GE Healthcare's Voluson E Series Takes Silver Edison Award

WAUWATOSA, WI, May 7, 2010 - GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) is pleased to announce that its innovative women's health ultrasound system, the Voluson® E, was awarded silver in the Science and Medical - Standard division of the prestigious Edison Best New Products Award announced in New York on April 29. 
"A product can be innovative in terms of design and function but can't truly be considered a success if it's not widely accepted by customers and makes a difference in the care of patients - the Voluson series succeeds on all accounts," said  Karl-Heinz Lumpi, general manager of GE Healthcare's Women's Health and Specialty Ultrasound. "We knew the system was special because it was one of the first to become healthymagination validated and it's a thrill to receive this recognition from the well-respected Edison Awards. Congratulations to the development team."

Started in 1987, the Edison Award honors a wide range of new products and product innovations in the spirit of Thomas Alva Edison, America's greatest inventor and innovator. Edison was father of the electric light bulb, document duplication, recorded sound, commercial electricity generation, and the motion picture, to name but a few.

"Innovation is more important now than ever," said Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison, and chairperson of the Edison Awards Steering Committee. "The Edison Award winners are the moving parts in the engine of economic growth. They inspire people to think outside the box and their results improve the lives of people around the world."

The winners were recognized on the criteria of marketplace innovation, marketplace success, technological innovation, market structure innovation, and societal impact.

Voluson systems are designed specifically to help meet the needs of OB/GYN, assisted reproductive medicine, and labor and delivery imaging applications. The system's proprietary automated technologies are healthymagination validated because they're designed to help clinicians reduce manual tasks during ultrasound examinations, which can help significantly reduce exam time, bring down costs and improve patient care.

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