As technology develops in healthcare and new innovations are gaining ground, how can we know about future megatrends? The best way to keep track of silent signs is in technologies that are developing the fastest. What are these and what future vision can they create?
I happened to read the GE Healthcare press release of the end of 2015 from the world’s largest medical equipment manufacturer. www3.gehealthcare.com/~/media/rsna-2015-press-kit-as…
GE Healthcare CEO John Flannery expects the amount of data generated by medical devices to grow fifty times by 2020. It is a huge addition to the amount of data and also causes problems with blocked nodes in hospitals. What is this data then? It is video and especially video data. On the consumer side, Netflix and Youtube-type cloud-based video services have exponentially increased the amount of mobile data online and the growth continues. The same is also the case in hospitals. Namely, GE intends to connect 500,000 imaging equipment to the cloud, open the cloud to third parties and provide development tools. And what GE does first, the others will surely follow suit as it can save $ 30 billion annually.
From what type of data exactly does the cloud services consist of? It is a variety of different patient systems, data output from robotics, 3D-images produced by medical devices, and models of information produced by devices, but above all, high quality video. One must be able to use it in such a way that the processed data remains as high-quality and real-time as possible. I can say that surgeons and X-ray doctors look at the utmost high-quality picture and video material in hospitals. 3G-SDI, 12G-SDI and 4K. For example, older technology still in use with 3G-SDI is with nearly 3 Gbit/s speeds in image transfer and the future standard 12G-SDI already offers a 24 Gbit/s speed. They are way too high speeds on the grid.
The issue in the hospital world is the image and signal quality. The more you see, the better you can analyze, treat and cure the patient. The patient is cramped full of very small details, for example blood vessels and their different colors. Small color differences in tissues reveal inflammation, cancer cells, etc. The image quality does not have an upper limit; the better the quality, the better a treatment outcome can be achieved. When a material is stored, it can be used by other professionals. For more information on the quality of the image and how to use it, see the document found here: http://biz.einfochips.com/4ktechnologyinmedicalimaging
What about this in combination with telemedicine? The market will grow to $ 34 billion by 2020. Telemedicine brings significant cost savings, for example: https://www.avedonmedical.com/fi/kuvansiirtoratkaisut/
How do we know that this is all true? Dicom (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is a standard for processing, saving, printing and sending video and video material. It allows integration between medical image and video devices such as scanners, servers, workstations, network devices and PACS systems. Dicom already supports the HEVC main 10 video encoding and decoding technology. So, it is already preparing to support video recording and fast forwarding. From the link below more of what HEVC Main 10 is and what it requires http://leavcom.com/2….
Writen by Juha Alasaari, 10.3.2017