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Nvidia, GE Healthcare, Nuance to help AI-based medtech startups innovate

Nvidia, GE Healthcare, Nuance to help AI-based medtech startups innovate
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1 Dec, 2020

Santa Clara, California-based global chipmaker Nvidia has partnered with GE Healthcare and medtech startup Nuance to help medical artificial intelligence (AI) startups innovate and accelerate their solutions. 

Nvidia already runs an accelerator programme, dubbed Nvidia Inception, which has helped more than 6,500 startups in the fields of AI and data sciences across 90 countries. Premier members of Nvidia Inception can now join GE Healthcare’s accelerator programme, dubbed Edison Developer Program, to help independent software vendors and builders deploy advanced healthcare applications and integrate products, a statement said. 

With the integration of Nvidia Inception and the Edison platform,  startups can access GE Healthcare’s global network of mobile diagnostics and monitoring units across 160 countries, the statement said. 

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“Bringing together the capabilities from industry partners creates a fast-track to accelerate innovation in a connected ecosystem that will help improve the quality of care, lower healthcare costs and deliver better outcomes for patients,” Karley Yoder, vice president and general manager of AI at GE Healthcare, said. 

Additionally, Nvidia premier members, whose solutions have FDA clearance, can join Nuance’s AI marketplace for diagnostic imaging. The marketplace brings AI into the radiology workflow by connecting developers directly with radiology subscribers. The Burlington-based healthcare company’s platform will provide AI developers with a single API to connect AI solutions to radiologists across 8,000 healthcare facilities globally through their network. 

“The AI models help radiologists focus their time and expertise on the right case at the right time, alleviate many repetitive, mundane tasks and ultimately, improve patient care,” Karen Holzberger, senior vice president and general manager of the diagnostic division at Nuance, said.

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Through Nvidia Inception, startups will have the opportunity to train with the Nvidia Deep Learning Institute, as well as access an ecosystem of distributors and other players. Nvidia added that members will be trained to develop and deploy Nvidia GPU-accelerated apps into medical imaging solutions. 

“Select startup members will have direct access to engage joint customers, in addition to marketing promotion of their results,” the statement said.