UK: GE Healthcare and AWS announce first European cloud deployment

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GE Healthcare and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced the first European cloud deployment of Edison True PACS at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham.  

The project aims to provide radiologists with intelligent productivity tools that help enhance reading speed, reduce errors, improve diagnostic precision, and enable more confident diagnoses. This is important at a time when radiologists are under increased pressure due to backlogs from the COVID pandemic.


By enabling the delivery of cloud-based imaging solutions, integrated data, and clinical operational insights, it is intended to help provider transition from the traditional care delivery model in a hospital setting to a more decentralised model.

Dr Rowland Illing, director and chief medical officer, international public sector health, AWS, said: “We’re at an inflection point for the cloud in healthcare. Healthcare organisations recognise the need for dynamic, cost-effective, scalable capacity for storage and archiving of petabytes of medical imaging data. 

“With cloud solutions they benefit from virtually unlimited storage, plus improved reliability, security, and access to massive computing power for analytics.”

Edison True PACS enables remote and convenient access to different tools needed by healthcare professionals to care for patients, such as teleradiology, and home reporting.

Tools available to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital include the ZFP 3D viewer, which enables staff to view 3D images via smartphones, and the Edison AI Orchestrator, which allows staff to access a curated selection of apps.


David Labajo, vice president digital, GE Healthcare Europe, said: “Radiologists are increasingly looking for tools that help them do their job more effectively using fewer resources, but many organisations demand easier and quicker ways to deploy new imaging platforms for their radiology departments, with less internal IT resources, at a lower cost, and ensuring the maximum levels of security and data protection.

“Cloud-based tools enable remote and convenient access to the different tools needed with a smaller footprint and long-term cost of ownership”.

Kira Levy, head of public sector healthcare UK, AWS, said: “AWS empowers healthcare organisations to provide patient-centric care, improve patient outcomes, and fast-track the modernisation of healthcare systems.”

Liam Maiden, IT programme manager, the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, said: “We’re really proud to be one of the early adopters of the GE True PACS solution in Europe, which complements our ongoing cloud transformation programme, NHS Digital cloud first policy and our commitment to innovation.”


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