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May 8, 2018

GE Healthcare and A*STAR to co-develop new medical technologies

GE Healthcare has collaborated with Singapore-based Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) for the development of new medical technologies for patient diagnosis and monitoring.

GE Healthcare has collaborated with Singapore-based Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) for the development of new medical technologies for patient diagnosis and monitoring.

The partners aim for quick and more accurate diagnoses, better treatment strategies and greater productivity in workflow.

GE Healthcare will combine its expertise in medical and information technologies, with A*STAR’s data analytics and high-performance computing capabilities.

“The new technologies have been integrated into GE Healthcare’s patient care equipment and applications, while some are in the process of being implemented into its solutions globally.”

Previously, the companies signed a five-year joint research and development partnership in 2014 under which they developed various technological advancements in imaging diagnostics and monitoring.

GE Healthcare Molecular Imaging and Computed Tomography president and CEO Michael Barber said: “Leveraging both our strengths has not only resulted in new innovations to GE’s solutions, they are helping to address the fast-growing healthcare needs of Southeast Asia and the world.”

The new technologies have been integrated into GE Healthcare’s patient care equipment and applications, while some are in the process of being implemented into its solutions globally.

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Of the technologies, one is designed to improve the PET scan method by using high-performance computing in order to allow for fast scans and shorter waiting times for patients at hospitals and clinics.

The solution includes an optimised digital PET image reconstruction that leads to a decrease in around 15 minutes off the current workflow, which generally takes nearly 40 minutes for completion.

Additional advancements comprised solutions to improve image reconstruction algorithms in CT scans, a platform to support treatment decisions for stroke and wireless communication technologies to enhance remote monitoring.

The latest alliance is set to work towards developing various digital solutions such as a diagnostic imaging system for Parkinson’s disease and advanced capabilities for tracking surgery motion.

A*STAR Biomedical Research Council executive-director Dr Benjamin Seet said: “Digital technology will disrupt and transform healthcare.

“Our partnership with GE Healthcare is a clear demonstration of how open innovation can work to develop cutting-edge solutions that have already benefited patients.”

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