GE HealthCare announced the U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance of IONIC Health?s nCommand Lite technology. The vendor-agnostic, multi-modality nCommand Lite system will be distributed exclusively by GE HealthCare and will provide remote patient scanning support, remote access for viewing/review of images, as well as the ability to connect to remote experts who can provide real-time guidance to the licensed technologist operating the scanner. Off-site experts can use these features to aid in training, procedure assessment and scanning parameter management.

IONIC Health?s nCommand Lite includes multi-modality capabilities in support of magnetic resonance (MR), computed tomography (CT), and positron emission tomography/CT (PET/CT) scanning. A recent study found that 80% of radiology departments are suffering from staff shortages.i Additionally, the most recent 2023 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Radiologic Sciences Staffing and Workplace Survey found that vacancy rates are the highest they have been since the survey was initiated in 2003.ii Health systems grappling with operational challenges and workforce shortages are increasingly looking for innovative solutions to increase their flexibility in staffing, scheduling, and operational structure to better meet the growing needs of their patient population. GE HealthCare offers multiple solutions to streamline workflows, increase efficiency, and ease the burden of staff shortages, including effortless operations to assist with remote scanning, training, protocol management, and collaboration.

To further enhance its remote operations portfolio, GE HealthCare launched an FDA-cleared new version of Digital Expert Access and announced an exclusive distribution agreement with IONIC Health in November 2023.