Philips acquires cardiac AI firm Cardiologs

  • November 16, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Philips has acquired Cardiologs, a French medical technology company focused on transforming cardiac diagnostics using artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technology.

Cardiologs should strengthen Philips’ cardiac monitoring and diagnostics offering with software, electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis and reporting services.

The acquisition is a strong fit with the Dutch company’s existing portfolio of cardiac care. This includes real-time patient monitoring, therapeutic devices, telehealth and informatics for the hospital, as well as ambulatory cardiac diagnostics and monitoring, that were added through the recent acquisition of BioTelemetry.

Cardiologs will complement this offering with a vendor-neutral heart disorder screener and ECG analysis applications, based on machine-learning algorithms. Developed in partnership with physicians, Cardiologs’ technology can accelerate diagnostic reporting, decrease the occurrence of reporting errors and streamline clinician workflow and patient care, empowering clinicians to deliver cardiac care faster and more efficiently.

CE-marked and FDA cleared for detection of cardiac arrhythmias, Cardiologs’ technology is built on a growing database of more than 20 million ECG recordings and supported by a number of clinical publications.

“Offering superb clinical insights, as well as automated clinical reporting, Cardiologs’ medical-grade AI technology and data scientists will be a strong addition to our growing portfolio of cardiac solutions for hospital and ambulatory settings,” said Roy Jakobs, chief business leader for connected care at Philips. “Philips’ global footprint can accelerate the availability of Cardiologs’ technology to patients all over the world and further deliver on the quadruple aim of an improved patient care experience, better health outcomes, improved staff experience, and lower cost of care.”

Cardiologs was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Paris, France. Its approximately 70 employees, largely comprising software engineers and data scientists with expertise in AI and deep learning algorithms, will join Philips and will expand the company’s AI-focused innovation activities together with the company’s R&D lab in Paris. Philips has a strong presence in France, consisting of research and development activities, as well as sales, marketing and distribution at multiple sites.

“We are delighted to become part of Philips and continue innovating together to empower clinicians all around the world,” said Yann Fleureau, CEO of Cardiologs. “We look forward to the opportunity to expand the business as part of Philips, maintaining vendor neutrality and continuing to work with third-party vendors to drive further adoption of digital health globally.”

The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed in the coming months. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.