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This tech company just selected Chicago for its next digital workplace

A first of its kind digital development lab for healthcare imaging technology aims to enhance patient care and reduce costs for hospitals by developing and testing solutions in real-time

Chicago – the city once better known as the “Windy City” and for meat in a tube – is rapidly emerging as a hub for digital technology, and the coders who are building it. Particularly of interest to developers in the city, recent announcements show, is the healthcare industry.

Chicago has been climbing the ranks to make this Top 10 Cities for Techies list by data marketing company Mintigo, this 25 Most High Tech Cities in the World list by Business Insider and 2thinknow, and this Top 10 Cities for Rapid Growth list by Inc.

In February 2017, GE Healthcare announced that it planned to relocate hundreds of jobs to Chicago, building out an ecosystem of software engineers, programmers and data scientists in the city’s downtown. This was yet another proof point in the city’s evolution towards tech.

Now, Intel is partnering with GE Healthcare in the “Silicon Valley of the Midwest” with a first of its kind digital development lab for healthcare imaging technology.

The Joint Performance Acceleration Lab (JPAL) will be located on the premises of GE Healthcare’s corporate headquarters, where GE coders already sit hacking away at solutions for clinicians.

Together, Intel and GE Healthcare will bring together their respective long-term expertise in hardware, software and healthcare to develop, test and validate new innovations across a wide spectrum of medical imaging hardware, software, cloud and edge technology. The goal: create solutions that will offer greater hospital efficiency through increased asset performance, reduced patient risk and dosage exposure – with faster image processing – and expedited time to diagnosis and treatment.

“Radiologist workdays can be enhanced by use of real-time data analytics and increased performance,” said Jonathan Ballon, vice president Internet of Things Group at Intel. “The combination of innovative imaging solutions from GE Healthcare with the breakthrough speed of Intel processors promises great advances in imaging that could make a real difference in patient care.”

The coders coming to this new lab already have their sights on deploying one technology: the new Intel Xeon Scalable platform. The software aims to improve how fast a radiologist can read images, saving time and increasing productivity. It also aims to lower the total cost of ownership for imaging devices by up to 25 percent.

The lab stems from a 20-year partnership between Intel and GE Healthcare, expanded to focus on enhancing patient care and reducing costs for hospitals and health systems using digital imaging solutions, deployed via edge and cloud.

It’s all part of GE Healthcare’s goal to have a completely digital, connected ecosystem of medical scanners, imaging applications and services for radiologists and hospitals.

“Some of our longest-standing modalities are now being infused with the latest in digital technologies – which requires security, precision, speed and efficiency,” said David Hale, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Imaging Digital Solutions at GE Healthcare. “To ensure we are delivering the best possible outcomes at the lowest cost in this digital age, GE Healthcare is partnering with Intel to co-develop on and off premise solutions through our new lab and accelerate these with the Intel Xeon Scalable platform.”

The announcement comes at one of the largest medical conference in the world, the Radiological Society of North America, which also happens to take place in Chicago.

It’s yet another reason why Chicago residents of the future may all be coders – medical coders.