2015 and beyond
In September 2014 Philips announced its plan to sharpen its strategic focus by establishing two stand-alone companies focused on the HealthTech and Lighting Solutions opportunities. To achieve this transformation, from January 1, 2015, Philips started to integrate the sectors Consumer Lifestyle and Healthcare into one operating company focused on our HealthTech businesses.
In the HealthTech space, Royal Philips will focus on the vast market opportunities created by the convergence of professional healthcare and consumer end-markets across the health continuum, from healthy living and prevention to diagnosis, treatment, recovery and home care.
Building on combined clinical and consumer capabilities, we will focus on solutions aimed at empowering consumers and patients to take greater control of their own health, enabling payers and providers to improve outcomes while managing overall cost, and helping governments increase access to high-quality, affordable care.
From an external financial reporting perspective, it should be noted that the planned organizational changes will require Philips to transition to a new reporting structure in the course of 2015. At that stage, and in view of applicable IFRS requirements, Philips will report and discuss its financial performance on the basis of different reportable segments than the sectors currently presented and discussed in this Annual Report.
Further updates will be provided in the course of 2015.