Philips healthcare wins C$300 mln contract in Canada
* To act as medical tech supplier to Mackenzie Health
* Philips seeks such deals as a pure health tech firm
* Says it can help lower costs, improve patients' health
AMSTERDAM, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Philips said on Tuesday it has won a C$300 million ($226 mln) long-term contract to act as medical technology supplier and consultant to Canadian healthcare provider Mackenzie Health.
CEO Frans van Houten said the 18-year contract with Mackenzie is the kind of deal that will become increasingly important to Philips when it becomes a pure "health tech" company next year. Philips is in the process of selling its lighting division, the world's largest lighting maker.
In the past, Philips and major competitors Siemens and General Electric competed primarily on the price and quality of individual high-end healthcare machines such as CT scanners or patient monitoring systems.
Under the deal with Mackenzie, Philips will collaborate in the design and outfitting of Mackenzie's systems and equipment, including room layout and IT design, with the goal of lowering costs and improving patients' health.
In a telephone interview, Van Houten said the goal is to manage the process as a whole, from preventing health problems in the first place all the way through to care after a patient returns home from a hospital stay.
"A siloed approach between suppliers doesn't really help hospitals well enough" anymore, Van Houten said. Continued...