St. Luke’s University Health Network has collaborated with GE Healthcare to acquire and deploy advanced ultrasound technologies.
Through an $11 million investment, 76 ultrasound systems powered by artificial intelligence have been installed at every St. Luke’s hospital campus and dozens of St. Luke’s outpatient sites, standardizing care and increasing efficiencies in radiology, cardiology and vascular services. The installation was completed at the end of 2020.
“Recognizing that consistency is an essential element of quality, St. Luke’s has standardized technology to offer patients the same quality of care regardless of which facility they visit,” said Dr. Hal L. Folander, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Strategy Officer, and Network Chairman, Department of Radiology at St. Luke’s.
“This consistency of ultrasound systems across our Network allows accurate replication of patient studies that otherwise would be challenging when working with different brands and vintages of equipment.”
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GE Healthcare said St. Luke’s ultrasound order is its largest-ever U.S. ultrasound order.
The new equipment’s artificial intelligence platforms expedite diagnoses, ensuring better outcomes for patients. St. Luke’s upgrade agreement with GE Healthcare includes an “evergreen clause,” which means GE will upgrade the software that runs the machines at no additional cost to the Network.
Laurie Sebastiano, MD, Section Chief for Ultrasound for St. Luke’s, said the upgrade agreement is important because as a leader in healthcare, GE is continually working on and developing new programs to enhance the quality and value of the images from its machines.
St. Luke’s continues to be a regional leader in advanced medical technologies and innovations thanks in part to its three-decade relationship with GE Healthcare.
“GE Healthcare is honored to work alongside St. Luke’s in its mission to provide consistent, quality patient care and clinical outcomes for the people of Pennsylvania and New Jersey at every site,” said Everett Cunningham, President and CEO of GE Healthcare, U.S. and Canada. “St. Luke’s will immediately enhance their staff and patient experience and enable cost savings.”