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RSNA Kicks Off in Chicago With New Imaging and AI Announcements



The 107th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America started on Sunday, a post-Thanksgiving tradition at Chicago’s sprawling McCormick Place.

More than 19,000 attendees – with another 4,000 participants joining virtually – will spend the week exploring the newest advancements in radiology and imaging informatics, with more than 2,000 education sessions and showcases from some 500 exhibitors.

Here’s a list of just a few early announcements from the show floor. It will be updated through the week.

Philips is touting new additions to its computed tomography suite – notably its new CT 5100 – Incisive, whose CT Smart Workflow offers artificial intelligence-enabled capabilities to speed workflows, enhance diagnostics and maximize equipment up-time.

“By automating many of the process-related obstacles to CT imaging performance, we aim to clear the way for precision in dose, speed, and image quality that will help imaging departments to meet their financial, clinical, and operational goals,” said Frans Venker, Philips’ general manager of computed tomography, in a statement.

Philips will also be showcasing other AI-powered tools, such as the recent MR 5300 1.5T system and the new MR 7700 3.0T system, which can automate time-consuming tasks for radiologists and technicians, and are designed to offer “operator consistency, and diagnostic confidence at the point of image acquisition.”

Samsung will have an array of diagnostic imaging technology on display in Chicago – ultrasound, digital radiography and mobile CT and more.

“We have worked to advance our solutions by leveraging high computing power and artificial intelligence technologies,” said David Legg, Samsung’s VP of Digital Radiography and Ultrasound, in a statement.

“We will be deploying AI features in each of our products to provide benefits to healthcare professionals and patients alike.”

Among its new innovations, the company will showcase its new V8 – a high-end ultrasound system offering enhanced image quality, usability and convenience using its Crystal Architecture technology – enabling advanced image clarity and penetration.

Two new AI functions are NerveTrack, which detects nerves and provides nerve location information in real time to anesthesiologists and expert practitioners, and UterineAssist, which detects tissue changes and assists the user in taking measurements of the uterus.

Samsung’s Hera W9 and W10 have recently received FDA 510(K) clearance for several AI functions, such as HeartAssist, a deep learning-based function that provides classification of ultrasound images to display measurements, and BiometryAssist, an automatic solution for biometric measurement that can be modified by the user.

At RSNA, Samsung will also be showcasing new digital radiology and CT advancements, such as its premium digital mobile X-ray, the AccE GM85 and the mobile CT Scanner OmniTom Elite, respectively.

NVIDIA on Monday announced the open-sourcing of its NVIDIA FLARE, a software development kit that helps distributed parties collaborate to develop more generalizable AI models.

Officials say the goal is make it easier for researchers to harness federated learning – a privacy-preserving technique that’s useful when data is “sparse, confidential or lacks diversity.” The approach can also help with large datasets, which could be biased by a particular organization’s data-gathering methods, or its patient demographics.

FLARE – which stands for Federated Learning Application Runtime Environment – has been used for AI applications in medical imaging, genetic analysis, oncology and COVID-19 research. NVIDIA says making open source will enable researchers and platform developers more efficiently build AI technologies and customize their federated learning tools.

GE Healthcare has unveiled some five-dozen new technologies at RSNA – including patient screening, diagnostics, therapy planning, guidance and monitoring.

With health systems managing high volumes of COVID-19 patients, combined with the challenges of backlogged nonurgent care, clinician burnout and workforce shortages, GE says its tools and imaging devices can help empower providers with AI and analytics, boost efficiency and productivity and expand access to care.

Among just some of the 60 or so new products being showcased in Chicago: SIGNA Hero, a 3.0T MRI system with new workflows and AIR Recon DL enhancements; Revolution Apex platform, which offers low dose scanning for routine and challenging cases in many care areas; AMX Navigate, GE’s newest portable X-ray technology, featuring Zero Click Exam workflow to decrease X-ray technologist strain; Critical Care Suite 2.0, which offers a collection of AI algorithms embedded on a mobile X-ray device for case prioritization, automated measurements and quality control; and Vscan Air, a wireless and pocket-sized ultrasound device designed to give clinicians quicker insights at the point of care.

This week Fujifilm is unveiling its new Velocity MRI System – a high-field open MRI system, designed to streamline workflow and enhance the patient experience with its integrated radiofrequency coils and reconstruction technologies.

Its anatomy-conformable Synergy Flex coil is billed the first of its kind for an open, vertical field MRI scanner, according to the company, and its open gantry offers a more a spacious feeling for claustrophobic, bariatric, geriatric and pediatric patients.

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Singapore’s Public Health System Rolling Out the Clinician’s ZEDOC Platform



Singapore’s health tech agency Integrated Health Information Systems has partnered with Auckland-headquartered digital health firm The Clinician to deploy a patient-reported outcome and experience measures platform across the island state’s public healthcare system.


The Clinician’s ZEDOC platform, the company describes, assists healthcare providers in managing patient-generated health data outside the hospital through digitisation. Integrated with HIS, the system supports timely exchange of health data and information between providers and patients, including subjective PROMs and PREMs, objective wearable device data, and other communication or educational materials. By streamlining the digital collection of critical health data, ZEDOC is able to render real-time, actionable information crucial for improving health outcomes and experiences.

The partners are working on multiple ZEDOC integrations with existing health information systems (HIS). A privacy-preserving hybrid infrastructure has been implemented which ensures that all personally identifiable information stays within the IHiS’s private health cloud while all anonymised health data are collected through a secure commercial cloud platform.


Singapore intends to measure and improve health outcomes and patient experience with the rollout of The Clinician’s ZEDOC platform. Their partnership will “bolster patient engagement and enable clinicians to more effectively assess patients’ health status before, during and after receiving a health service – closing the loop when they are outside the hospital,” said The Clinician CEO Dr Ron Tenenbaum. It will also allow providers to deliver “more holistic and personalised care for patients by taking into account their perspectives for the first time,” he added.

To demonstrate the benefit of routine collection and analysis of PROMs, The Clinician shared that this has resulted in over 50% reduction in 90-day complications for hip and knee surgery patients in one study and a five-month improvement in the survival of cancer patients in another.

Among benefits for care providers, the ZEDOC integration will replace existing paper-based forms with an integrated digital platform that automates data capture, as well as benchmark outcomes across providers to reduce variability and waste. For patients, they can become more involved in the treatment decision-making and be informed early of health risks and warning signs.


Last month, Cabrini Health and The Alfred, two of the largest healthcare providers in the Australian state of Victoria, deployed the ZEDOC platform to automate the collection and analysis of health data from colorectal cancer patients. The installation is said to adhere to the colorectal cancer standards outlined by the International Consortium of Health Outcomes Measurement.

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EU Analysis Highlights Digital Health Lessons From COVID-19



An EU analysis has outlined the effect of COVID-19 on healthcare systems in Europe and the role of digital innovation in building their resilience.

Experts from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Observatory have published a set of 29 country health profiles, covering all EU member states, as well as Iceland and Norway. A companion report also highlights a selection of cross-country trends.

Speaking at a virtual launch event on Monday (13 December), Josep Figueras, director, European Observatory, highlighted two main lessons learnt from the use of technology in the pandemic.

Using telemedicine as an example of digital health innovation, he said the number of teleconsultations had increased in all EU countries during 2020. However in some countries, such as France, teleconsultations had decreased when lockdowns ended.

“The key issue here is how we harness and sustain innovation – how we make sure that these improvements in the use of telemedicine (as an illustration of the use of other digital technologies) can be maintained and sustained to increase the effectiveness of the health system,” Figueras said.

He also highlighted that the technology for telemedicine and other innovations was already available in many European countries before the pandemic but was not being used.

Figueras asked: “What did we do within the pandemic that literally within a couple of weeks, we got all this telemedicine in place?”

To sustain the use of telemedicine and other health technologies, he said it was important to look at the regulatory measures, financial incentives, training and changes in culture needed.

“Something the pandemic has taught us loudly and clearly is the importance of digital innovation – not only the new technologies, but the ability to implement them,” Figueras added.


The State of Health in the EU cycle is a two-year process initiated by the European Commission in 2016, designed to improve country-specific and EU-wide knowledge in healthcare.

It aims to gather data and in-depth analyses on health systems and make the information accessible to policy makers and stakeholders.


During the pandemic, digital tools have been used in the EU to boost public health measures such as the implementation of the EU Digital COVID Certificate, vaccination booking systems, and cross-border interoperability for contact-tracing apps.

There has also been investment in EU-wide COVID recovery initiatives such as the EU4Health programme.


Maya Matthews, head of unit performance, European Commission said: “COVID-19 illuminated the fact that in many European countries we do not have a strong public health system. We cannot do testing and tracing. Even surveillance is done sometimes in a very fragmented fashion.

“I think if one thing comes out of COVID-19, it’s to say that public health matters – that public health is a very important part of health systems and has not really received the attention it deserves.”

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Clinical Messaging Platform Hospify to Close, Bupa Arabia Invests in Global Ventures, and More News Briefs



Clinical messaging platform Hospify to close

British healthtech startup Hospify has announced it will close its secure clinical messaging platform on 31 January 2021.

Hospify said it suffered a decline in demand after the government suspended the UK 2018 Data Protection Act in relation to healthcare last year for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also cited difficulties caused by “post-Brexit uncertainties surrounding the future of the UK’s data adequacy agreement with the EU”.

A statement from the Hospify team says: “It’s a sad end to a wonderful vision, a vision of universal health care communication that was both free of data exploitation and free at the point of use.”

Insurance giant Bupa Arabia invests in Global Ventures

UAE-based international venture capital firm Global Ventures has announced new investment from Bupa Arabia, the leading health insurance company in the region.

Bupa Arabia’s participation in Global Ventures Fund II as strategic partner aims to foster the healthcare ecosystem in the region and particularly in Saudi Arabia.

The investment is part of the Bupa Arabia’s strategy to participate and invest in disruptive healthcare and insurance technologies, amongst other targeted growth sectors.

Noor Sweid, Global Ventures founder and general partner, said: “Bupa Arabia shares our outlook and ambition on the digital health sector, and its potential for technology and innovation to deliver long-term economic benefits particularly in emerging markets.”

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital achieves EMRAM Stage 6

Specialist NHS trust Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (LHCH) has been awarded Stage 6 of the EMRAM, or Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, by HIMSS.

The EMRAM measures the adoption and maturity of a health facility’s inpatient EMR capabilities from 0 to 7. Achieving Stage 6 means the trust has established clear goals for improving safety, minimising errors, and recognising the importance of healthcare IT.

Kate Warriner, chief digital and information officer said: “Digital excellence must be the cornerstone if we are to continually improve the care that we provide for our patients in the years ahead. Therefore, whilst we are rightly proud of this achievement, we have ambitions for further pioneering innovation and advancing our use of technology to become a Stage 7 hospital.”

More than $110m raised by Sheba’s ARC Innovation Center

Israel’s Sheba Medical Center has announced that six companies from its Accelerate Redesign Collaborate (ARC) Innovation Center raised more than $110 million (EUR97.2m) in 2021.

ARC brings new technologies into the hospital and community ecosystem focusing on digital health technologies including precision medicine, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), predictive analytics, telemedicine and mobile health.

Sheba MedTech startups receiving investments this year included: Aidoc, BELKIN Laser, Starget Pharma Append Medical, Innovalve Bio Medical and TechsoMed.

Professor Eyal Zimlichman, ARC director and founder, said: “The ARC Innovation Center has been focusing on ground-breaking, innovative technologies with a prime directive to redesign healthcare.”

Konica Minolta named as part of NHS Digital Documents Solutions framework

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd has been named as one of 46 suppliers on the new ?5 billion Digital Documents Solutions framework.

The firm will provide solutions across five key areas: internal print, external print, digital mail room, scanning and electronic document management solutions.

Jason Barnes, head of public sector, Konica Minolta, said: “Having been chosen through a competitive tender process, we are especially pleased to be newly appointed to the LPP framework, which deepens and furthers our reach into the NHS health sector.”

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