GE Healthcare CEO: Here's what the hospital of the future will look like

The company will bring digital health tools for connectivity and applied intelligence to HIMSS18.
By Tom Sullivan
09:52 AM
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GE Healthcare is showing several digital offerings here at HIMSS18 with a focus on applied intelligence and connectivity.

“If you add everything up, technology is going to make the hospital of the future faster, more accessible and patient-friendly, data-driven and I would say more and more outside the traditional walls of the hospital,” said Anders Wold, CEO of GE Healthcare Clinical Care Solutions. “Technology is going to be key for clinicians, patients, the entire industry.”

On the applied intelligence front, GE brought CareStation Insights cloud-based services and algorithms that extract data from anesthesia machines to provide clinicians with a view of their practice. Also, the Carescape Insights Alarm Spotlight tool can be used to help clinicians reduce alarm burden and fatigue, while MUSE ECG Insights aims to improve the overall cardiovascular care process.

When it comes to connectivity, Carescape Connect is a medical device aggregation tech that GE is showing in the Interoperability Showcase along with its partner Bernoulli.

The company is also showcasing Centricity Perinatal, which is clinical documentation and analytics software for labor and delivery, the NICU and the nursery.

In addition to those technologies, Wold said that GE is working to make its other healthcare-related technologies more equipped for cloud computing environments.

“It’s a pivoting point here. It’s much more about cost, accessibility and mobility. In many ways our digital component, and the connectivity piece,” Wold said.  

Wold said there are four fundamental drivers of the hospital of the future: the explosion of health data and fact that medicine is becoming increasingly data-focused, the Silver Tsunami, the challenge on providers to deliver value and volume, and patients getting more demanding about cost, quality and the best options. 

“Patients will be expecting to have diagnostics almost live on a smartphone or at the very least available in near-real time. We have to think about these situations. The whole industry is shifting around that.”

GE Healthcare is in Booth 3224.

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