Doctors have been dealing with data ever since they started jotting down our blood pressure, taking our temperature, and eyeing our X-rays. But this data was “dark,” living inside filing cabinets, doctors’ heads, and, later, their computers.
But the Industrial Internet, an intelligent network connecting doctors to patients and machines, has the potential to break these silos and turn the dark data into a brilliant stream of bits that make doctors as well as patients go smarter about their jobs and choices, saving billions along the way. According to a recent report, the global healthcare industry wastes as much as $730 billion per year. The Industrial Internet could improve health care efficiency and deliver $100 billion in annual savings.
GE’s got the message. The company’s AgileTrac technology, Centricity offerings and other systems and software are already helping hospitals handle patient data, track admissions, discharges and equipment, and manage everything from beds to hand-washing to help combat hospital-acquired infections.
“Today data exists in a lot of fragmented places, including inside our equipment and in our electronic medical records,” says Evren Eryurek, chief technology officer at GE Healthcare IT, and GE Healthcare’s software leader. “Can you imagine if all of the data was connected and funneled through the Industrial Internet to a platform that helps doctors make more informed decisions?”
Our video shows what a version of that future might look like.