GE Healthcare has entered into a distribution agreement with mobile-first clinical surveillance technology provider, AirStrip to expand AirStrip Cardiology and Patient Monitoring solutions in the US.
The mobile application from AirStrip enables clinicians to view clinical data on the web and on mobile devices. It connects with cardiac rhythm strips and 12-lead ECGs, allowing clinicians to monitor numerous patients at the same time and can receive STEMI notifications. The pairing of the technologies from GE HealthCare and AirStrip will also facilitate remote monitoring and clinical collaborations.
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, CEO at AirStrip said: “Leveraging GE HealthCare’s platform, we will be able to offer a joint solution that empowers clinical teams to receive clinical and vital signs information remotely in near real time and effectively deal with constraints on clinical resources while enhancing clinicians’ user experiences.”
The partnership will also address the issue of staff shortages and burnout. According to a ‘GE HealthCare’s Reimagining Better Health Study’ that surveyed 2,000 clinicians across eight countries 61% of clinicians believe technology can support clinical decision making, 54% of clinicians agree that technology enables faster health interventions and 55% of clinicians believe technology helps to improve operational efficiency.
Catherine Estrampes, President of US and Canada, GE HealthCare said: “As an independent company broadening our relationship with AirStrip, there is unlimited opportunity to advance the future of real-time and remote patient monitoring. Our unified solution is less manual, enabling clinicians to manage workloads more efficiently, easing the way to improved patient care. This is critically important in the current environment of clinician shortages and burnout.”
Burnout was addressed in November 2023 when GE HealthCare integrated its AW Family applications with Sectra applications to build a workflow focused on cardiology using GE HealthCare’s CardIQ Suite.
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The company also launched a handheld wireless ultrasound imaging system, Vscan Air SL, in August 2023. It is designed to help clinicians view clear cardiac and vascular images.
Earlier in June, GE HealthCare released a new technology that cuts magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) heart scans by up to 83%, 12 times faster compared to traditional methods.