This year has not only seen change in the healthcare landscape, but also in the way we think about healthcare. Here is a look back at the stories that defined 2015, and will set the trends that will define 2016.
One of the biggest changes this year has been a shift in focus towards Big Data. This was most prominently felt at RSNA 2015, where Big Data and connectivity took center stage.
As said by Dr Rasu Shrestha at this year’s conference, “The future of imaging is going to be value-based. Working with a partner like GE to go from vision to execution is what we need. The future of healthcare will be built on the shoulders of these strong partnerships.”
RSNA is well under way, and several announcements have already been made that will shape the future of radiology. The most important so far has been the announcement of the GE Health Cloud.
The first industry-specific cloud built on GE’s Predix, GE Health Cloud is an ecosystem that will offer scalable and secure solutions designed exclusively for the healthcare industry, turning imaging into insight, and insights into action.
Another shift in medical technology has been more gradual, but just as momentous, in the field of Mother and Infant care. The last few years have seen ultrasound technology evolve to be better than ever, in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in September to keep improving the lives of mothers and children around the world.
Eighty per cent of all people globally have little to no access to healthcare. That’s 5.8 billion people.
Bleak as this sounds, there has actually been a vast improvement in global healthcare compared to 25 years ago. Globally, the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age fell from 12.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013. New HIV infections declined by 38% between 2001 and 2013.
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2015 was also the year to get in touch with your inner start-up. Giants of the industry like GE Healthcare have come to realize that ground-breaking innovation does not happen without collaboration, nor does it happen overnight. This is evident in the companies joining the GE innovation villages, which have pulled together the talent of budding healthcare companies with the extensive experience and resources of GE Healthcare. Big ideas are being given the time and attention they need to become the healthcare of the future.
On a clear dark night, a container ship arrives into Shanghai’s Yangshan deep water port. It unloads its precious cargo:modules for the world’s largest single-use plant for making biologics – medicines made from biological cultures.
Biologics, also called biopharmaceuticals, are protein-based medicines that are increasingly used to treat many different diseases such as cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and blood disorders. The way biologics are manufactured has recently seen a revolution, setting off a rapid expansion of this new branch of pharmaceuticals that now represents the fastest growing class of drugs.
On 27th April Edwina Hart, Welsh Minister for Economy, Transport and Science and Kieran Murphy, President and CEO of GE Healthcare Life Sciences opened the Life Sciences Innovation Village, a campus for growing businesses, in Cardiff.
The first phase of the venture, originally announced in March at BioWales 2015 by GE Healthcare Life Sciences’ Chief Technical Officer Ger Brophy, has space for up to 12 growing life sciences businesses.
Collaboration, partnership, and data have emerged on top as the key trends of 2015, but they have only just begun. Stay tuned to The Pulse as we keep track of how these trends will grow and develop in what is sure to be a very exciting year. See you in 2016!