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GE Digital Achieves AWS Industrial Software Competency Status and Adds New AWS Marketplace Offerings in Operational Intelligence and MES

September 13, 2022
  • Designation recognizes GE Digital’s expertise in innovating and empowering industrial organizations with software that can transform their operations
  • Industry-leading Proficy Historian for Cloud now available in AWS Marketplace; Proficy Smart Factory Cloud MES and Proficy Operations Hub coming soon

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GE Digital Achieves AWS Energy Competency Status

June 06, 2022
  • Designation recognizes GE Digital’s expertise in providing Asset Performance Management software solutions designed to help the energy industry prepare for a lower carbon future
  • APM software is designed to help accelerate the energy transition with flexible, reliable, and affordable energy that supports a greater mix of renewables

 

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Healthcare

Glimpse Of The Future: COVID Sped Up Telehealth's Revolution. GE, With AWS' Support, Seeks To Add Momentum

Peter C. Beller
September 07, 2021

A new collaboration is the latest sign that healthcare centers may no longer be constrained by their physical walls. 

One of the fastest transitions in healthcare history occurred with little fanfare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Radiologists who interpret images of the human body started working from home in droves when patients began getting scanned away from major hospitals, which were overwhelmed with caring for those stricken by the coronavirus.

This led to some quick — and radical — upgrades. For instance, one Texas radiology business serving dozens of hospitals had limited telehealth infrastructure in place, essentially just enough to cover overnight work while the rest of its 140 radiologists slept. With lockdowns imminent, they rushed to purchase computers, security software, and other equipment to enable more widespread work from home. By the end of April 2020, half of the company’s image readings were being done remotely.1

Now a new collaboration between GE Healthcare and Amazon Web Services (AWS) wants to help make similar transitions even more common.

 

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The collaboration, which places GE Healthcare’s advanced imaging software and Edison Health Services platform on AWS, could change how care is delivered. The collaboration enables healthcare providers to move from the traditional health center-based model to a distributed, virtual one.2 The clinical data the system gathers can power apps and software analytics and lead to new insights.

Medical imaging is a good example. Scanning a patient is a complex task tailored to the patient and their condition. As a result, hospitals want to be able to interact directly with a remote imaging machine and its technician to guide the process. Placing GE Healthcare’s suite of imaging applications in the cloud, including algorithms that help interpret CT, X-ray and MRI scans,[3] could mean that the physical location of the scan will matter less and having the right process and the right clinician managing the care will become the focus. Radiologists in cities as well as rural hospitals, for example, could use the technology to send scans to specialists in given conditions or diseases.

Artificial intelligence is another area where the collaboration between GE Healthcare and AWS could speed up innovation and help clinicians improve care. For example, software developers, data scientists, healthcare practitioners and others could use the offerings provided by GE that run on AWS to create new apps that help improve radiologists’ efficiency and accuracy in interpreting patient scans. Having GE Healthcare’s Edison platform[4] run on AWS can help make it easier to bring new applications to doctors and patients. “As the world moves towards a more virtualized and distributed care delivery model with home care, remote patient management, and the increased use of AI to support radiologists and other clinicians, we are working to make healthcare more efficient and personalized,” said Amit Phadnis, chief digital officer at GE Healthcare.

There are other benefits. For doctors at Neuro Imaging Winter Park in Winter Park, Florida, for example, the thought of moving GE medical imaging software to AWS means spending less time maintaining software. “If you don’t have a big IT team that's dedicated to constantly making sure everything’s up to date, and the latest protocols are being followed, then you’re at risk,” says Richard Duemmling, chief of business operations at Neuro Imaging Winter Park.

 

[1] Teleradiology Soars During COVID-19 Pandemic. Radiological Society of North America. Apr. 30, 2020.

[2] Post Call: How a pandemic transformed healthcare for the future. GE Healthcare. June 2021.

[3] Anywhere internet is available.

[4]  Edison True PACS is a solution made up of Universal Viewer, Enterprise Archive, Centricity Universal Viewer Zero Footprint Client and third-party AI applications via Edison Open AI Orchestrator. The Edison True PACS Solution on cloud, is currently only available in the U.S.

 

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Renewables

Amazon Turns To Wind To Power Its Business

Dorothy Pomerantz
October 19, 2017
Amazon may be the largest online retailer in the world, but the company is focused on having a positive impact on the ground as well. With an ever-expanding global network of fulfillment and data centers, Amazon has a growing demand for energy. Amazon also has an equal appetite for and commitment to renewable energy. In fact, Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud computing business, has a long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint.
Amazon has become a big player in the renewable energy industry. Last fall, the company announced plans for its largest wind farm yet in a blustery corner of west Texas. Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, christened the farm today.

Built by Lincoln Clean Energy, the Amazon Wind Farm Texas includes a fleet of GE wind turbines. The farm will have the capacity to generate approximately 1 million megawatt-hours of electricity annually — enough to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes. Some 90 percent of the output energy will be sold to Amazon’s fulfillment arm.

Scott Stalica, manager for commercial operations in the Americas at GE Renewable Energy points out that wind is not only good for the climate but also for the wallet. The cost of wind power is about one-third of what it was six years ago. “Wind is very competitive versus alternative forms of generation,” Stalica says.

 width= Top GIF:Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos christened the company's new wind farm today. Image credit: Amazon. Above: Amazon today announced that its largest wind farm yet—Amazon Wind Farm Texas—is now up and running, adding more than 1,000,000 MWh of clean energy to the grid each year. Amazon has launched 18 wind and solar projects across the U.S., with over 35 more to come. Together, these projects will generate enough clean energy to power over 330,000 homes annually. These projects also support hundreds of jobs and provide tens of millions of dollars of investment in local communities across the country. Photographed Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Snyder, Texas. Image and caption credits: Jordan Stead/Amazon

Data published by the Energy Information Administration shows that the cost of onshore wind energy — without federal tax and other financial incentives — is projected to reach $73.60 per megawatt-hour by 2020 and dropping as turbine technologies improve. That’s slightly cheaper than conventional coal, which costs about $75.20 per megawatt-hour.

The opportunity for corporations to leverage the cost-competitive nature of renewable energy is growing. In 2015, AWS announced the construction of Amazon Solar Farm US East, Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, Amazon Wind Farm US Central and Amazon Wind Farm US East. In 2016, it announced five additional solar farms and one more wind farm, bringing the total number of such AWS projects to 10. With the addition of Amazon Wind Farm Texas, Amazon is poised to generate almost 3.6 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy by year-end 2017.

Scurry County, Texas, was selected as the site for the Amazon Wind Farm Texas because of its plentiful wind and affordable production and transmission costs. “It makes good sense to build these large wind farms where the wind resource is strong and the local residents welcome the economic boost from such projects,” says Paul Parkes, senior account manager in Wind Energy at GE, “you need a really good wind resource, and it’s got to be close to transmission lines to integrate and connect to the grid.  This project is a model for connecting those dots and deriving the optimum energy solution for Amazon.”

 
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