GE Healthcare and Medtronic have announced a new collaboration to focus on care at Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) and Office Based Labs (OBLs). Under this new collaboration, customers will have access to product portfolios, financial solutions and service.
The companies said the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the movement of procedures into the outpatient environment while also driving disease rates higher, resulting in procedure growth in facilities outside traditional hospitals. Also, since CMS approved payments for certain cardiovascular procedures in 2020, fixed c-arm imaging systems have been used more and more frequently in ASCs and OBLs for cardiac and peripheral vascular procedures.
For GE Healthcare, the services covered in the collaboration include consultative planning, construction, a suite of equipment (including imaging, monitoring, and ultrasound), and service and digital solutions, including the Edison-powered AutoRight A.I.-based interventional imaging chain, which can help clinicians provide the right image at the right dose automatically for each patient. For Medtronic, it means providing a portfolio of products for a range of service lines in the ASC and OBL, from cardiac rhythm to pain management, peripheral vascular to kyphoplasty. In addition to products, Medtronic will continue to offer service from their field experts as well as reimbursement support, remote solutions, and more.
“GE Healthcare Interventional Imaging solutions are built to help our customers deliver care at a higher level for patients. With a predicted increase in outpatient cardiology and peripheral vascular procedures over the coming years, industry leaders like GE Healthcare need to understand and meet the unique needs of ASCs and OBLs,” said Jim Rapp, Vice President of Interventional Imaging at GE Healthcare. “Our collaboration with Medtronic is one aspect of our efforts to strengthen efficiency, workflow, and clinical outcomes for ASCs and OBLs who work with GE Healthcare.”
“As our customers open centers outside of the hospital, they are looking for support beyond the devices used in medical procedures,” said Adam King, Senior Director of U.S. Enterprise Accounts and Ambulatory Surgery Centers at Medtronic. “From products and devices to equipment and services, we provide a full range of technologies and solutions. Our collaboration with GE Healthcare was formed to better serve the growth of our ASC and OBL customers with extensive technologies and dedicated teams who have expertise in outpatient services and can address all aspects of this evolving sector.”