May 17, 2020

Why GE Healthcare relocated its headquarters from the UK to Chicago

GE Healthcare
United Kingdom
IT business
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The U.S. remains the largest single market for GE Healthcare’s digital imaging, information technology and life sciences business.
With a goal of moving closer to its largest market, GE Healthcare has relocated its headquarters from the UK to Chicago.

The United States remains the...

With a goal of moving closer to its largest market, GE Healthcare has relocated its headquarters from the UK to Chicago.

The United States remains the largest single market for GE Healthcare’s digital imaging, information technology and life sciences business. A large percentage of the company’s imaging business is located in nearby Milwaukee, while its IT business and life sciences business has offices in Chicago suburbs of Barrington and Arlington heights, respectively.

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GE Healthcare CEO John L. Flannery recently said he’s still unsure of exactly how many jobs would be coming to Chicago, but did reveal his senior executives were relocating to be closer to operations in Chicago and Milwaukee, while remaining near an international transportation hub.

“We’re excited to strengthen GE’s roots in Chicago, where we will continue our focus on being the leading provider of outcome-based solutions for the healthcare industry,” said Flannery in a statement. “Chicago has a rich industrial heritage, terrific international transportation links and is close to come of the world’s leading health care and academic institutions. It is also ideally located for many of GE Healthcare’s operations.”

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GE Healthcare was originally founded in Chicago in the early 1900s as a manufacturer of X-ray equipment. The company then moved its headquarters to the London area after its acquisition of medical diagnostic and life science product company Amersham (now GE Healthcare) in 2004.

With approximately 51,000 employees worldwide, GE Healthcare had a total revenue of 18.3 billion in 2014. The company specializes in making medical equipment, which includes imaging, patient monitoring and diagnostic machinery.

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Jun 17, 2021

Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes

3 min
British actress Nina Wadia OBE tells us how her son's life has changed since using glucose monitoring system Dexcom

It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition. 

Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently. 

In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician. 

British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives. 

As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today. 

Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes? 
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.

How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan? 
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily. 

Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.

Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes  patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign. 

If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed? 
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!

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