GE Healthcare inks agreement with Etisalat

GE Healthcare inks agreement with Etisalat

October 21, 2009 at 03:10pm

Etisalat and GE Healthcare have signed an agreement aimed at making the most of the synergies between healthcare and telecom.

In healthcare, access to timely information is critical. Moreover, it can help clinicians make better decisions, potentially leading to more efficient healthcare delivery and a reduction in healthcare costs.
Etisalat, with its expertise in infrastructure connectivity, will leverage GE Healthcare’s innovative solutions and expertise in capturing patient information. This strategic combination will result in the development and offering of medical data management and remote clinical support services via Etisalat’s state-of-the-art telecom infrastructure. This alliance will builds on how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can be used to improve patient care and safety while reducing costs.

An area of cooperation to be explored between Etisalat and GE Healthcare will be in cardiology systems with both partners working together to introduce the MUSE Cardiology Information system on a SaaS (Software as a Service) business model to provide more accurate cardiac assessments to hospitals and clinics. GE’s MUSE ECG data management system provides ECG (Electrocardiogram) data for patients and facilitates access to ECG data. This makes it possible for doctors to review and edit studies on-line, from the comfort of their hospital or home, anytime on a 24×7 basis.

The other potential benefit of such a service would be in the insights it could provide to the Government’s health departments about cardiology data relating to residents across the UAE. The departments will now be able to track cardiology data, analyze the state of healthcare and build profiles to create an ongoing information base to monitor and improve cardiology standards.

Both Etisalat and GE Healthcare will also explore joint areas of cooperation in telemetry applications, asset management through in building RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology including Picture Archiving & Communication Systems (PACS).

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