Sometimes it’s hard to discern the ‘narrative’ of Philips Telehealth and its business in US. We know their moves tend to be quiet [TA 1 Feb] worldwide. When there is activity, their communications tend to underplay, which makes it a little unclear about the markets they are developing. But here are two announcements, same day, that may mark a livelier trend. First, Philips announced a ‘Hospital to Home’ initiative (not explained) and as part of this, is premiering an advanced version of its telehealth software at the annual meeting of the NAHC (National Association of Home Care and Hospice) in Las Vegas this week for wide release in December. According to their press release, the software improves monitoring capabilities in disease management, clinical decision support, workflow, data collection and reporting, specifically to reduce hospital readmissions. (Now finally a major effort in the US as CMS is now penalizing for same-cause readmissions in 30 days; see Comments for an explanation of this.) Release. Now a second release also from Friday: Philips announced agreements with eight sizable home care providers across the country, at least four of which are part of hospital systems. Exactly how this is being implemented (and if Philips is supporting these home care providers with integrated services) is a question. Time will tell. Release.