New Edison Platform with Apps is Launched by GE


Artificial Intelligence continues to play a role within healthcare as many organizations and businesses figure out the best uses for it.  During the recent annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, GE Healthcare decided to showcase their new Edison platform that utilizes artificial intelligence.  New applications were created to assist health systems and hospitals make uses of AI better.


Edison’s Latest Data Processing Technologies is an Asset for Clinicians

According to a recent article in Healthcare IT News, the annual meeting of RSNA revealed new smart devices and applications that will allow hospitals to develop easier algorithms as well as manage information for imaging and in establishing precision medicine.  GE Healthcare’s new Edison AI platform was designed to accomplish this.

GE boasts that their new platform will be a means for assisting hospitals to achieve better use out of their technology.  Utilizing their variety of clinical applications that can be deployed on the edge, on medical devices or using the cloud, they are developed using algorithms that are validated from an ecosystem of leading partners.

GE Healthcare CEO Kieran Murphy said in a statement that, “Edison provides clinicians with an integrated digital platform, combining diverse data sets from across modalities, vendors, healthcare networks and life sciences settings.  Applications built on Edison will include the latest data processing technologies to enable clinicians to make faster, more informed decisions to improve patient outcomes.”    

The meeting revealed other important apps, such as AIRx, which is a 510 (k) automated workflow tool that is pending; this MRI brain scanner utilizes artificial intelligence that offers automated slice prescriptions that assists in reducing previous redundant, manual steps.  Another app known as Critical Care Suite (which is also awaiting approval from the FDA) is designed to assist in identifying cases that contains the critical condition of pneumothorax involving the point-of-care that would enable prioritization of image review.


Why AI was the Hot Topic

Though there were many apps discussed at the annual meeting, AI within healthcare was the popular topic and with good reason.  According to GE, the healthcare artificial intelligence market is projected by 2021 to exceed 6.5 billion dollars.  The cited data revealed that thirty-nine percent of decision makers in healthcare are planning not only to invest in machine learning but also in predictive analytics toward imaging as well as in other clinical applications.

AI as the hot topic during the RSNA is justified as radiology is ongoing in transforming how imaging is being managed.  There has been other tech announcements made recently that includes the new PowerScribe One reporting platform from Nuance as well as McCormick Place hosting plenty of sessions regarding AI education

GE notes that ninety percent of healthcare information is derived from imaging; however, roughly three percent of that information gets put to work or analyzed.  The goal of the company is to improve upon those statistics by utilizing the Edison platform.  Keith Bigelow, who is the senior vice president of Edison portfolio strategy at GE Healthcare, said in a statement that, “This isn’t about some flashy gadget or moonshot AI.  Edison powers pioneering but practical technologies that improve the workflows and devices of today and target the greatest pain points in the system.”  


Meanwhile, Dr. Rachael Callcut, who is the associate professor of surgery at UCSF and the director of data science for the Center for Digital Health Innovation, who also assisted in developing the Critical Care Suite for the platform, added that, “There’s a lot of hidden meaning in the deep data, but it takes a significant sophistication to extract the value.  AI gives us an opportunity to see patterns that we don’t see and change the way we care for patients, which can ultimately improve outcomes.”