Edison Digital Health Platform
by GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare announces its intention to bring to market a digital health platform called Edison Digital Health Platform. The platform’s design focuses on seamlessly aggregating data from multiple sources and vendors, enabling clinical applications that support integrated care and holistic views of each patient. It will include a healthcare-specific AI toolkit for building and running applications. GE Healthcare is GE’s (NYSE:GE) $17.7 billion healthcare business and is set to spin-off from GE in 2023.
Announcement Summary (click to expand)
Accelerating Digital Transformation
A scalable digital health solution requires an embedded solution that operates seamlessly within existing clinical workflows. A digital health platform can be a cost-effective and technically efficient way to speed the pace of digital innovation, helping providers grow revenue, increase efficiency, improve quality of care, and enhance patient and staff experiences. The GE Healthcare ecosystem revolves around delivering precision health: digitizing healthcare and driving productivity to improve outcomes for patients, providers, health systems, and researchers worldwide. Supported by its Edison intelligence platform, solutions leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to help providers improve efficiency, patient outcomes, and access to care.
Through the Edison Digital Health Platform, applications can integrate and assimilate data from disparate sources and apply analytics or advanced algorithms to generate clinical, operational, and financial insights. Preferred premier systems integrator Leidos will collaborate on seamless implementations and integrations with customers. Solutions can be securely deployed via Cloud, Edison HealthLink, or directly onto smart devices.
In addition to Edison’s ability to be embedded with existing workflow, GE Healthcare plans to integrate and deploy GE Healthcare apps such as Command Center onto the Edison Digital Health Platform. The platform currently draws on data from electronic medical record (EMR) systems, labs, imaging, genomics, and other sources.
The Continued Adoption of Digital Solutions
Over the past decade, consumers have grown accustomed to a customized digital experience. At the same time, health care consumers (patients) have taken a more active role in educating themselves and directly managing their health, with more than 80% of consumers researching their healthcare options. Booking appointments, completing preregistration, and making payments online is the new baseline, setting up healthcare expectations similar to other service sectors. In this age of consumerism, healthcare providers are trying to do the same by providing personalized medical experiences to their patients. This means delivering personalized care to each individual’s needs and healthcare preferences. Healthcare organizations need to know what each patient wants and needs to achieve this goal.
Digital tools that facilitate innovative methods and modalities to improve health care, enable lifestyle change, and create efficiencies are progressing quickly. In the last decade, we have changed the model of care by virtualizing the practice of medicine where it makes clinical and economic sense. Simplifying processes is just a start. As healthcare organizations move toward offering more personalized care solutions, they will increasingly need to rely on software and hardware solutions to support these initiatives. The view for digital health solutions is that they are long-term investments that, if implemented correctly, will net great returns.
GE Healthcare & AliveCor Partnership Announcement
Integrating at-home ECG data into the clinical workflow
- The partnership goal is to reduce cardiac-related hospitalizations.
- Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of treated heart arrhythmia, is associated with a highly elevated risk of stroke.
- GE Healthcare designed the MUSE platform as a vendor-agnostic offering for connecting a hospital’s electronic medical records (EMR) to manage and streamline the flow of cardiac information. According to GE Healthcare, MUSE is used by 87 percent of the top cardiac hospitals in the U.S.
- Physicians accessing GE Healthcare’s MUSE can now view and interpret in MUSE ECGs taken by patients using AliveCor’s KardiaMobile 6L personal ECG device, strengthening the care continuum from hospital into the home, or anytime, anywhere.
- A physician will prescribe or enroll AliveCor’s KardiaMobile 6L for patients with specific cardiac diagnoses who can benefit from monitoring and tracking their ECG recordings outside of the clinical setting, such as at home.
- AliveCor’s FDA-cleared device allows patients to record their cardiac data, transmit it to their mobile device, and if the app detects any irregularities, providers will receive an alert for the data fed into the EMR.
- The partnership with AliveCor gives patients and physicians increased confidence about managing diagnosed cardiac conditions, including atrial fibrillation, the most common type of treated heart arrhythmia.
As a leading global medical technology, pharmaceutical diagnostics, and digital solutions innovator, GE Healthcare enables clinicians to make faster, more informed decisions through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications, and services, supported by its Edison intelligence platform. With over 100 years of healthcare industry experience and around 47,000 employees globally, the company operates at the center of an ecosystem working toward precision health, digitizing healthcare, helping drive productivity, and improving outcomes for patients, providers, health systems, and researchers around the world.