GE Healthcare unveils Health Cloud and apps to connect medical imaging with analytics

29 November 2015 (Last Updated November 29th, 2015 18:30)

GE Healthcare has unveiled GE Health Cloud at the 101st Annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago, US.

GE Healthcare has unveiled GE Health Cloud at the 101st Annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago, US.

GE Health Cloud is a new cloud ecosystem designed exclusively for the healthcare industry,

Radiologists and clinicians will be connected with the ecosystem and its applications to accelerate and collaborate across care pathways and multidisciplinary teams both inside and outside the hospital setting.

According to survey data, 35% of patient cases are misdiagnosed, partly due to a lack of access to images, data and records.

The cloud-based apps quickly connect clinicians with imaging, data, analytics and insights, as well as other clinicians.

GE Healthcare president John Flannery said: "Healthcare devices are generating enormous amounts of data, and that data is expected to increase 50 fold by 2020.

"The GE Health Cloud can help unlock the value of this data quickly and seamlessly for better patient care.

"The GE Health Cloud will help clinicians turn data into insights, and insights into tangible actions for decision-makers to drive better outcomes."

The cloud ecosystem will connect to more than 500,000 GE imaging machines, shifting image post-processing from on-site machines to the Cloud, where 3D images can be viewed on multiple devices inside and outside the hospital setting.

"The GE Health Cloud can help unlock the value of this data quickly and seamlessly for better patient care."

The Health Cloud and apps will be open for development by third parties, healthcare providers and academic institutions. It will give clinicians on-demand, flexible computing power that can be scaled up or down.

By opening its cloud for third party app development, the company intends to attract independent software vendors (ISVs) to develop their apps in the new cloud ecosystem.

GE Healthcare IT president Jan De Witte said: "Our new apps will bring incredible computing and mobility power to radiologists and clinicians.

"By enhancing radiologists' speed and confidence through the apps, we can help improve their ability to collaborate with referring clinicians inside and outside the hospital."

New apps include Centricity Cloud Advanced Visualisation, Centricity Multi-Disciplinary Team Virtual Meeting, Centricity Case Exchange and Centricity Image Access Portal.

UPMC chief innovation officer Rasu Shrestha said: "Building on our long partnership, UPMC and GE Healthcare are collaborating on cloud-based applications that promise to transform the delivery of healthcare as we know it.

"These innovations will bring measurable changes that benefit patients and physicians."

The company noted apps on the GE Health Cloud will be delivered on a subscription basis, allowing hospitals and health systems to shift computing expense to a variable cost model.

The cloud ecosystem will include a Software Development Toolkit (SDK) and its app store will host and promote new software solutions.