Healthcare and the environment – Why does digitalization matter?

Digital technology and the use of data are transforming every aspect of human life, and there are no signs of this trend slowing down anytime soon.

Momentum has been building over a long period of time, stretching all the way back to 1947 and the invention of the transistor – in essence the data transfer device underpinning the whole of digital technology. Skip through the following decades, and add in the launch of the first personal computer, the first mobile phone, the internet, 5G connectivity, and you have an ever-growing avalanche of data. According to Statista 2021, the total amount of global data is forecast to continue increasing rapidly, with a massive 90-fold growth projected from 2010 to 2025.

by Robert Metzke, Philips Global Head of Sustainability

Mr. Metzke leads Philips’ activities in Sustainability where he drives the company’s strategy towards innovative, sustainable business models and embedding sustainable and circular ways of working across Philips.

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