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GE Healthcare, Intel Partner to Improve Digital Imaging Technology

December 28, 2017
by Heather Landi
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GE Healthcare announced an expanded partnership with Intel that aims to enhance patient care and reduce costs for hospitals and health systems using digital imaging solutions, deployed via edge and cloud technologies.

Together, the companies anticipate their solutions will offer greater hospital efficiency through increased asset performance, reduced patient risk and dosage exposure – with faster image processing – and expedited time to diagnosis and treatment.

Through the expanded partnership, GE Healthcare will use the new Intel Xeon Scalable platform with an aim towards lowering the total cost of ownership for imaging devices by up to 25 percent. Paired with GE Healthcare’s imaging solutions, the Intel Xeon Scalable platform may improve radiologists’ reading productivity compared to the prior generation by reducing first image display down to under two seconds and full study load times down to under eight seconds, according to a press release.

“Radiologist workdays can be enhanced by use of real-time data analytics and increased performance,” Jonathan Ballon, vice president Internet of Things Group at Intel, said in a statement. “The combination of innovative imaging solutions from GE Healthcare with the breakthrough speed of Intel processors promises great advances in imaging that could make a real difference in patient care.”

Building on their 20-year relationship, GE Healthcare and Intel are also investing in a new digital development lab in downtown Chicago. The Joint Performance Acceleration Lab (JPAL) will be dedicated to the development, testing and validation of new innovations across a wide spectrum of GE Healthcare imaging hardware and software solutions.

“Some of our longest-standing modalities are now being infused with the latest in digital technologies – which requires security, precision, speed and efficiency,” David Hale, senior vice president of enterprise imaging digital solutions at GE Healthcare, said in a statement. “To ensure we are delivering the best possible outcomes at the lowest cost in this digital age, GE Healthcare is partnering with Intel to co-develop on and off premise solutions through our new lab and accelerate these with the Intel Xeon Scalable platform.”

As part of the expanded GE Healthcare and Intel relationship, the two companies will use the workload-optimized Wind River Titanium Control software virtualization platform to enable hospitals and health systems to deploy more secure, edge solutions that improve agility and reduce operating costs in healthcare environments that require real-time performance and continuous service availability.

“The combination of powerful Intel processing at the edge with Wind River’s virtualization technology allows GE Healthcare to deliver a high availability end-to-end secure healthcare solution that is game changing for the industry,” Jim Douglas, president, Wind River, said in a prepared statement. “Through this collaboration, healthcare applications can achieve the uptime, security and low latency that is required for critical services installed at the healthcare edge.”

 

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