- GE HealthCare announced it is buying Caption Health. These are the details.
GE HealthCare (Nasdaq: GEHC) – a leading global precision care innovator – announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Caption Health, which is a privately owned artificial intelligence (AI) healthcare leader that creates clinical applications to aid in early disease detection, using AI to assist in conducting ultrasound scans. And with Caption AI applications, ultrasound examinations can be easier and faster, enabling a broader set of healthcare professionals to conduct basic echocardiogram exams. This technology is able to help detect signs of diseases like heart failure in at-risk patients across doctors’ offices, the home, and alternate sites of care, potentially preventing hospitalizations and supporting improved clinical outcomes.
Heart ultrasound examinations are known as the primary tool used to help identify heart failure, the most common diagnosis in the U.S. for hospitalized patients over the age of 651. And it contributes to millions of deaths globally every year, but early symptoms like fatigue or shortness of breath are commonly confused for normal signs of aging. A study showed that 38% of new heart failure patients are diagnosed in acute care facilities, even though 46% of these patients had potential symptoms six months before diagnosis when intervention would have had a greater impact in slowing disease progression.
Doctors call heart failure the “silent killer” since it is so easy to ignore symptoms until it is too late. And it has remained a leading cause of death nationwide, with cases on the rise following the COVID pandemic.
As part of this acquisition, Caption Health is going to continue to provide management and administrative services to affiliated medical services providers (Caption Care). By providing trained technicians across the country equipped with the Caption Health AI technology to perform cardiac ultrasounds in alternate sites of care and, in the future, in the comfort of patient’s homes, Caption Care service is intended to support early diagnosis and detection before diseases like heart failure become more difficult to treat. Caption Health also has a strong development pipeline of AI software, including innovative technology for the use of ultrasound in pulmonary applications.
The consummation of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. The financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. GE HealthCare plans to fund this transaction with cash on hand.
“Guiding ultrasound users during examinations with the help of AI is of growing importance, especially as we reach a broader set of healthcare professionals. Caption Health’s AI applications help enable reliable, consistent ultrasound examinations to deliver more precise diagnoses, improved treatment decision-making, and ultimately improved patient outcomes. This tuck-in acquisition will help expand affordable access to ultrasound imaging to novice users and is aligned with a broader shift to precision care globally.”
— GE HealthCare Ultrasound President and CEO Roland Rott
“We are incredibly proud of the technology we have built and together with GE HealthCare, look forward to bringing this technology to more patients across the globe. Combining our AI applications with GE HealthCare’s ultrasound devices will help accelerate our mission to detect disease earlier, when an easily obtained diagnostic image can be a great equalizer to health quality and outcomes. This will ultimately help us reduce costs and enhance care.”
— Caption Health CEO Steve Cashman
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the Caption Health team to increase access and accelerate growth of ultrasound. Caption Health will first be integrated in the Point of Care and Handheld business portfolio to advance ultrasound adoption, with expanded future use cases as well.”
— Karley Yoder, Chief Digital Officer, Ultrasound at GE HealthCare, who will integrate Caption Health into the broader digital ecosystem of GE HealthCare