GE Healthcare announced its new GE Health Cloud, four new radiology apps related to the cloud, and other new technologies at the 2015 Annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago.

GE said its new cloud will connect to more than 500,000 GE imaging machines, shifting image post-processing from on-site machines to the cloud. From the cloud, 3D images can then be viewed on multiple devices – inside and outside the hospital setting.

“Our ultimate goal is to help improve patient care and drive superior clinical, financial and operational outcomes alongside healthcare providers,” said Chairman and CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt.

Commenting on the new technology, GE Healthcare President and CEO, John Flannery said: “Healthcare devices are generating enormous amounts of data, and that data is expected to increase 50-fold by 2020. The GE Health Cloud can help unlock the value of this data, quickly and seamlessly for better patient care. The GE Health Cloud will help clinicians turn data into insights, and insights into tangible actions for decision-makers to drive better outcomes.”

The four new radiology apps include Centricity Cloud Advanced Visualisation, Centricity Multi-Disciplinary Team Virtual Meeting, Centricity Case Exchange and Centricity Image Access Portal.

“Our new apps will bring incredible computing and mobility power to radiologists and clinicians,” said President and CEO of GE Healthcare IT, Jan De Witte. By enhancing radiologists’ speed and confidence through the apps, we can help improve their ability to collaborate with referring clinicians inside and outside the hospital.”

The Health Cloud and apps will be open for development by third parties, healthcare providers and academic institutions. By opening its cloud for third party app development, GE intends to attract independent software vendors (ISVs) to develop their apps in the new cloud ecosystem.

The GE Health Cloud will use key interoperability standards, including FHIR, HL7 and DICOM. And will have full attestations for HIPAA privacy compliance, and security including HITECH and HITRUST and SOC2 certification.

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