GE Healthcare Acquires Agility Healthcare Solutions, Broadening Capabilities to Help Hospitals Improve Their Performance
GE's Offering Will Provide Hospitals With Informatics-driven Solutions for Resource & Patient Care Management
Waukesha, WI, September 30, 2008 – GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), announced today that it has acquired the privately held Agility Healthcare Solutions of Glen Allen, Virginia. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Agility Healthcare Solutions provides unique and innovative products that transform hospital workflow and patient care management. Agility's AgileTrac™ technology provides the most comprehensive enterprise resource management, asset tracking, and clinical workflow solution in the healthcare industry. Agility will become part of GE Healthcare's global Diagnostic Imaging Services business, a world-class provider of solutions enabling healthcare providers to achieve real performance results through a combination of consulting and asset management offerings. The strategic fit between the two businesses, combined with the ability to optimize productivity and enhance service levels, will offer substantial benefits to patients and providers.
Agility offers the only technology platform that provides enterprise visibility and management of patient flow, assets, beds and rooms, staff, emergency department activities, surgical services processes, and other hospital resources and workflow in an integrated, modular application. The company's turnkey technology offerings utilize Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) for automated data capture and display.
"Any hospital administrator knows about the daily headaches caused by the logistical coordination of providing patient care. For each and every patient interaction, patient, clinician, staff, space, assets & supplies must come together at the same time. Agility's visualization system is the one tool we've found that lets us visualize these interactions to predict and prevent bottlenecks before they occur," said Jeffrey Burke, Vice President and Regional Chief Information Officer, Bon Secours Health System.
"Agility was one of the first companies to utilize RTLS to deliver workflow and resource management solutions to the healthcare industry," said Rob Reilly, general manager, GE Healthcare Services. "By leveraging the AgileTrac solution and its integration with other hospital systems, GE Healthcare will be able to expand our capability to help hospitals proactively manage the unique needs of diverse patient populations."
This acquisition will enable GE Healthcare to expand upon its industry-leading offerings to help customers grow through patient-focused service delivery and asset optimization solutions. Additionally, the combination of GE's patient flow and hospital optimization capabilities with Agility's cutting-edge visual management technology will enable hospitals to reduce the operational burden on clinicians so they can spend more time at the patient's bedside.
"Our business started with a vision of improving the quality of healthcare delivery by coordinating and managing all elements of patient care, and this is a tremendous opportunity for us to further advance that goal," said Fran Dirksmeier, CEO, Agility Healthcare Solutions. "By joining GE Healthcare, we can reach more providers and provide more complete solutions."
About Agility Healthcare Solutions
Agility Healthcare Solutions is one of the first companies to deliver RTLS-enabled workflow and resource management solutions to the healthcare industry. Agility offers truly unique technology and services that transform hospital patient care management and operational workflow. Agility's AgileTrac technology provides the most comprehensive enterprise resource management, asset tracking, and workflow solution in the healthcare industry.
ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, performance improvement, drug discovery, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies is helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways to predict, diagnose, inform, treat, and monitor disease, so patients can live their lives to the fullest.
GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enable a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection, and disease prevention. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: 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 Web site at www.gehealthcare.com.