Hitachi announces integration and expansion of healthcare businesses to serve the American market
New organization integrates medical imaging businesses with innovation and informatics activities to create new platform for growth.
February 15, 2017
By Tan Hui Wen
Hitachi, Ltd. has announced the formation of a new American business group focused on consolidating its various medical imaging offerings while expanding its focus on Healthcare Innovation & Informatics. Hitachi will combine Hitachi Aloka Medical America, Inc. into Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc. on April 1, 2017, which will then change its name to Hitachi Healthcare America Corporation.
The newly formed company will function as the regional headquarters providing sales and maintenances services while driving an enhanced customer-focused strategy for growing the company’s current medical modality segments. The company will also drive the expansion of its healthcare innovation and strengthen its informatics-related medical businesses in the Americas.
Hitachi’s healthcare business, one of the four major focuses of the company’s Social Innovation business, provides diagnostic and clinical solutions aimed at achieving more efficient quality in medical service. These solutions range from diagnostic/clinical systems, such as particle therapy systems, to testing/reagents such as clinical analyzers and informatics that include IT services and integrated community care systems.
“We are focused on the long-term future of Hitachi’s Healthcare commitment in America and are taking deliberate, strategic actions to improve the company’s overall operations while enhancing our competitive position and future growth,” said Yasuhiko Taniguchi, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare Division, Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi also reiterated its commitment to increasing its product offerings and service expertise to key healthcare partnerships in the region. “Integrating our medical imaging operations will allow us to accelerate the design and development of cost effective healthcare technology and services offerings, while continuing to provide a superior level of service, and support to our customers and partners in America,” said Donald Broomfield, President and CEO, Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. “The scale and scope of this new organization will also enable us to provide a growth platform to further advance our medical imaging solutions.”
Hitachi has also announced its intention to intergrate its Innovation and Informatics Division, which currently belongs to Hitachi America, Ltd. into the new Hitachi Healthcare America Corporation. The company will focus on collaborative creation with its Americas-based key partners and customers to realize advanced medical technology and Informatics solutions, such as using radiation therapy treatment data and artificial intelligence to support creating better treatment plans, for example.
With this intergration Hitachi will accelerate its focus on precision medicine and value-based solutions through its collaborative creation process with customers and partners in the America region.