GE Healthcare Introduces New Edge Technology Designed to Give Clinicians
Rapid Access to Critical Data
CHICAGO -- October 14, 2020
GE Healthcare today introduced Edison HealthLink, new edge computing
technology designed specifically for the needs of healthcare providers, that
allows clinicians to collect, analyze and act upon critical data closer to its
source. With 10 applications already available through Edison HealthLink –
including TrueFidelity image reconstruction, Mural Virtual Care and CT Smart
Subscription – the solution gives healthcare providers another entry point
into the Edison ecosystem.
While COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of cloud technology, analyzing
data from a distance can pose various risks to operational efficiency and
patient care. Concerns around bandwidth, network and latency challenges remain
when a matter of seconds could determine the outcome for a patient. For
example, time is critical when diagnosing and treating stroke—around 2 million
brain cells die every minute^1 until blood flow is restored, increasing the
risk of permanent damage. Running advanced post-processing software at the
edge to evaluate brain scans allows clinicians to analyze and act upon
critical data without sending it to the cloud, enabling rapid decision making.
“COVID-19 has accelerated industry-wide trends with implications for the
future of care delivery. It’s time to apply these trends and use them to
modernize the current health system infrastructure,” said Amit Phadnis, Chief
Digital Officer, GE Healthcare. “As more care delivery becomes virtual and as
more healthcare data moves to the cloud, technologies like Edison HealthLink
provide a bridge, allowing devices to operate on premise, at the edge and in
By operating medical devices that connect to Edison HealthLink, health systems
can continually receive advanced software updates without requiring new
equipment – essentially extending the life of existing assets.
Built using GE’s deep healthcare domain expertise, Edison HealthLink runs the
Edison Health Services software stack, which provides a set of
healthcare-specific services – including HIPAA-compliant data aggregation,
connectivity, advanced visualization, AI and non-AI algorithm orchestration –
that developers can leverage to build and deploy clinical applications and
workflows. These capabilities, along with other development tools, can serve
as the delivery platform for third-party developers with edge applications for
the healthcare industry. The Edison Health Service software stack can be
deployed at the edge, on premise and in the cloud.
This Edison HealthLink news marks another milestone for GE Healthcare’s Edison
ecosystem, which helps GE Healthcare and select strategic partners design,
develop, manage, secure and distribute applications and algorithms quickly.
Healthcare applications deployed on Edison HealthLink are part of GE
Healthcare’s efforts to provide clinicians with tools that help them aggregate
data, apply AI and analytics to that data and uncover insights – empowering
clinicians to achieve better patient outcomes, gain efficiency and reduce
For more information, visit gehealthcare.com.
About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare is the $16.7 billion healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE). As a
leading global medical technology 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 50,000 employees globally, the company operates at the
center of an ecosystem working toward precision health, digitizing healthcare,
helping drive productivity and improve outcomes for patients, providers,
health systems and researchers around the world.
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^1 University of Michigan Health System. "After a stroke, every minute counts:
New national guide for care." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 February 2013.
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