Besides resulting in better medical care, the digitalization is aimed at supporting local medical startups that can one day go international.

In a continual effort to boost its repute for clinical applications of medical equipment, a university hospital in Seoul has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a digital health platform that offers a catalog of healthcare-specific services for application rapid design, development and deployment.

Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) will also be using the platform to support the development of AI algorithms. The digital hospital anticipates that this venture could rapidly and easily expand its AI offerings across the enterprise. It plans to become a global example of how to effectively and efficiently develop and deploy AI models.

In addition to improving the hospital’s standard of medical care, the project would boost the research and development of medical AI by startups in the country. The provision of advice and coaching support such medical firms can not only help them thrive in Korea, but to also enter the global market successfully.

Its President & CEO, Nam Jong Paik, said the collaboration “will help us accelerate digitalization in patient care and contribute to improvements in South Korea’s public health by boosting disruptive start-ups that deliver the best solutions for quality and affordable healthcare to customers faster. Start-ups can innovate in a safe and secure clinical environment and receive clinical and business mentoring on their applications.”

The collaboration with the Edison Digital Health Platform, as well as additional services, is from GE Healthcare. The latter firm specializes in global medical technology, pharmaceutical diagnostics, and digital solutions to support clinicians’ work in making faster, more informed decisions through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications and related services.

Elie Chaillot, President & CEO of GE Healthcare’s Intercontinental region, noted that “(The pandemic tested the resilience of healthcare systems around the world, but also accelerated opportunities to transform healthcare. Open innovation to crowdsource ideas and co-create solutions is the secret recipe of this transformation.”