By Omar Ford
One of the current trends in the medtech industry involves companies expanding digital solutions. GE Healthcare following this trend with its Edison Digital Health platform.
The Chicago, IL-based company introduced the solution at HIMSS. The Edison Digital Health platform is a vendor-agnostic hosting and data aggregation platform with an integrated artificial intelligence (AI) engine.
The platform is being developed to enable hospitals and healthcare systems to effectively deploy the clinical, workflow, analytics and AI tools which would support the improvement of care delivery, the promotion of high-efficiency operations, and the increase of revenue growth, while also supporting reduction in the IT burden that typically comes with installing and integrating apps across the enterprise.
Edison Digital Health Platform is designed to accelerate app integration by connecting devices and other data sources into an aggregated clinical data layer. A collection of data transformation services is expected to be available on the platform to support data analytic applications, and to enable the training and deployment of AI models using the aggregated data. Through open and published interfaces, healthcare providers and third-party developers are expected to be able to deploy their applications, with the platform supporting integration of the apps into existing workflows. GE Healthcare said it intends to integrate and deploy its own apps such as Command Center “tiles” onto Edison Digital Health Platform.
“Edison Digital Health Platform is being designed to enable healthcare systems to have a single platform on which to host and integrate apps into clinical workflows,” said Chief Digital Officer, GE Healthcare, Amit Phadnis. “With easy access to the workflow, analytics, and clinical apps specific to care across the care continuum, clinicians will have actionable insights at their fingertips to help better serve their patients.”
More companies are moving toward a digital future. Baxter started the move in 2021 when it announced it would acquire Hillrom for US$12.5 billion. Deerfield, IL-based Baxter said the deal, which closed in December, helped accelerate its digitally-enabled connected care solutions.
Earlier this year, Stryker stepped away from deals involving capital equipment and elective procedure when announced it was acquiring Vocera Communications for about $3.09 billion. The deal would enhance the Kalamazoo, MI-based company’s digital presence.
Vocera has a portfolio comprised of multiple products including clinical communication, secure text messaging, alarms & notifications, patient experience, and analytics tools.https://www.mddionline.com