6 Ways Health Care Moved Beyond Hospital Walls in 2017

From cloud-connected ECG systems to automated ultrasound tools, health care is breaking down the traditional hospital walls to become more digital and mobile.


“Digital disruption is the new normal. Big data, analytics and artificial intelligence enable health care to be more personalized and precise – a fact with which patients appear increasingly comfortable.”

-Anders Wold, President and CEO of GE Healthcare Clinical Care Solutions


1. How One Father-Son Doctor Duo is “Cloning a Cardiologist” in India

In 2014, 5 million people in India suffered heart attacks, and 3 million of those people didn’t live. The likelihood of surviving a heart attack is more than 80% if treatment is received within the first two hours. But in India, the average time to treatment is more than six hours. While heart attacks can be detected by a quick and inexpensive test called an ECG, most primary care clinics in India aren’t equipped with ECG machines and many primary care doctors don’t have sufficient training in ECG interpretation. With GE Healthcare, Tricog has strategically placed cloud-connected ECG systems in local clinics throughout India to help doctors detect heart complications within minutes of a patient’s arrival. [Read more…]

2. New Military Research Could Hold Promise for Civilian Care

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command is currently researching a way to provide medics with ultrasound-based automated diagnostics, which are especially applicable to the chest and torso injuries commonly found in combat zones. In the field of the future, a medic might reach for his automated – or “intelligent” — ultrasound, which would support him from diagnostics to administration of a needle, if needed. [Read more…]

3. Massive Storm, Small Technology

On September 9, Jeff Hersh, a doctor, watched the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Florida fill with carloads of people fleeing the path of Hurricane Irma. Jeff was on the other side of the highway, driving south and intentionally heading into the oncoming storm. He is among the 36 members of the Boston Strong MA1 Disaster Medical Assist Team (DMAT), which was activated as part of the United States Health and Human Service’s National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) response to Hurricane Irma. [Read more…]

4. An ultrasound designed for rural Africa is now helping moms in Europe

This portable ultrasound was originally intended for front-line healthcare workers in Africa and Southeast Asia to help improve maternal health and provide care to patients even in the most remote settings. And while the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 70 percent of medical equipment designed in developed nations does not work in developing world facilities – the opposite does not hold true. Now, the Vscan Access is being used by doctors and patients to help moms around the world, including labor and delivery departments in Europe. [Read more…]

5. From Rhinos to Naked Mole Rats: Scanning the Most Unique Patients

The only male northern white rhino left in the world lives on a conservancy in central Kenya with 24-hour armed guards, along with the last two remaining females. The entire future of the species rests with these three, named Sudan, Najin and Fatu. But all three rhinos are unable to reproduce — a fact that Professor Thomas Hildebrandt of Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin confirmed earlier this year with GE Healthcare ultrasound technology. In November, Hildebrandt and his colleagues took on what seems to be the impossible: saving the northern white rhino species through assisted reproduction. [Read more…]

6. This Ethiopian woman’s second premature baby conquers all odds

In 2011, Workie, pregnant with their first child, went into labor prematurely at just seven months. Her daughter weighed 700 grams at birth and was in desperate need of glucose. Sadly, the child passed away just minutes after birth. Five years later, Workie was pregnant again and, this time, hoping for a healthy birth. “It took five years for me to have a baby. Against all odds, he lived.” [Read more...]