* IIT Reacts is a wholly owned Philips subsidiary and part of Philips’ Ultrasound business.

Philips étend son offre en matière de collaboration clinique à distance avec la plateforme Reacts

Amsterdam, Pays-Bas – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), leader mondial dans les technologies de santé, a annoncé aujourd’hui l’expansion de son offre en matière de collaboration et formation virtuelle en santé, avec la plateforme collaborative Reacts de TII* (Technologies innovatrices d’imagerie Inc.). Grâce à des technologies novatrices, telles que la réalité augmentée pour l’éducation à distance, la supervision et la guidance virtuelle, cette plateforme offre des outils interactifs uniques conçus pour répondre aux multiples besoins de collaboration à distance des professionnels de la santé et des patients.

“Il est essentiel que nous continuions à faire progresser notre offre afin d’aider nos clients à accroître la fiabilité du diagnostic en intégrant des innovations et des technologies qui atténuent les difficultés potentielles rencontrées lors des examens et qui améliorent l’efficacité des processus,” a déclaré Bich Le, Directrice Générale de Philips Ultrasound. “Grâce aux outils interactifs uniques de Reacts, nous pouvons fournir des solutions expertes sécurisées, ainsi que la formation et le soutien dont les médecins ont besoin pour prendre des décisions diagnostiques définitives de façon efficace. Cela nous permettra d’accélérer notre engagement envers les patients que nous servons aujourd’hui et d’élargir l’accès à l’imagerie à de nouveaux utilisateurs et de nouvelles utilisations.”

La plateforme Reacts est utilisée dans plus de 80 pays autant dans des contextes cliniques qu’éducatifs. Elle permet aux professionnels de la santé d’interagir à distance de façon dynamique pour un large éventail d’applications allant de téléconsultations, messagerie sécurisées, soins de plaies à distance et télé-échographie, à l’assistance télé-chirurgicale interactive et la supervision de procédures à distance.

“Reacts répond au besoin croissant de collaboration et de communication sécurisées à distance entre les professionnels de la santé et les patients,” a déclaré le Dr Yanick Beaulieu, Directeur des Sciences Cliniques chez Philips Ultrasound. “En déployant cette plateforme de collaboration interactive à travers les solutions de technologie de santé de Philips, nous pouvons changer les modèles de soins aux patients, étendre les capacités de télémédecine et accélérer les développements technologiques en matière de collaboration virtuelle à l’échelle mondiale.”

Depuis 2018, Reacts est intégrée à la solution d’échographie portable Lumify de Philips, permettant aux utilisateurs de partager en direct le flux vidéo de l’échographe Lumify en plus de partager de façon bidirectionnelle l’audio et le flux vidéo de la webcam. Cela permet à un professionnel effectuant une échographie avec le Philips Lumify, à partir d’une simple tablette ou téléphone intelligent, d’avoir accès à une expertise et une assistance virtuelles en temps réel, en collaborant à distance via Reacts avec un expert, peu importe où il se trouve dans le monde. Lumify avec Reacts s’est révélé un outil précieux pour aider les cliniciens à se connecter et à collaborer en temps réel comme jamais auparavant, sans barrière géographique. La solution peut notamment aider à optimiser les soins aux patients en permettant à des experts de superviser un examen échographique de façon virtuelle pour les établissements d’enseignement, les étudiants en médecine, les médecins résidents, les services médicaux d’urgence qui peuvent avoir de longs délais de transit, les services de secours en cas de catastrophe, les hôpitaux avec des cliniques satellites et les cliniciens qui cherchent à collaborer avec leurs pairs pour l’orientation et la formation virtuelles.

Lumify avec Reacts peut fournir des informations diagnostiques précieuses aux prestataires de soins de première ligne pour gérer les complications pulmonaires et cardiaques liées à la COVID-19. De plus, en permettant une communication à distance, Reacts réduit le besoin d’interaction physique et peut donc contribuer à minimiser le risque de transmission du virus pour les équipes médicales. Au cours de la pandémie de COVID-19, Philips a également mis Reacts à l’essai avec succès pour fournir une assistance virtuelle lors des procédures de thérapie guidée par imagerie, en aidant à distance les cliniciens à diagnostiquer et à traiter les patients atteints de coronaropathie et autres maladies cardiovasculaires. Philips étendra maintenant l’utilisation de Reacts à travers tout son portfolio de solutions de diagnostic et traitement.

* TII est une filiale à part entière de Philips et fait partie de la division Philips Ultrasound.

For further information, please contact:

Ben Zwirs
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +31 6 15213446
E-mail: ben.zwirs@philips.com

Anna Hogrebe
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +1 416 270 6757
E-mail: anna.hogrebe@philips.com

Derya Guzel
Philips Investor Relations
Tel.: +31 20 59 77055
E-mail: derya.guzel@philips.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 2019 sales of EUR 19.5 billion and employs approximately 81,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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Royal Philips (NYSE : PHG, AEX : PHIA) est une société de technologies médicales de pointe qui se consacre à l’amélioration de la santé des personnes et à l’obtention de meilleurs résultats dans tout le continuum de la santé, de la vie en bonne santé, de la prévention au diagnostic, jusqu’au traitement et aux soins à domicile. Philips s’appuie sur une technologie de pointe et sur une connaissance approfondie du milieu médical et des consommateurs pour proposer des solutions intégrées. Basée aux Pays-Bas, la société est un leader dans le domaine de l’imagerie diagnostique, de la thérapie guidée par l’image, du monitorage des patients et de l’informatique de santé, ainsi que dans le domaine de la santé des consommateurs et des soins à domicile. Philips a réalisé en 2019 un chiffre d’affaires de 19,5 milliards d’euros et emploie environ 81.000 personnes, avec des ventes et des services dans plus de 100 pays. Vous trouverez des informations sur Philips à l’adresse suivante: www.philips.com/newscenter.

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