GE Healthcare recently announced two large systems integrators (SIs) and seven leading-edge independent software vendors (ISVs) are planning to move their innovative digital solutions to the new GE Health Cloud. Designed exclusively for the healthcare industry and resting on the shoulders of GE’s industrial-strength Predix platform, the GE Health Cloud will ultimately connect more than 2 million imaging machines worldwide, including 500,000 GE Healthcare devices. The company also unveiled its own new cloud-based analytics apps for the health IT professionals, clinicians and executives at the 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Las Vegas.
“The GE Health Cloud will host powerful analytical tools and services that turn mountains of data into actionable insights, which help drive better outcomes for healthcare providers,” said John Flannery, President and CEO, GE Healthcare. “This is the future of healthcare: software developers, hospitals, academic institutions and manufacturers joining together to improve patient care and enable an industry-wide transformation to value-based care – and we are honored to showcase real progress here at HIMSS.”
Collaborative Infrastructure Drives Outcomes
The new SIs and ISVs to sign with the GE Health Cloud will bring IT solutions for clinicians across a range of care areas, including cardiology, radiology and surgery.
Capgemini and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), two leading system integrators, today announced plans to build customized apps for their customers using the GE Health Cloud.
“The industry needs disruptive technology and solutions as it navigates rising clinical, operational and financial pressure,” said Jan De Witte, President and CEO of GE Healthcare IT. “We believe the GE Health Cloud will be that disruption. It’s a collaborative, healthcare-specific ecosystem that will bring the greatest minds around solving healthcare’s greatest challenges.”
One ISV, Barco Healthcare looks to work with the GE Health Cloud to develop ways to improve image sharing between physicians and radiologists to support patient-centric care. Barco’s goal is to use the cloud to help improve collaboration between remote physicians while minimizing image degradation.
“The main challenges we are trying to solve are bringing clinicians and specialists together to share images, information and expertise in an intuitive, accessible and workflow-optimized way,” said Lynda Domogalla, Vice President of Marketing at Barco Healthcare. “A strong cloud ecosystem should be open and accessible to any clinician, anywhere and should be compatible with all the tools they use in their daily workflow. With the longtime relationship that Barco has with GE Healthcare, there is positive synergy for us to build solutions for the GE Health Cloud.”
GE Healthcare is also building on its existing partnership with Arterys Inc., a company specializing in deep learning applied to imaging beginning with the heart, providing accurate quantification of blood flow and clinical visualization.
GE Healthcare ViosWorks is powered by Arterys, which provides a real time visualization platform that delivers quantitative data and structured reporting. ViosWorks is not yet commercially available.
“Leveraging the GE Health Cloud, we look forward to developing next generation solutions that utilize our proprietary quantification and visualization algorithms together with deep learning to advance diagnostic imaging capabilities in neurology, oncology and many other areas of healthcare,” said Fabien Beckers, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Arterys.
Other new planned ISV participants in the GE Health Cloud include:
Apps on the GE Health Cloud will be delivered on a subscription basis, enabling hospitals and health systems to shift computing expense to a variable cost model. The cloud ecosystem will include a robust Software Development Toolkit (SDK), and its app store will host and promote new software solutions. To help ISVs run their cloud businesses more profitably, the cloud will also include a complete billing and subscription management infrastructure.
Analytics Apps Span The Enterprise
GE Healthcare also announced six new analytics applications that are being developed internally to be hosted on the GE Health Cloud. These apps are targeted to help clinicians in departments across the healthcare enterprise, including hospitals, health systems and physician practices:
Beyond The Ge Health Cloud At HIMSS
Aligned with the industry shift to value-based payment and the increasing convergence of payer-provider relationships, GE Healthcare announced a new portal that will provide a framework for payers and providers to collaborate.
The new portal, called Centricity Solutions for Payer-Provider Collaboration, aims to help payers gain better insight into the care that they are paying for, and help providers demonstrate their adherence to payer protocols while closing care gaps for high risk and other patients. As a result, higher quality care may be delivered at a lower cost, which aligns with new and emerging reimbursement and delivery models.
With the accelerating shift to value-based healthcare, both payers and providers are seeking insights on revenue and costs so that they can engage fully with CMS payment, data and quality initiatives.
The GE Health Cloud will use key interoperability standards, including FHIR, HL7 and DICOM, be compliant with applicable HIPAA privacy and security requirements and seek HITRUST and SOC2 certifications.
GE Health Cloud is not for patient use. Not for sale. Anticipated availability 2H 2016.
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