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Alliance Medical partner with GE Healthcare in medical AI diagnostic deal

By Laurence Mcclenaghan
13 May 2022
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A partnership between Alliance Medical and GE Healthcare will use AI to analyse medical test data, assisting health providers to make quick and accurate diagnostic decisions for patients.

Alliance Medical are based at Surrey Research Park, Ge Healthcare have a base in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
The new partnership will, it's claimed, enhance productivity within hospital radiology departments in the UK by using advanced data analytics and AI. The partnership will, say signatories, streamline daily management and enable proactive problem-solving to help prevent issues for staff and patients.

Simon McGuire, General Manager, GE Healthcare said: "Under constant pressure, radiology departments are struggling to manage high-patient volumes, disrupted schedules and inconsistent processes. The result is staff burnout, a lack of standardisation, and an impact on patient access to diagnostics."

They argue data analytics and AI will lead to greater access to treatment and better patient outcomes.

To address waiting list issues and enable radiology departments to operate more efficiently, existing GE Healthcare solutions employ advanced data analytics, remote collaboration tools, and AI. One such tool, is an AI app in GE’s Command Centre Software Platform, the Imaging Growth Tile, which they said: "will harmonise real-time data from across Alliance Medical sites to predict equipment utilisation and suggest opportunities to optimise scheduling."

"Through our partnership, we also hope to improve patient outcomes by standardising protocols, minimising radiation dosage required for imaging, and delivering more consistent, better coordinated care across multiple sites. We aim to improve patient access by using advanced data and AI to examine internal and external data factors to help pinpoint the likelihood of people not showing up for their appointments."

Richard Evans, Managing Director, Alliance Medical added: “Radiology departments are facing significant challenges, with severe staff shortages being exacerbated by lengthening patient backlogs. The result is demand exceeding the capacity to deliver. There is no solution to this problem without innovation, which is exactly what this partnership with GE Healthcare is all about,” said Richard Evans, Managing Director, Alliance Medical.

“Our software delivers a brand-new level of 360 visibility, allowing radiology departments to manage complexity and optimise productivity in a way that couldn’t be done before. Most important of all, we hope it will unburden clinicians and empower them to focus on what matters most: providing the best patient care possible,” said Simon McGuire, General Manager, GE Healthcare Northern Europe.

"This new agreement extends our existing partnership which includes a £45 million agreement to supply more than 70 medical imaging systems over three years across Oncology, Cardiology and Neurological Care pathways.

"We are also extremely excited about the development of a model for rapid diagnostic centres to speed up cancer diagnosis. Finally, our support for GE’s Edison Accelerator programme, (developing promising start-ups by bringing them together with healthcare providers that can help them grow) is facilitating Alliance to work with start-ups to validate AI algorithms."

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