When GE unveiled their Health Cloud initiative three months ago, it seemed to be a bold new way for healthcare providers to streamline and derive more value from the medical images they were creating using GE machines. After their latest announcement earlier this week, the Health Cloud is looking outright brilliant.
GE announced 9 new partners who will create apps for the Health Cloud ecosystem – making their imaging products, like CT and MR machines, the healthcare equivalent of iPhones and iPads; devices that sit at the center of an ecosystem of apps and app developers.
Calling their new library of partner software companies an “app store,” GE is replicating many of the concepts that made Apple a pioneer in consumer electronics. GE will host and promote their partners’ apps. To help their partners operate more profitably, "... the cloud will also include a complete billing and subscription management infrastructure."
The slow-moving nature of the healthcare system has always created a tendency for the newest, most powerful technologies to reach it last. With the Health Cloud, GE is helping innovative companies leapfrog many of traditional barriers that have slowed the addition of new vendors and new technologies to the healthcare ecosystem. This initiative and others like it are likely to help hospitals adopt valuable new tools with greater ease than ever before, driving a stronger healthcare system and better care for patients.