May 17, 2020

GE Healthcare partners with Intel, speeding up its medical ambitions

Technology
digital healthcare
Technology
Catherine Sturman
2 min
GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare’s longstanding collaboration with Intel is set to be strengthened through its ambitions to enhance patient care and reduce costs for hos...

GE Healthcare’s longstanding collaboration with Intel is set to be strengthened through its ambitions to enhance patient care and reduce costs for hospitals through the use of digital imaging solutions, delivered via edge and cloud.

Becoming a leading provider of medical imaging equipment, with over 50,000 employees across 100 countries, GE Healthcare will harness enhanced data and analytics to further its aims to provide greater efficiencies and reduced waiting times within diagnosis and ongoing treatment.

The collaboration will see Intel support the company’s ambitions and provide faster image processing through implementing Intel’s Xeon Scalable platform. The technology will see the total cost of ownership for imaging devices reduced by up to 25%, further supporting radiologists going forward.

“Radiologist workdays can be enhanced by use of real-time data analytics and increased performance,” explained Jonathan Ballon, Vice President Internet of Things Group at Intel.

“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.”

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Both companies are also investing in a new, first-of-its-kind digital development lab in downtown Chicago, named the Joint Performance Acceleration Lab (JPAL). Dedicated to the development, testing and validation of new innovations, it will further support and enable the highest possible radiology productivity at the lowest total cost of ownership for healthcare providers and clinicians by improving the performance of their imaging fleets.

Additionally, as part of the expanded partnership, both companies will utilise a workload-optimised Wind River Titanium Control software virtualisation platform. This will enable hospitals and health systems to therefore 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,” said Jim Douglas, President, 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.”

The collaboration builds on GE Healthcare’s recent partnership with Nvidia, where it is set to update its 500,000 medical imaging devices

 

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Jul 25, 2021

Getting ready for cloud data-driven healthcare

Data
healthcare
CloudComputing
Technology
 Joe Gaska
4 min
Getting ready for cloud data-driven healthcare
 Joe Gaska, CEO of GRAX, tells us how healthcare providers can become cloud-based and data-driven organisations

As healthcare continues to recognise the value of data and digital transformation, many organisations are relying on the cloud to make their future-forward and data-centric thinking a reality. In fact, the global healthcare cloud computing market was valued at approximately $18 billion and is expected to generate around $61 billion USD by 2025. 

At the forefront of these changes is the rapid adoption of cloud-based, or software-as-a-service (SaaS), applications. These apps can be used to handle patient interactions, track prescriptions, care, billing and more, and the insights derived from this important data can vastly improve operations, procurement and courses of treatment. However, before healthcare organisations can begin to dream about a true data-driven future, they have to deal with a data-driven dilemma: compliance. 

Meeting regulation requirements

It’s no secret that healthcare is a highly regulated industry when it comes to data and privacy – and rightfully so. Patient records contain extremely sensitive data that, if changed or erased, could cost someone their life. This is why healthcare systems rely on legacy technologies, like Cerner and Epic EHRs, to manage patient information – the industry knows the vendors put an emphasis on making them as secure as possible.

Yet when SaaS applications are introduced and data starts being moved into them, compliance gets complicated. For example, every time a new application is introduced into an organisation, that organisation must have the vendor complete a BAA (Business Associate Agreement). This agreement essentially puts the responsibility for the safety of patients’ information — maintaining appropriate safeguards and complying with regulations — on the vendor.

However, even with these agreements in place, healthcare systems still are at risk of failing to meet compliance requirements. To comply with HIPAA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 11 and other regulations that stipulate the need to exercise best practices to keep electronic patient data safe, healthcare organisations must maintain comprehensive audit trails – something that gets increasingly difficult when data sits in an application that resides in the vendor’s infrastructure.

Additionally, data often does not stay in the applications – instead healthcare users download, save and copy it into other business intelligence tools, creating data sprawl across the organisation and exposing patient privacy to greater risk. 

With so many of these tools that are meant to spur growth and more effective care creating compliance challenges, it begs the question: how can healthcare organisations take advantage of the data they have without risking non-compliance?

Data ownership

Yes, healthcare organisations can adhere to regulations while also getting valuable insights from the wealth of data they have available. However, to help do this, organisations must own their data. This means data must be backed up and stored in an environment that they have control over, rather than in the SaaS vendors’ applications.

Backing up historical SaaS application data directly from an app into an organisation’s own secure cloud infrastructure, such as AWS or Microsoft Azure, makes it easier, and less costly, to maintain a digital chain of custody – or a trail of the different touchpoints of data. This not only increases the visibility and auditability of that data, but organisations can then set appropriate controls around who can access the data.

Likewise, having data from these apps located in one central, easily accessible location can decrease the number of copies floating around an organisation, reducing the surface area of exposure while also making it easier for organisations to securely pull data into business intelligence tools. 

When healthcare providers have unfettered access to all their historical data, the possibilities for growth and insights are endless. For example, having ownership and ready access to authorised data can help organisations further implement and support outcome-based care. Insights enabled by this data will help inform diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment plans and more, which benefits not only the patient, but the healthcare ecosystem as a whole. 

To keep optimising and improving care, healthcare systems must take advantage of new tools like SaaS applications. By backing up and owning their historical SaaS application data, they can do so while minimising the risk to patient privacy or compliance requirements. Having this ownership and access can propel healthcare organisations to be more data-driven – creating better outcomes for everyone. 

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