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West Wireless Health Institute and GE Healthcare to Collaborate on Technology and Educational Initiatives
Date:5/12/2010

Joint Programs to Help Advance Emerging Wireless Health Industry

SAN DIEGO, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI) today announced a collaboration with GE Healthcare, a global leader in health care technology, on a variety of research, technology and educational initiatives focused on accelerating wireless health solutions. GE Healthcare has demonstrated innovative leadership in the emerging wireless health industry. WWHI is forging technology and educational partnerships with like-minded stakeholders around the world to drive innovation and advance the emerging field of wireless health, with the goal of improving health care outcomes while reducing costs.  

WWHI, founded in March 2009 with a $45 million gift from the Gary and Mary West Foundation, is the first nonprofit medical research organization dedicated to cutting the cost of health care by innovating, validating, advocating for and investing in the use of wireless technologies to transform medicine. The Institute's Technology and Educational partnerships are based on the mutual exchange of ideas, technical assistance and expertise, and do not include any exchange of funds.

"GE Healthcare is committed to being at the forefront of health care innovation by providing our customers and consumers around the world with products that enable the highest quality care," said Omar Ishrak, President and CEO, GE Healthcare Systems. "Wireless health is quickly becoming a critical force supporting lower health care costs, improved patient access and better care. The West Wireless Health Institute is providing vital leadership in this rapidly growing field, and we look forward to working closely on projects that will enable the market to thrive."

"We are thrilled to work closely with GE Healthcare and recognize the tremendous impact they have on global health care," said Don Casey, CEO, West Wireless Health Institute. "GE Healthcare has a unique perspective to add to the dialogue around wireless health and emerging technologies. Through our joint efforts we will continue to drive truly innovative thinking, research and development that helps bend the cost curve of chronic disease."

For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our "healthymagination" vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $16 billion unit of General Electric Company ( GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com

ABOUT THE WEST WIRELESS HEALTH INSTITUTE

The West Wireless Health Institute (www.westwirelesshealth.org) is one of the first medical research organizations in the world supporting the exploration and application of wireless technologies to advance infrastructure independent health care.  Based in San Diego, California, the nonprofit Institute is fostering an unprecedented convergence of science, medicine, engineering and technology.  Its primary mission is to cut health care costs by accelerating the availability of wireless medical technology.


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