Philips, Bon Secours forge $180M population health deal

By Bernie Monegain

Valhalla, New York-based Bon Secours Charity Health System, part of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, has forged a $180 million population health initiative with technology giant Philips to improve quality of patient care.

The agreement will make Philips solutions available to BSCHS in support of its goal to transform the delivery of healthcare to the residents of New York’s Hudson Valley. The initiative includes population health programs aimed at improving care and helping build healthier communities.

Philips will provide BSCHS with advanced medical technologies such as imaging systems, patient monitoring, telehealth and clinical informatics solutions and a comprehensive range of clinical and business consulting services.

A focus of the initiative is on redefining how quality care is delivered in areas such as radiology, cardiology, neurology and pediatrics to reduce how much the hospital spends on technology and services while it increases productivity and performance to boost clinical quality.

"As part of a regional health system, we want to increase standardization, connectivity and optimization of our technology resources, while still having the flexibility to invest in the innovations we need to support healthier communities," said Mary Leahy, MD, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, in a statement.

The initiative will focus on healthy living and prevention and building health in communities, Leahy added.

The partnership between Philips and BSCHS builds on the existing 15-year, $500 million relationship between Philips and WMCHealth, which started in 2015. Through the agreement, BSCHS will work with Philips to optimize standardization, workflow, and medical technology deployment.

With early and ongoing access to the latest Philips innovations in healthcare technology and established best practices, BSCHS aims to further improve its operational effectiveness.

BSCHS consists of Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York, along with long-term care facilities and other services.