GE Healthcare and Wayra UK open AI for healthcare accelerator programme

GE Healthcare and Wayra UK have partnered to launch The Edison Accelerator Programme, to support six startups with development, adoption and integration of AI technologies.
The programme is to focus on applying AI to medical imaging, operational AI in oncology and the use of AI to improve the patient experience.
Applications will be accepted in January, with the programme to start in early 2021. The UK initiative follows two successful accelerator programmes held recently in China and India.
The start-ups joining the programme will be supported with compliant design, development and deployment of various applications and the company said ‘will ultimately give the start-ups access to GE Healthcare’s clients’.
The company also noted “Applications from start-ups leveraging technologies like big data and advanced analytics, AI and machine learning, image and time series processing and edge computing will have an advantage in their application.”
Catherine Estrampes, President & CEO Europe, Middle East & Africa, GE Healthcare, said: “The healthcare industry produces substantial amounts of data, and it is extremely difficult to bring this data together, convert it into meaningful insights and bring those insights to the point of care. The opportunities for healthcare with a truly intelligent connected digital enterprise are significant, but no one organisation can get there alone.”
“The future of innovation will be about working across silos and collaborating across the healthcare ecosystem, including start-ups, research centres, hospitals and clinicians. The Edison Accelerator brings together leading technology providers, developers and academic institutions under a single, connected ecosystem to create real impact from the bottom line to better patient outcomes.”
Bruno Moraes, Country Manager, Wayra UK commented: “One of the differentiators of this programme is the strong connection with the industry and real clients through its entire duration. It is a great opportunity for the best scale-ups in Europe to further develop and expand their solutions and we are looking forward to welcoming and working with them.”

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