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GE and Intel partner on healthcare imaging

Steve Rogerson
December 5, 2017

GE Healthcare has expanded its partnership with Intel to enhance patient care and reduce costs for hospitals and health systems using digital imaging, deployed via edge and cloud.
Together, the companies anticipate they will offer 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 Intel Xeon scalable platform with an aim towards lowering the total cost of ownership for imaging devices by up to 25 per cent. Paired with GE Healthcare’s imaging products, the Xeon platform may improve radiologists’ reading productivity compared with the prior generation by reducing first image display down to under two seconds and full study load times down to under eight seconds.
“Radiologist workdays can be enhanced by use of real-time data analytics and increased performance,” said Jonathan Ballon, vice president of Intel’s IoT group. “The combination of innovative imaging 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 digital development lab in downtown Chicago. The Joint Performance Acceleration Lab (Jpal) will be dedicated to the development, testing and validation of innovations across a wide spectrum of GE Healthcare imaging hardware and software. This expanded partnership is intended to help enable the highest possible radiology productivity at the lowest cost of ownership for healthcare providers and clinicians by improving the performance of their imaging fleets.
“Some of our longest-standing modalities are now being infused with the latest in digital technologies, which requires security, precision, speed and efficiency,” said David Hale, senior vice president at GE Healthcare. “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 relationship, the two companies will use the workload-optimised Wind River Titanium control software virtualisation platform to enable hospitals and health systems to deploy more secure, edge services that improve agility and reduce operating costs in healthcare environments that require real-time performance and continuous service availability. The software on the Xeon platforms should provide more secure, real-time, intelligence for the healthcare edge.
“The combination of powerful Intel processing at the edge with Wind River’s virtualisation technology allows GE Healthcare to deliver high availability end-to-end secure healthcare that is game changing for the industry,” said Jim Douglas, president of Intel subsidiary Wind River. “Through this collaboration, healthcare applications can achieve the uptime, security and low latency that is required for critical services installed at the healthcare edge.”