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Bosch is becoming a part of everyday healthcare



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2016-11-14 | Bosch Group | Corporate News

  • Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH offers customers connected products and services at the intersection of healthcare and medical technology
  • World-first breath analysis device that improves quality of life for asthmatics
  • Solutions based on Bosch core competencies: sensor technology, software, and services.

Waiblingen, Germany – Some 330 million people worldwide, or one in 20, are asthmatics. They can now look forward to a world premiere: Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH is entering the medical technology market with Vivatmo me . This is the first breath analysis device that allows asthmatics to measure the severity of airway inflammation from the comfort of their own home. This means they can closely monitor their condition – similar to how diabetics monitor their blood sugar levels. They save the data using the Vivatmo app and share it with their physician, who can then analyze these additional values. As a result, they are able to tailor treatment more precisely to each patient’s requirements.

A new company for healthcare solutions

In establishing the new Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH subsidiary, the supplier of technology and services is aiming to tap into the growing medical technology market. In 2015, this market was worth some 350 billion euros, with annual growth of around 3 percent. “We see the internet of things as a paradigm shift. It not only impacts our daily lives, but will also forever change the nature of healthcare,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “We want to harness the technological potential of connectivity to make a decisive contribution to improving healthcare, and thus the quality of life of millions of people. Bosch solutions will become a part of everyday healthcare.”

Healthcare solutions draw on core competencies

Bosch Healthcare Solutions develops and markets products and services that promote health. More than 80 associates are currently employed at the company’s headquarters in Waiblingen, which is also where the Vivatmo device is made. The Bosch Healthcare Solutions portfolio draws heavily on the Bosch Group’s core competencies: sensors to collect data, software to evaluate that data, and services based on this data analysis. In all product development, strong partners provide a wealth of expertise: Bosch’s corporate sector for research and advance engineering provides the scientific basis for developing new products, while the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart lends its support in the development and testing of new healthcare solutions. “Bosch Healthcare Solutions benefits from the Bosch Group’s unmatched network of expertise and experience. The winning combination of researchers, developers, and an agile team meant that we took our first products from the initial idea to being market-ready in a very short space of time,” says Marc Meier, president of Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH.

In addition to Vivatmo, Bosch Healthcare Solutions will offer customers further connected products and services in the areas of healthcare and medical technology. One of these is the new Vivatar app, which acts as a virtual companion for people out and about on their own. In an emergency, the means to summon help is right at their fingertips.

The product portfolio also features functional components made of high-performance ceramics made at the Bosch location in Blaichach, Germany: these are particularly stable and durable and are used to make surgical instruments, for instance. Here, Bosch Healthcare Solutions benefits from its parent company’s manufacturing expertise: Bosch has built up some 100 years’ experience in automotive ceramic applications.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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