GE Healthcare Focus and History
GE Healthcare has a range of products and services and consists of eight key businesses:
- Detection and Guidance Solutions (DGS) - X-ray, bone densitometry and digital mammography.
- Healthcare IT - RIS/PACS (Radiology Information Systems/Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) and CVIS (Cardiovascular Information Systems), as well as revenue cycle management and practice applications.
- Life Care Solutions (LCS) - headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Provides solutions for critical care, ECG, anesthesia delivery, neonatal intensive care, labor & delivery, preoperative and home care.
- Life Sciences (LS) - drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing and cellular technologies. purification of biopharmaceuticals.researches, manufactures and markets imaging agents used during medical scanning procedures to highlight organs, tissue and functions inside the human body.
- Magnetic Resonance (MR) - Provider of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging systems.
- Molecular Imaging & Computed Tomography (MICT) - computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET) and molecular imaging technologies.
- Surgery - cardiac, surgical and interventional care, from cardiac catheterization labs, diagnostic monitoring systems, data management systems to mobile fluoroscopic imaging systems, navigation and 3D visualization instrumentation.
- Ultrasound (US) - Ultrasound products for general imaging, cardiology, women's health.
Historical Highlights of the Life Care Solutions and Surgery Divisions
- In 1998 Marquette Medical Systems became a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Medical. Marquette's line of EKG and Monitoring systems becomes a well known GE Brand.
- In 2003, GE Healthcare acquired Instrumentarium (including its Datex-Ohmeda division), a provider of anesthesia machines and mechanical ventilators. To satisfy regulatory concerns GE was forced to divest the Spacelabs Medical division of Instrumentarium. Currently, GE Healthcare owns 80% of all anesthesia machines in the United States and 60% of the machines in the world.
- In 2008 GE Co. acquires Vital Signs Inc. a supplier of anesthesia and airway supplies.
- In late 2013 GE sells Vital Signs division to Carefusion.