How AWS helping Philips to build there Health care model (HSDP)

6 min readSep 23, 2020

Philips on AWS

Founded in the Netherlands in 1891, at the dawn of electricity, Philips first developed cost-effective, reliable incandescent light bulbs before expanding to early medical X-ray imaging, personal care electronics, and even the invention of the CD and DVD. More recently, Philips has honed its focus on creating innovative technological solutions for health and well-being, building its HealthSuite Digital Platform (HSDP) on AWS to drive improved patient outcomes.

Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform Speeds Healthcare Innovation on AWS

AWS helps us differentiate the HealthSuite Digital Platform by enabling us to provide exceptional data security and privacy off the shelf for our customers around the world.”

Healthcare technology company Philips wants to drive out inefficiencies in every aspect of the industry, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, and home care. To achieve this, Philips is striving to help healthcare providers address the “Quadruple Aim”: improved patient experience, better health outcomes, improved staff experience, and lower cost of care. Dale Wiggins, vice president and general manager of the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform (HSDP), says, “At HSDP, our job is to enable the innovations and get them to market in an effective way so that all four of those dimensions can be met.”

HealthSuite Enables a Connected Health Ecosystem

Philips has been working for years to help the healthcare industry overcome these challenges through the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform. It consolidates patient records, data from wearable or home-based remote medical-monitoring equipment, and information from insurance companies or healthcare organizations.

HSDP — which offers digital services, capabilities, and tools built natively on Amazon Web Services (AWS) — began as a data-exchange network. Its primary function was to create links that consolidate records data from a healthcare provider’s partners and satellite offices with Philips devices designed to help monitor the health of patients at home. Built as a managed service on AWS, it will be able to take advantage of new AWS functions and features including machine learning–based application development and analytics that can not only be deployed in the cloud but also extended on-premises at the edge.

By running Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform on AWS, we’re able to provide our customers with the power, security, and flexibility of AWS services with the healthcare-specific added value we’ve built on top.”

Dale Wiggins
Vice President and General Manager of Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform, Philips

Philips Uses Amazon Redshift for Large Data Workloads

Philips uses data to drive decisions, and, when its on-premises database solutions couldn’t handle the amount of data in 37 million records, it turned to AWS. Philips set up Attunity CloudBeam, an AWS Marketplace product for Amazon Redshift, in less than one minute to simplify, accelerate and automate data transfers to the AWS Cloud. Before AWS, the company’s fastest data transfers were 434 records per minute. Using AWS, the company transferred 37 million records in 90 minutes and can optimize large data sets within two hours.

Philips Uses AWS to Analyze 15 PB of Patient Data

Philips HSDP analyzes and stores 15 PB of patient data gathered from 390 million imaging studies, medical records, and patient inputs to provide healthcare providers with actionable data, which they can use to directly impact patient care. Running on AWS provides the reliability, performance and scalability that Philips needs to help protect patient data as its global digital platform grows at the rate of one petabyte per month.

HSDP Connecting various AWS Services

AWS Infrastructure a Key to Security and Scale

AWS IoT Core

Building HSDP on AWS makes it easier for Philips to compete for healthcare business. “By running the HealthSuite Digital Platform as a managed layer on top of AWS services, it’s easier for us to offer a platform that checks all the boxes required in the healthcare space,” says Dijkhoff. “This includes the right infrastructure, compliance tools, and audit trails — everything our internal and external customers need to get off their plates so they can concentrate on improving patient outcomes.”

The AWS infrastructure underpinning HSDP includes dozens of AWS services, from the edge to the cloud, which are chosen for their ability to integrate effectively into packages that help Philips customers get products and services to market quickly. Five years ago, when Philips was focused on creating a reliable, real-time network connected to devices that caregivers used to monitor patients in their homes, it began relying on AWS IoT Core to easily and securely connect those devices to the cloud.

Amazon Kinesis & Amazon API Gateway

Now, the integration of data from more edge devices and advanced, often AI-powered analysis of that data have become more important. Philips uses Amazon Kinesis to collect, process, and analyze real-time streaming data, and it relies on Amazon API Gateway to create, monitor, and better secure APIs at any scale. “The two main reasons we chose AWS are the breadth of services and the ability to scale,” says Wiggins. “Scalability was vital given the huge volume of data you have with some use cases. We can provide new applications and analytic capabilities using the elasticity of cloud-based resources that we weren’t able to do before and that hospitals couldn’t afford.”

More AWS services used

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers. Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment.

7x fewer downtime hours than the next largest cloud provider*

Millions of customers ranging from enterprises to startups

24 regions and 76 availability zones globally

300+ instances for virtually every business need

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. This means customers of all sizes and industries can use it to store and protect any amount of data for a range of use cases, such as websites, mobile applications, backup and restore, archive, enterprise applications, IoT devices, and big data analytics. Amazon S3 provides easy-to-use management features so you can organize your data and configure finely-tuned access controls to meet your specific business, organizational, and compliance requirements. Amazon S3 is designed for 99.999999999% (11 9’s) of durability, and stores data for millions of applications for companies all around the world.

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while automating time-consuming administration tasks such as hardware provisioning, database setup, patching and backups. It frees you to focus on your applications so you can give them the fast performance, high availability, security and compatibility they need.

Amazon RDS is available on several database instance types — optimized for memory, performance or I/O — and provides you with six familiar database engines to choose from, including Amazon Aurora, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle Database, and SQL Server. You can use the AWS Database Migration Service to easily migrate or replicate your existing databases to Amazon RDS