by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | October 26, 2020
GE Healthcare has announced its largest-ever ultrasound deal in the United States — an $11 million order by St. Luke’s University Health Network to install its ultrasound technology and IT workflow solutions system-wide, with technology upgrades continuing over the next four years.
St. Luke’s will acquire GE Healthcare’s LOGIQ E10 for General Imaging and Vivid E95 for Echocardiography, both of which will connect to Viewpoint 6, GE Healthcare’s automated reporting and post-processing system, and Vscan Extend, a handheld ultrasound device to be used for cardiology. The new equipment provides St. Luke’s with technology that will produce faster and better image quality, enabling quicker diagnoses and treatment. Implementing Viewpoint 6 will create an expected savings of $300,000 annually in radiologist efficiency gains.
“The consistency of ultrasound systems across the Network will allow accurate replication of patient studies, which would otherwise be challenging when working with different brands,” said Dr. Hal L. Folander, senior vice president, chief medical strategy officer, and network chairman, Department of Radiology at St. Luke’s.
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St. Luke’s is experiencing exponential growth following expansion and several acquisitions over the last few years, according to a statement, which has resulted in complexities and pressure on the system. The deal with GE is intended to standardize care and create efficiencies, bringing advanced and consistent technology to its ultrasound users in the Vascular, Radiology and Echocardiography departments across its 12 hospitals.
According to the deal, GE Healthcare will install 76 ultrasound systems at St. Lukes in 2020.