GE Healthcare, the USD 17 billion healthcare business of General Electric Company, today announced healthcare initiatives targetted at early health care in the country, including a tie up with four partners. Speaking at the Early Health Care Summit, V Raja, President and CEO, GE Healthcare India, said GE has tied-up with Manipal Heart Institute for mobile cardiac screening and entered into a similar tie-up with Vivus to deliver cardiac care to rural patients. GE has also tied up with the NGO NICE Foundation for sustainable healthcare in maternal infant care, diabetes and IP care and has partnered with Grameen Health, a part of the micro financing unit, to help addresss needs of four billion people globally living on annual income less than Rs one lakh. GE and NICE would work towards creating new benchmarking healthcare models for creating sustainable healthcare delivery model in maternal-infant care. Infant mortality is 56.72 for every 1,000 babies born in India; some 12 lakh infants die during the first month of life which is one fourth of the global number; every minute a mother dies in India, which is otherwise preventable. Twenty five per cent of the world’s childbirth happens in India yet it is one of the most neglected care areas, he said. These new healthcare models while delivering quality care will explore the possibility of innovative new technology that are simple to use, portable, battery operated and economical. According to Ganesh Prasad, VP Clinical Systems, GE Healthcare,”If we are able to create simple tools that are economical and attratice to smallest of clinics, we will be taking the right actions to counter maternal infant deaths”.