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HealthTech Review March, 12 2012

GE Healthcare to acquire Xcellerex Inc., broadening capabilities in growing biopharmaceutical manufacture segment

GE Healthcare, a unit of GE, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Xcellerex, Inc. a supplier of innovative manufacturing technologies for the fast-growing biopharmaceutical industry. The acquisition of Xcellerex will allow GE Healthcare to expand its offering of products and services for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals such as recombinant proteins, antibodies and vaccines. The strong strategic fit between the two companies, combined with expanded capabilities in product development and marketing, will offer significant customer benefits. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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GE Healthcare Initiates Evaluation Period for New Global Patient Safety Network

GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, a unit of GE Healthcare, announced the launch of a 90-day evaluation for its Global Patient Safety Network (GPSN), an online community for hospitals to collaborate with peers around the world with the goal of improving patient safety. Following the recent initiative announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs), the GPSN will provide a resource for providers to meet the needs of HENs.

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Poland Hospital Installs Eastern Europe’s First GE Cardiac CZT Scanner

A new generation cardiac scanner was recently unveiled to much media acclaim at the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw (WIM). The first GE Healthcare cardiac gamma camera scanner in Central and Eastern Europe, the Discovery* NM530c can help clinicians assess the status of the heart after heart failure or a heart attack in a much shorter time than previously possible with conventional nuclear medicine technology. With conventional nuclear cardiac imaging, patients must hold their arms above their heads for two scans of about 15minutes each. With the Discovery NM530c, a 3D image of the heart is possible with scans lasting just 3 to 5 minutes.

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Bay Ridge Medical Imaging, PC First to Offer GE 3.0T Wide Bore MRI in U.S

Patients and clinicians alike are celebrating the newest arrival at BRMI @Dyker Heights of an innovative GE Healthcare Discovery* MR750w 3.0T[1] scanner. This new GE Healthcare w-series system is the first of its kind to be installed in the United States and offers a wide-range of advanced clinical functionality and uncompromised image quality, and was designed to be patient friendly, with the goal of transforming the experience for patients who find having a traditional MRI scan uncomfortable or intimidating.
The Discovery MR750w 3.0T system allows greater use of feet first scanning but head first scanning remains a viable choice; and introduces a larger, 70cm patient ‘bore’ (the area where the person lies to be scanned), and a patient-friendly design to help alleviate patient anxiety and stress during the scan.

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GE Healthcare Partners with Masimo to Incorporate rainbow® SET Technology with GE Patient Monitors

GE Healthcare and Masimo jointly announced a long-term agreement under which GE will incorporate Masimo rainbow® SET technology into many of GE Healthcare’s patient monitoring products. “Combining Masimo’s measurements advances with our innovative patient monitors enhances bedside clinical decision-making and ultimately, supports patient care,” said Matthias Weber, General Manager of Monitoring Solutions at GE Healthcare. “Through our focused Monitoring Solutions division, GE Healthcare is committed to optimally collecting information from the patient’s body, and transforming it into meaningful intelligence for caregivers. Masimo’s suite of noninvasive and continuous rainbow® SET measurements will further enhance the point-of-care clinical intelligence benefits already offered in GE Healthcare’s patient monitors.”

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