Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

GE and ThoughtWire collaborate on digital health

Steve Rogerson
July 26, 2016

GE Healthcare and ThoughtWire, a Toronto-based software company, have signed a five-year collaboration agreement to help hospitals and health systems implement digital tools to improve productivity, quality of care and the overall patient experience.
“The goal of this collaboration is to help providers deliver seamless patient care,” said Jeff Terry, managing principal of GE Healthcare Partners, the global management consulting arm of GE Healthcare. “Together, GE and ThoughtWire will help hospitals and health systems better manage patient pathways using new real-time decision-support software.”
GE and ThoughtWire, both experienced in building apps for smarter healthcare, are collaborating to simplify and enable real-time decision making. GE’s focus has been at the hospital and health-system level, while ThoughtWire has focused at the workflow level. Combining their capabilities, they have the potential to make a meaningful, large-scale impact for hospitals and patients by reducing patient waiting in the emergency department, reducing length-of-stay in the hospital, improving access to complex care and reducing turn-around-times for patient lab and radiology results among other targeted goals.
“Achieving more efficient and effective healthcare is a massive challenge,” said Michael Monteith, ThoughtWire CEO. “Collaboration is key. By combining our capabilities, ThoughtWire and GE can unlock the full potential of people, data and technology to improve the delivery of healthcare in today’s digital age.”
Heather Chalmers, general manager for GE Healthcare Canada, added: “This collaboration is further evidence of GE’s strong commitment to digital health and Canada.”
Through its Ambiant software, ThoughtWire offers a machine-intelligence platform for the industrial IoT and enterprise. Ambiant employs situational awareness to drive intelligent automation and real-time communications between people, systems and devices.